Postpartum Comfort: Lemon Tofu Congee
Congee is one of our favorite meals! It is a go-to breakfast porridge throughout Asia, and the perfect first meal after labor. At Nouri, we took this traditional dish and made it even more nutrient-dense by adding in ginger and other toppings.
Ginger is also a traditionally "warm" food, which, according to TCM, or Traditional Chinese Medicine will help with your digestion which is typically the most compromised after labor (and help you prepare for that first BM after birth!).
1 cup of white rice, brown or wild is fine
3 cups of water
1 tbsp of soy sauce or tamari
1 tbsp of black sesame seeds
½ of a lemon or ¾ cup of lemon juice
¾ cup of baked tofu or fresh tofu
¾ cup of baked squash
1 tbsp of ginger
1 tbsp of garlic
1 tbsp of chopped scallion
Add rice and water to a pot. Grate fresh ginger and garlic. Add soy sauce and scallions. Mix well then set to boil and simmer. Add more water as needed so rice becomes very soft, more than typical. Simmer on low for about 30 minutes.
Once rice has become soft with some liquid still in the pot, let it cool. Once cooled, transfer to a small bowl. Add tofu, squash, scallions and sesame seeds. Squeeze half a lemon all over - be careful to catch the seeds. Enjoy!