When it comes to grains, millet is often left off the list. Most people consider this small grass seed to be birdseed, nothing more. However, the grain is a great source of protein and vitamins and should certainly be included in your meals. Not sure how to use it? It's easier than you might think.
1. Granola. Millet is a wonderful addition to any granola recipe. You can mix it with other grains and nuts and roast it in the oven as usual. The millet will add a nice sweet taste, similar to toasted corn.
2. Porridge. Toast the grain lightly in a frying pan until golden brown. Add 2 cups of water for every 1 cup of millet and bring to a boil. Simmer for 15 minutes, turn off the heat and let sit until the water is gone. Fluff with a fork and serve with veggies or almond milk and sugar. This is best served immediately.
3. Mash. While this doesn't sound very appetizing, it can be really good when made properly. You simply cook one cup of millet in 3 cups of water, coconut milk or broth until it forms a creamy porridge. Serve as is with a bit of olive oil or spread it in a pan and let it chill overnight in the fridge. The next morning, slice and fry in a little oil for a tasty breakfast. If you've used coconut milk, you can add a little jam or syrup to create the perfect sweet breakfast. Otherwise, try with sauteed veggies on the side.
4. Muffins. Do you have a grain mill? If you do (and I highly recommend having one) you can use it to make your own millet flour. Otherwise you can buy it online. This flour creates nice fluffy and slightly sweet muffins and breads. However, it does get a bit crumbly, so use some wheat flour to ensure it sticks together. Even just a little millet flour can add a lot of flavor and nutrition to your food.
5. Crusts. Before you bake those potato wedges, dredge them in some millet flour. This creates a lovely crust with a unique flavor. Add some fresh or dried herbs for extra zing. You can use this with anything you might bread, from tofu to avocadoes.
Don't be afraid to experiment with different flours and grains. Millet is something that you might be tempted to overlook, but that would be a shame. It's well worth a try. You might just find that you have a new favorite ingredient.
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