The word porridge can conjure images from "Oliver Twist," but this hearty breakfast choice is actually becoming trendy. Several porridge-themed cafés have even opened up in some European cities. Porridge is versatile, healthy and easy to make; you can use any grain you like, such as oats, barley, quinoa or rice. Flavorings can range from savory to sweet by mixing ingredients like spices or honey into the bowl. Explore Food & Wine's porridge ideas to find your next morning meal.

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Taiwanese Congee with Sweet Potato

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Congee, the popular rice porridge that’s eaten throughout Asia, is simple to make and perfect for a soothing meal any time of day. Slideshow: More Congee Recipes 


This porridge of rice and water make for a great base for a host of other foods such as chicken, beef, fish and vegetables. In China, congee is usually served for breakfast, but works just as well as a comforting dinner or lunch. Try these recipes including traditional congee, rice congee with pork meatballs and vegetable congee with ginger.

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Kimchi Congee

Spice up a simple batch of congee with flavorful kimchi. The salt and spice of kimchi is a great Korean addition to Chinese congee. Slideshow:  Asian Soups 

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Kabocha Squash Congee

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Simple, light and satisfying, tender kabocha squash is a perfect vegetable to finish off a classic congee rice and ginger porridge. Slideshow:  Squash Recipes 

Bacon and Onion Congee

Crisp bacon, chicken stock and sautéed onions make this congee rice porridge even more hearty, flavorful and satisfying. Slideshow:  Healthy Bacon Recipes 

Ginger Vegetable Congee

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Loaded with tender vegetables and fragrant ginger, this congee rice porridge is light, healthy and delicious. Slideshow:  Vegetarian Soups