Congee is a hot rice porridge eaten all over Asia, usually for breakfast. The meltingly tender rice makes a luscious base for a wide variety of toppings, so feel free to improvise and add to the suggestions below. For creamier results, double the liquid (you can use half vegetable broth, half water), and simmer the congee for 30 to 40 minutes. 

Already have some cooked brown rice in the fridge? Use 3 cups, and skip Step 1.

Quick Congee

Ingredients

  • 1 cup dried brown rice
  • 1 14-oz. package extra-firm tofu, drained and cut into cubes
  • 8 oz. sliced cremini mushrooms
  • 3 cups mushroom or vegetable broth
  • 1 tablespoons reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 3 slices fresh ginger root
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced (2 tsp.)
  • 2 scallions (green onions), thinly sliced
  • Sesame seeds, for garnish

Instructions

  1. Cook brown rice according to package directions. Set aside.
  2. Preheat the oven to 400˚F, and line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats. Spread tofu cubes on one baking sheet and mushroom slices on the other. Roast 10 minutes. Flip tofu cubes and mushroom slices, and roast 8 to 10 minutes more or until browned on the edges.
  3. Meanwhile, bring the rice, broth, soy sauce, ginger, and garlic to a simmer in a large saucepan. Simmer, partially covered, 10 minutes, or until rice is soft and has absorbed some of the broth. Spoon the congee (rice) into bowls, and top with roasted tofu cubes, mushrooms, sliced green onions, and sesame seeds.
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When Mary Margaret Chappell first started out in the plant-based food world as a writer, editor, and recipe developer, she was a bacon-loving former pastry chef who didn’t think she could ever cook without butter. Fourteen years, four cookbooks, dozens of cooking classes, and hundreds of recipes later, her favorite thing in the world is sharing the tips, techniques, and recipes that show just how easy and delicious whole-food, plant-based cooking can be. The former food editor of Vegetarian Times magazine has done away with her dependency on butter and is honing her skills at baking with natural sweeteners. 

Mary Margaret lives in France, where plant-based eating can often be a challenge, but the fruits, vegetables, grains, and legumes available are simply amazing.

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