Another Monday behind us! Nothing too out of the ordinary going on here. I woke up at 6 to a pitch black morning but it wasn’t too hard to drag myself out of bed to the gym for some weight lifting. I’ve been using the guided machines lately but today I returned to free weights and wow! I’ve lost quite a bit of muscle! I used to be able to do bicep curls with 15lb weights no problem but today I could barely eek out 3 sets of 6. Lesson learned I guess.
For dinner tonight, I want to talk about millet. This grain is amazing in terms of its nutritional offerings! I personally love it because it’s a complete source of vegetarian protein. It’s also high in calcium and Vitamin B and is gluten free.
I only recently started cooking with it myself and I’m still coming around to the taste and texture. I think I’ve finally found the right way to cook it, which definitely makes a difference. At first I figured it was one cup water to a half cup grain but now I’ve learned your water quantity needs to almost triple the grain. 1 cup of uncooked millet takes 2.75 cups of water.
Even cooked this way, it’s still a very starchy grain but it grows on ya!
Tonight’s cooking was intended for dinner plus lunch for tomorrow.
First, our millet.
1 cup into the pot along with 2.75 cups of water.
To cook, you bring to a boil then turn the heat to low until all the water is absorbed.
While that cooked, I chopped up my vegetables: carrots, zucchini and some mushrooms.
I could easily eat that all in one sitting but, yes, that’s for two meals.
I cooked the veggies in coconut oil, another new product in my house.
If you haven’t tried coconut oil yet, I highly recommend it. Yes, a little pricy but so is all good oil and coconut oil adds such a unique flavor. Not coconutty at all but still excellent.
Into the pan they go with some salt, pepper and white wine vinegar.
I thought about making a sauce but after surveying the cabinets, I didnt feel inspired so I decided when the vegetables were done, I would add some marinara to coat the millet.
Once the millet has finished cooking it should look like so:
I stirred in a tablespoon of hummus for good measure. Hummus gets used in several of my kitchen adventures.
Portioned out an waiting for the sauce:
And then once the veggies were cooked, I poured on the marinara and served it up.
Mmm check out that fluffy bed of millet.
Hope I’ve inspired someone to try this great grain.