My TCM Breakfast Obsession: 𝙔𝙞 𝙔𝙞 𝙍𝙚𝙣 porridge 😋
𝙔𝙞 𝙔𝙞 𝙍𝙚𝙣 has many names: Croix Seed, Job's Tears, Chinese pearled barley, Yi Mi
It's an herb in Chinese Medicine that's used in many formulas to help to 𝙩𝙤𝙣𝙞𝙛𝙮 𝙤𝙪𝙧 𝙙𝙞𝙜𝙚𝙨𝙩𝙞𝙫𝙚 𝙨𝙮𝙨𝙩𝙚𝙢 and 𝙧𝙚𝙙𝙪𝙘𝙚 𝙙𝙖𝙢𝙥𝙣𝙚𝙨𝙨 in the body. And it's gluten-free 👌🏽
I'll have to write another post on what '𝗱𝗮𝗺𝗽𝗻𝗲𝘀𝘀' is, but think: congestion, mucous, cysts, pus, tumours. For additional symptoms, think: feeling lethargic, bloating, loose stools, sinus congestion, brain fog.
Many foods are used as herbs in TCM (food is medicine) and this is one of them.
You cook Yi Yi Ren like rice; I make mine in the insta pot.
Here's the recipe - along with the benefits!
🥣 1 cup Yi Yi Ren - 𝘴𝘵𝘳𝘦𝘯𝘨𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘯𝘴 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘥𝘪𝘨𝘦𝘴𝘵𝘪𝘷𝘦 𝘴𝘺𝘴𝘵𝘦𝘮, 𝘥𝘳𝘢𝘪𝘯𝘴 𝘥𝘢𝘮𝘱𝘯𝘦𝘴𝘴
🥣 10 Da Zao (Chinese red dates, pits removed. See my previous post about 𝘿𝙖 𝙕𝙖𝙤 to learn more!) - 𝘴𝘶𝘱𝘱𝘰𝘳𝘵𝘴 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘴𝘱𝘭𝘦𝘦𝘯 𝘲𝘪, 𝘣𝘶𝘪𝘭𝘥𝘴 𝘣𝘭𝘰𝘰𝘥
🥣 Handful of walnuts - 𝘴𝘶𝘱𝘱𝘰𝘳𝘵𝘴 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘒𝘪𝘥𝘯𝘦𝘺 𝘴𝘺𝘴𝘵𝘦𝘮 & 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘣𝘳𝘢𝘪𝘯
🥣 2 tbsp chia seeds - 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘰𝘮𝘦𝘨𝘢 𝟹𝘴, 𝘱𝘳𝘰𝘵𝘦𝘪𝘯, 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘧𝘪𝘣𝘳𝘦
🥣 1 tbsp coconut oil - 𝘣𝘶𝘪𝘭𝘥𝘴 𝘺𝘪𝘯
🥣 3 cups vanilla almond milk (or 1/2 almond milk, 1/2 water)
🥣 A sprinkle of hemp hearts (optional) - which in TCM support 𝘩𝘦𝘢𝘭𝘵𝘩𝘺 𝘱𝘰𝘰𝘱𝘴, but they are also a source of 𝘩𝘦𝘢𝘭𝘵𝘩𝘺 𝘧𝘢𝘵𝘴, 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘢𝘥𝘥 𝘢 𝘺𝘶𝘮𝘮𝘺 𝘯𝘶𝘵𝘵𝘺 𝘧𝘭𝘢𝘷𝘰𝘶𝘳.
🥣 Ground flax seeds - 𝘰𝘮𝘦𝘨𝘢𝘴 & 𝘯𝘶𝘵𝘵𝘺 𝘵𝘢𝘴𝘵𝘦
🥣 drizzle of almond milk
Put everything but the optional toppings in the insta pot (you could add the walnuts after but I find them easier to digest when cooked in - or a bit of both). Cook on pressure cook setting for 6min. Let sit 15min before opening the lid.
Freezes well for quick breakfasts too.
You can purchase online @theherbdepot.ca or / Amazon / or delivery on GOcery app / or find at your local Asian market.
TIP: if ordering online search the different names above to make sure you find it.
If you make it let me know!