A SIMPLE BABY [or adult ;)] MEAL MADE IN THE INSTANT POT!
Porridge is a meal given to babies in most Asian Cultures and is considered to be very nutritious because of one simple ingredient.
HISTORY- Bone-Broth is known for its multitude of healing abilities as we have come to know, but it has been eaten for many years in Eastern Asia. Not only in porridge but stews and soups are all mostly made with some sort of bone broth. To give a little insight into the real deal of things, bones from dinner are soaked in water overnight with a few vegetables and then simmered on low the next day for long hours. I try to make my own, but mom life happens😜
WHY bone broth over broth/stock? For one it has many minerals that are beneficial in a multitude of ways. It increases bone strength with magnesium, phosphorous, and of course calcium. Next, there’s collagen which we all know is needed for us aging gems and starting the kids off right at a younger age is THUMBS UP DON’T YOU THINK? Last but not least, I really think it helps with sleep. I don’t think it’s just the rice but glycin as well. My husband has been drinking it every morning since 2009 and well… he has no issues sleeping!
I give my little one porridge almost everyday with different variations, However, the key ingredients remain the same every time; Bone Broth, Bone-in Chicken, and Rice. The variations include grains, vegetables, spices, herbs, and oils. Not only is this dish nutritious, but it actually tastes pretty good and is simple to make!
Here are some variations for this dish, should you want to make it a routine and offer different flavors…
- turmeric (powder or fresh)
- parsley (dried or fresh)
- dried onions
- fish, coconut, or avocado oil
- vegetables: peas, spinach, kale, carrots, green beans, onions, bell peppers, sweet potato, butternut squash, acorn squash, zucchini, etc. The possibilities are endless.
- grains and lentils: quinoa, millet, or mung daal.
- beef or chicken bone broth are great options
Offering variations with some of the staple ingredients will help when introducing new foods to your baby and hopefully allow them to accept it.
When my husband and I want to eat this for a meal, we top it with the following condiments…
- soy sauce
- toasted sesame oil
- sesame seeds
- green onions
- dry roasted unsalted peanuts
- chopped chili peppers
IT IS DELISH!
You all have seen me make this one too many times on my Instagram stories. So here I am finally sharing the fail-proof recipe. Hope you all enjoy it! Please let me know what you and your baby think of this dish. I love hearing from you!
A meal made for babies or compromised immune systems. It is nutritious and tasty enough to be enjoyed guilt-free!
- 1/4 cup rice, (or a mix of quinoa, rice and/or mung daal) washed until water runs clear
- 1 cup bone broth, chicken or beef
- 1 tbsp dried parsley
- 1 tbsp onions, chopped finely (dried or fresh)
- 1/4 cup vegetable(s), chopped finely
- 1 piece chicken, drumstick, wing, or thigh (skin-on and bone-in)
Place all ingredients into the instant pot.
Close the lid and use the pre-set "porridge" button. Leave the vent to sealing so no air escapes.
Open once the Instant Pot has completely cooled and the valve has dropped.
Shred the chicken with a fork as needed and serve hot/warm. Add salt + toppings (listed above) as desired.
1. I do not add salt for my little ones.
2. You can add any variation of vegetables, grains, daals, and oils listed above.
3. I recommend eating the chicken the same day it was made. Refrigerating and eating it the next day has a "chicken" taste to it. The rice portion of the porridge is usually okay to eat the next day. Again, just a recommendation :).
HAPPY EATING LITTLE ONE! <3