If you've ever had a bird as a pet, you probably know what millet is. It has historically been used in bird seed mixes for many years, but this ancient grain isn't just for the birds! In fact it's one of the healthiest and most versatile grains out there and since we are all about food as medicine here at Meal Plans for Health, we've dedicated this week's What's That?! Wednesday post to millet, it's health benefits, and how to cook with it.
This soothing and savory grain originated in the dry climates of Africa, but is now grown worldwide and can be used just like rice for stir fries, pilafs, vegetarian patties or burgers, and other grain based dishes. Or you can cook it longer and with a little more liquid to make it into 'mashed potatoes' or a lovely breakfast porridge.
Health Benefits of Millet:
How to Buy Millet:
Store bought millet is usually hulled millet and resembles quinoa in size and texture. It kinda looks like a small version of couscous. You can buy it in the bulk section of all health food stores and many regular grocery stores are now starting to carry a packaged bag of it along side their other grains or in their gluten free section.
How to Cook Millet:
Check out our Balsamic Roasted Kabocha Squash & Kale with Pan Roasted Millet recipe. Have fun experimenting with this ancient grain and keep us posted with questions or comments.
~Jennifer & Billie
Billie Shellist, FDN-P
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