Millet for Lunch Roundup – Wholesome Wholegrain Cooking Event

Millet RecipesFirst off, I’d like to thank all of you who participated in the Wholesome Wholegrain Cooking Event and made the most amazing millet dishes to share with us. The WWC was started by Sanjeeta at Lite Bite as a way to explore ways to incorporate more whole grains into our everyday diet. I chose to feature millet at lunch. I wanted something that would challenge me to use millet in ways I hadn’t before and lunch is one of those times when I could improve on my wholegrain consumption.

For those of you unfamiliar with millet, millet is a seed, and therefore gluten free. It is rich in manganese, magnesium and niacin, which are only a few of its many strengths. A few interesting facts about magnesium (1 serving of millet has 26% of your recommended intake), is that it has been shown to reduce the severity of asthma but also the the frequency of migraines. Good to know if you suffer from either one of those conditions. The magnesium and niacin are shown to lower blood pressure and lower cholesterol. So though this seed might be popular in good old bird seed blends, it’s clearly not only for the birds.

Here are a few reasons I enjoy cooking millet. First, it’s fairly fast to make. Boil it for 20 minutes, remove from heat, and let sit 10 minutes. It also cooks up light and fluffy or smooth and creamy like porridge depending on how you cook it. Who doesn’t like flexibility in there food choices? I find that millet is also an easy substitute for rice or quinoa. It’s nice to know that if I run out of either, good old millet can sub in for it’s sexier gluten free sisters.

This might surprise some of you, but millet used to be the original couscous. Couscous was made with cracked millet. Now it’s made with a glutenous flour, but you might consider trying millet as a substitute for a healthier side dish.

There’s a blend of recipes below, from a few blogs that also promote healthy living through real unprocessed foods. I encourage you to take a look around their websites for an encyclopedia’s worth of healthy recipes, tips and information.

Based on the amount of recipes submitted, I suspect that millet isn’t the most popular choice these days. It’s not nearly as sexy as quinoa, I know, but I think some of you will change your minds when you see the lovely creations and possibilities that I round up to supplement the entries.

The Millet Energy Salad



Warm Millet and Broccoli Salad 

from Debbie at Easy Natural Food


Vegetarian Stuffed Peppers with Millet Black Bean Pilaf and Roasted Red Pepper Sauce

by Jeanette at Jeanette’s Healthy Living

White Bean and Millet Mini-Casseroles

by Kalinda at Wheat Free Meat Free

Corn Free Millet ‘Cornbread’

by Tessa at Tessa The Domestic Diva

Millet and Pomegranate Salad with a Basil Chimichurri

by BTP

 Pumpkin Arugula Millet Salad with Pine Nuts and Feta

by BTP

Here’s a few links to open your eyes to the possibility of millet. The first two are lovely examples provided by Jeanette at Jeanette’s Healthy Living on how millet can take the place of rice or potatoes on your dinner plate. I even snuck in a breakfast option that was submitted by Tessa at Tessa the Domestic Diva, in addition to the Millet ‘Cornbread’ recipe, which is fun and adds a twist to a classic.

Thai Chicken Skewers Served With Millet and Baby Bok Choy

Tikka Masala Meatballs served with Curried Millet and Sauteed Rainbow Swiss Chard

Fennel Mustard Seed Rockfish with Broiled Orange and Radish Millet Salad

Asian Millet Salad with Mango



Millet Porridge

by Tessa at Tessa The Domestic Diva


Millet Patties

by Alicia Silverstone (see even famous people eat millet!)

Warm Broccoli and Millet

by Eden Kitchen

Millet Lentil and Tomato Salad

by Fit Sugar

Mark Bittman’s Autumn Millet Bake

posted by 101 cookbooks

I’m sharing thins with King’s Court IV, Kelly The Kitchen Kop, Simple Lives Thursdays, Pennywise Platter, Full Plate Thursdays, Frugal Fridays, Designs by Gollum, Lunch Box Love, The Gluten Free Homemaker and

20 Responses to Millet for Lunch Roundup – Wholesome Wholegrain Cooking Event

  1. Kalinda November 2, 2011 at 2:53 pm #

    Lovely roundup France! You have so many great looking recipes. :)

  2. Debbie @ Easy Natural Food November 2, 2011 at 4:37 pm #

    What a great collection of recipes! Very mouth watering….. Thanks for showing my recipe in your roundup. I noticed that it doesn’t link back to my website….do you mind fixing that when you get a chance?


    • France Morissette November 2, 2011 at 8:21 pm #

      Sorry about that Debbie! Fixed.

  3. France Morissette November 2, 2011 at 4:59 pm #

    Hi Debbie, thanks for the catch and thank you for submitting your wonderful recipe! The link is fixed now.

  4. Jeanette November 2, 2011 at 5:24 pm #

    Lovely roundup France – it is nice to see how versatile Millet can be…the millet “cornbread” sounds so interesting. Thanks for including me in your roundup.

  5. Linda November 2, 2011 at 6:46 pm #

    This is a fabulous line up of millet recipes and will definitely be my go to place for picking out a recipe! I’m so glad you shared this information as I’ve never had millet before and was totally unfamiliar with it. I do like to eat gluten free, tho I don’t have a medical reason to. I’m excited to try some of these out!

  6. Tessa@TessaDomesticDiva November 2, 2011 at 8:36 pm #

    You are right…millet is SO under-appreciated!! It is so cheap and nutritious and tasty…it is surprising! Even for people who are not gluten free, this little grain has a pleasant nutty taste delicious in all its’ forms! Thanks for sharing my recipes, I look forward to trying some the new ones on this roundup!!

  7. Kelly November 2, 2011 at 8:41 pm #

    You know I love your millet recipes France and I enjoyed viewing the entire collection here… so much inventiveness and deliciousness (!) I also like that you choose to spotlight millet because it is less well known than some of the other ancient grains – quinoa for instance – yet, no less interesting in texture, taste and nutrient composition. Your line-up illustrates that beautifully!

  8. Koko November 3, 2011 at 12:15 am #

    Mmmm so many delicious ideas…that warm millet and broccoli salad has me drooling!

  9. Linda November 3, 2011 at 2:38 am #

    What a great millet roundup. Every time I mention millet to someone they say, “I thought millet was a bird seed.” Thanks for participating in Gluten-Free Wednesdays.

  10. Sanjeeta kk November 4, 2011 at 4:43 am #

    Wonderful creations..posting it in my FB page and profile as well. Best wishes.

  11. Winnie November 4, 2011 at 1:21 pm #

    I adore millet! Thanks for highlighting all these great recipes :)

  12. Kim,USA November 4, 2011 at 6:36 pm #

    Wow these foods are fantastic.!

    Food Friday

  13. maiylah November 5, 2011 at 7:55 am #

    wow…i would never have thought that millet can be so versatile! i would love to incorporate them into my family’s meals! will go looking for some good millet packs this weekend.

    thanks so much for sharing this awesome millet recipes roundup with us over at Food Friday, France
    happy weekend!

  14. Mika November 5, 2011 at 10:52 pm #

    Great variety of dishes…I love the Vegetarian Stuffed Peppers with Millet Black Bean Pilaf and Roasted Red Pepper Sauce :)

  15. France November 5, 2011 at 10:56 pm #

    Thanks Mika. Jeanette always has great recipes on her blog so make sure and regularly check out what’s going on over there. It’s great stuff.

  16. Miz Helen November 8, 2011 at 3:27 pm #

    I am just drooling over all these wonderful salad’s, they are just awesome!
    Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday. Hope you are having a great week and come back soon!
    Miz Helen


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