Hey y’all! Hope you’re having a great Friday! I’m very much looking forward to the weekend! This weekend is the hubby’s b-day and it should be a good time.
Yesterday, I finally got around to trying out the millet I bought a week or so ago at the farmer’s market – I saw this post and pretty much followed it for cooking the millet and then I experimented with it using it in a sweet dish and then a savory one.
Although Millet is most often found in birdseed in the US, it is actually an ancient seed that is a staple in many Asian countries and is cultivated in drier climates like Northern China and Africa. It has a mild sweet, nutty flavor and is often ground into flour and used for making flat bread and other delicious foods.
I started by toasting a cup of millet in a dry skillet over medium heat
I toasted it up until it was fragrant and I could hear it start popping – probably about 6-8 mins. I constantly shook the pan to make sure it didn’t burn. Toasting before cooking is should bring out the flavor more.
After toasting, I rinsed it in cold water.
Next, I brought 6 cups of water with a little salt added to a boil. In my research yesterday, I learned that once grains are added to boiling water, they should not be stirred while they cook, as this can rupture the cells and create stickiness.
Add the millet and once it boils, cook for 12 mins at a simmer
After cooking for 12 mins, I drained the millet and water into a colander – for about 10 mins or so.
Then it was time to experiment. Firstly, I wanted to make a sweet breakfast so I fixed it like I would oats – I used millet, a tsp of homemade fig preserves, a little bit of maple syrup, unsweetened coconut flakes and some walnuts. Yummy!
Then it was time to try my hand a savory dish. For lunch, I decided to try to make a cold salad with fresh veggies and herbs.
I used millet, diced English cucumber, fresh cilantro, green olives, and then I made a dressing out of fresh lemon juice and olive oil. I added salt and pepper to taste and wah-la! A healthy side dish or meal!
For more information on Millet and other recipes, I came across this post on Apartment Therapy The Kitchn and will probably give some of these a try soon. I think that my “sweet” dish would’ve been a little better if I had added either almond butter or peanut butter. The millet reminded me of quinoa a bit. I prefer quinoa, but am glad to have tried this out. I can’t wait to experiment a little more and will probably try it as rice or maybe even by adding it to a soup this week. We shall see.
Other eats from yesterday included:
Toast spread with cashew cheese and cucumbers – this was eaten along with my millet salad
This was an awesome combo!
And for dinner, I tried out my new green curry paste and cooked up a Green Curry Chicken over Brown Basmati Rice for me and the hubby – spicy! It was amazing – I got a little over zealous with the curry paste, but it was so yummy! Can’t wait to make this again soon.
For this curry I used:
- 1 lb of chicken breasts, thinly sliced
- 2 T of green curry paste
- 2 T olive oil
- 1 can + 1/3 cup of Coconut Milk
- 2 new potatoes
- 2 carrots
- 1 poblano pepper
- 1 med onion, cut into large chunks
- 1 Roma tomato diced
- salt and pepper
I added 1 T of olive oil and added the onions, carrots and potatoes to start cooking and getting soft. Then I added in the remaining items and stirred until the curry paste was mixed in with the coconut milk. I brought everything up to a boil and then reduced to medium heat and cooked until chicken was done and veggies were soft.
Meanwhile, I cooked the Basmati Rice and once that was done, I fluffed it with a fork and then served us up a plate. We loved it so much that we both had seconds. It was so delicious. Super spicy, but a tone of flavor.
Here’s the brand of green curry paste I used.
Before fixing dinner, I did manage to make it to the gym.
- 10 min warm-up walking on treadmill
- 5.5 miles – 56 mins!!!! (woo-hoo)
- 8 min cool-down walking on treadmill
Yesterday was super productive as well, I spent the day running errands to get things for the hubby’s b-day tomorrow – I’m super excited about the gifts I got him and for the sweet treats we’re going to be consuming!! I love b-days!
Peace out y’all….