Reinvent Your Grain Game With These 12 Easy Millet Recipes
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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