Rice, Rice Baby

So it seems that when I called this Leftovers Lent, I wasn’t kidding. Did you ever have, like, 1/4 c of rice left in the bag and not know what to do with it? Now you know. Here’s a mix-up of congee and good old fashioned egg drop soup. The kids loved it, too.

Chinese Slow Cooker Soup

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Whatever bit of rice you have left, <1c
Vegetable stock and/or water (see below)
1 t freshly ground ginger (we used more)
1 clove garlic, finely minced
1 t onion powder
1 t salt
2 eggs
1 c shredded cabbage
3 carrots, cleaned, peeled and shredded
1/2 c frozen kernel corn
2 T chopped cilantro

Pour rice into your slow cooker. Add enough stock and/or water to come up about 1″ over the rice. Add ginger, garlic, onion powder, and salt. Cook on high 3-4 hours. About 1/2 hour before serving, whisk eggs until light and lemon colored, then slowly drizzle eggs into soup while whisking. Add cabbage, carrots and cilantro. Reduce heat to low (I don’t know if this made a difference or not, but that’s what I did), and allow to cook for 30 minutes. Serve hot.

The less rice you use, the thinner your congee-like soup will be, but that’s not a bad thing. I think I had about 1/3 c of rice in ours, and it was just the right thickness. If you’d like your veggies softer, you can probably throw them in when you first turn on the heat. Let me know what works for you?

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About Erin McCole Cupp
Erin McCole Cupp is a wife, mother, and lay Dominican who lives with her family of vertebrates somewhere out in the middle of Nowhere, Pennsylvania. Her short writing has appeared in Canticle Magazine, The Catholic Standard and Times, Parents, The Philadelphia City Paper, The White Shoe Irregular, Outer Darkness Magazine, and the newsletter of her children’s playgroup. She is a contributor to CatholicMom.com and has been a guest blogger for the Catholic Writers Guild. Her other professional experiences include acting, costuming, youth ministry, international scholar advising, and waiting tables. When Erin is not writing, cooking or parenting, she can be found reading, singing a bit too loudly, sewing for people she loves, gardening in spite of herself, or dragging loved ones to visitors centers at tourist spots around the country. Find out more about her novels and other projects at erinmccolecupp.com .

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