When it comes to nutrition we are deeply passionate about incorporating ancient practices from both Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and Ayurveda. Undertaking practices such as this help to support our bodies to their best ability. In TCM spleen deficiency can be expressed via a number of signs and symptoms, these include; acne, bloating, fluid retention, chronic fatigue, candida overgrowth, arthritis, and fibromyalgia.
Therefore, when we nourish our body with meals such as our Warming Ginger Congee, it helps to bring our body back into balance. We truly believe that in order to make the most of our nourishing food we must also nourish ourselves via self-care practices, mindful movement, acupuncture and whatever else serves your higher good.
If you are located on the Gold Coast we highly recommend you pay our beautiful friends at NUWA Natural Health a visit to assist your body back to a balanced state. These beautiful souls can help restore your mind and body via Acupuncture, Traditional Chinese Medicine and Massage Therapy.
Organic Brown Rice
Brown rice is a rich source of complex carbohydrates that helps to support the cardiovascular, digestive system, brain, and nervous system. Brown rice helps support these bodily systems thanks to its abundance of antioxidants that help to regulate cholesterol levels, reduce stress, help relieve depression and insomnia. In addition to these antioxidants, you can count on organic brown rice to prove your body with magnesium, potassium, vitamin E, vitamin B6, Thiamine and dietary fibre.
Ginger contains Gingerol (a substance with powerful medicinal properties), assists digestion, reduces nausea and help fight the flu and common cold, effective against exercise-induced muscle pain, helps to regulate blood sugar and decreases the risk of heart disease.
Organic Grass Fed Ghee
Ghee is similar to clarified butter, which is created by heating butter to remove the milk solids and water making it lactose-free hooray! Ghee has an almost caramel-like flavour, making it extremely morish and takes your food to the next level. Not only does ghee taste amazing, it offers some incredible benefits for the body, these include; rich source of Vitamin A, E, K which help to maintain healthy vision and glowing skin, contains Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA), which helps to reduce body fat, preventing cancer, reduce alleviating inflammation and lower blood pressure
Although they are small, these little seeds provide the body with a rich source magnesium, selenium, Omega 3 fatty acids, phosphorus and manganese. Containing these nutrients means that they help with energy production, help to reduce inflammation, anxiety, depression, support bone mineral density, boost metabolism and helps to regulate blood glucose.
Fennel seeds have been enjoyed for centuries to help reduce bloating, regulate blood pressure, purify the blood, reduce acne and oxidative stress, as well as, improve eyesight. We love adding fennel seeds to dishes such as these as they really deepen the flavours of this dish and allow our body to absorb the nutrients more readily.
Warming Ginger Congee
200g organic brown rice
2 L filtered water/organic bone or vegetable broth
2 tbsp freshly grated ginger
Juice ½ lemon
1 spring onion, sliced
1 tbsp grass fed organic ghee
1 tsp mustard seeds
1 tsp fennel seeds
A good pinch of cracked black pepper and sea salt
1 bunch fresh coriander or parsley, roughly chopped
¼ cup toasted sesame seeds
- Rinse the rice well in a sieve under running water. Once rinsed place the rice on a clean tea towel and use your hands to dry the rice with the tea towel to soak up as much moisture as you can.
- Place a medium-sized saucepan over medium heat. Add the ghee, rice, salt, pepper, mustard and fennel seeds and dry roast until the seeds and rice become fragrant (roughly 5 minutes)
- Now add the fresh ginger, lemon juice and shallots and pour over the liquid (water or broth) and bring to the boil. Once it starts to boil, reduce the heat to low to allow it to simmer. Cover the pan with its lid and allow it to cook slowly for roughly an hour. We like to keep a close eye on it, stirring it now and then to allow it to cook evenly and prevent and sticking.
- Once the congee has been cooking for an hour it should have become a nice and creamy texture.
- Spoon the mixture into medium-sized large serving bowls and top with fresh coriander or flat-leaf parsley and toasted sesame seeds.