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Reinvent your grain game with these 12 easy millet recipes


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Photo: The First Mess

When it comes to good-for-you grains, quinoa tends to get all the attention. And while it is a powerhouse of nutrients—including iron, magnesium, calcium, potassium, and folate—if you eat it on the reg, you know all too well that quinoa fatigue is real. Ready to switch things up? That’s where millet comes in, AKA the other ancient grain.   

Thought to be the first domesticated cereal grain, millet is rising in popularity among healthy eaters because of its high fiber content (17 grams a cup!) and links to promoting healthy cardiovascular health and reducing type 2 diabetes. It’s also tied to healthy weight management in postmenopausal women. And the cherry on top: it’s gluten-free. 

Ready to start working this powerhouse into your life? Rounded up here are 12 millet recipes for every meal of the day, including snack time. Sorry quinoa, there’s a new (old) grain in town.

banana millet porridge
Photo: Savory Simple

1. Banana Millet Breakfast Porridge

This millet porridge recipe tastes like banana bread-in-a-bowl. Swap out the regular milk for some creamy oat or other non-dairy milk of your choice to make this GF brekkie vegan, too.

Photo: E.A. Stewart

2. Mango Millet Lassi

Greens aren’t the only way to add fiber to your smoothie. Here, the supergrain is blended with mango, Greek yogurt, and cardamom bringing all sorts of tropical vibes to your day.

pecan and millet granola
Photo: Heart of a Baker

3. Toasted Millet and Pecan Granola

This gluten-free pecan and millet granola recipe is the perfect topping to add to your next yogurt parfait.

kale and millet frittata
Photo: Edible Perspective

4. Kale Fritatta with Millet Crust

Do brunch in this Sunday with a homemade frittata complete with a stacked nutritious lineup: kale and millet. This breakfast dish is full of flavor and great for sharing.

moroccan millet salad
Photo: Naturally Ella

5. Moroccan Carrot Salad with Millet

Want a little international spice with your millet? Try this vegan and gluten-free Moroccan salad filled with delicious herbs and foreign flavors for your next midday meal.

cauliflower and millet soup
Photo: Sugar Salted

6. Cauliflower Millet Soup with Lemon

If you are new to the millet trend, this light summer soup is the perfect place to start. It’s quick to whip up and makes good use of what’s likely already in your fridge and pantry, like lemon, egg, and nutmeg.

Photo: Beauty Bites

7. Vegetable Fried Millet

Put a healthy twist on the takeout fave by swapping out the rice for millet. The recipe is essentially the same, but the millet takes less time to cook (praise!).

Photo: Eating by Elaine

8. Turmeric Spiced Millet Veggie Burgers

Yep, the ancient grain even has a place at your next cookout. Not only are these turmeric millet burgers anti-inflammatory, but they have more kick and texture than your average veggie burger.

Photo: My Berry Forest

9. Millet with Roasted Tomatoes and Chickpeas

This entree is rounded out enough to serve as a main course for a wholesome vegan dinner that will feed the whole fam. The balance of grains, protein, and veggies means it’s all you need on the table.

millet polenta
Photo: The First Mess

10. Vegan BBQ Lentils with Millet Polenta

This healthy, vegan side will be *the* standout at your next backyard get-together, incorporating barbecue flavors into a creamy, polenta bowl.

Photo: Feasting on Fruit

11. Lemon Millet Bliss Balls

Made with only five ingredients, these little guys are quick, easy, sweet, and full of benefits. Besides millet, they also star dates, another fibrous superstar your gut will love.

Photo: Nirvana Cakery

12. Millet, Almond, and Pistachio Cookies

Millet for dessert? It’s happening. It bakes just as well as flour and is just as delish as your OG chocolate chip cookie recipe—and more filling, too.

While you’re adding to your recipe archive, check out these 10-minute lunch and 15-minute dinner recipes.

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