Tropical Traditions recently sent me an enormous bag of hulled millet to do a product review. Finding out that it is gluten-free was of interest to me – while I don’t eat a gluten-free diet, I still like to try to reduce the amount of gluten in the food I eat. It’s also nice to have alternatives to rice in meals!
Millet is a healthy choice because it is easy to digest and it is a powerful source of a variety of important nutrients, including magnesium, phosphorous, B vitamins, and potassium. It is also high in fibre. Millet reminds me a lot of quinoa. It has the same type of shape when cooked, and like quinoa it can be used as a replacement for rice or for oats.
So what did I do with it? I combined 1 cup millet with 3 cups water, boiled it on the stove and then reduced to a simmer and let it sit, covered, for about 20 minutes. Millet turns delightfully fluffy when cooked this way and it makes a huge amount. I was eating millet for days the first time I cooked it up 🙂 It’s so easy to whip up a pot of millet. Even easier than rice, if that’s possible! And it freezes very well if you like to make big batches to heat up the following day (or week), like I do.
Cooked millet tastes amazing when combined with some drained and rinsed canned chickpeas (or other beans), steamed broccoli, Bragg’s soy sauce, nutritional yeast flakes, crushed red pepper flakes and ground black pepper. It also works very well in stir-fry with elk meat. I have been using millet everywhere I normally would have used rice. It’s delicious! I’m really enjoying it and I love that it’s tasty, good for me, and gentle on the tummy.
Do you want to try some millet?
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Disclaimer: Tropical Traditions provided me with a free sample of this product to review, and I was under no obligation to review it if I so chose. Nor was I under any obligation to write a positive review or sponsor a product giveaway in return for the free product.