Daily Ingredient: Millet

As non-meat-eaters, our meals seem to follow a similar pattern:  a whole grain, plant-based protein, vegetables, and usually a flavorful sauce or dressing.   Because of this it made sense to start my month of ingredient-focused blog posts with a grain.



Whether you’re gluten free or not, or looking for a simple side dish or interesting entree base, or trying to switch up your morning oatmeal routine, millet could be a good choice for you.  This cute little yellowish grain packs a lot of nutritional power.  It is rich in manganese, tryptophan, phosphorus and magnesium (especially important as it can can help to reduce migraines, lower blood pressure, and boost heart health).

I love that millet is versatile and yet simple to prepare.  It can serve as a substitute for fluffy rice, creamy mashed potatoes, rich risotto or hearty oatmeal.


I buy my millet from the bulk bins at Whole Foods, but you can also find boxed millet in the grain section of most grocery stores.  Once I get it home, I transfer it to an airtight jar and keep it in my cupboard for several months.

Similar to most grains, you should rinse your millet before cooking it.  I simply poured the millet into a sieve and rinsed it with cold water for about a minute.


For this basic millet preparation technique, the ratio to keep in mind is 1 cup millet : 2.5 cups water (or broth).

Combine millet and water in a pot and bring to a boil.


Reduce heat to a simmer, cover the pot, and set a timer for 25 minutes.

When the liquid is absorbed (but not to the point where the mixture is overly dry) remove from the stove and fluff with a fork.


Then comes the fun part — dressing up this simple grain with additional ingredients. Tomorrow I’ll share an easy recipe using this cooked millet and a few fun toppings!


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