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Don’t you love those dinners when you have extra for lunch or even another dinner that week? Fresh. This recipe is exactly that. Simple. Leftover-friendly. Nourishing.

If you’re new to millet it’s a definite must try.  It’s a bit thicker + chewier than quinoa with a less earthy flavor.

This recipe is gluten-free & vegan and serves 3-4.

 

Ingredients

3 cups cooked millet
1 ½ cups fresh or frozen corn
1 ½ cups cooked chickpeas, drained + rinsed
7-8 cups chopped spinach
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon cumin
salt + pepper
1 tablespoon safflower oil
¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
3-4 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
zest from ½ of a lemon

toppings: fresh thyme, oregano, avocado, pepitas, hot sauce, etc.

 

Method

1. Pour 1 tablespoon safflower oil [or other cooking oil] into a large pan over medium heat.

2. Once hot, add the chickpeas and cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.

3. Add the corn and cook for another 7-10 minutes until the beans + corn are starting to turn golden brown.

4. Add in the cumin, garlic, and a big pinch of salt + pepper.

5. Stir for about 30 seconds until the garlic is fragrant then stir in the spinach and cook until just wilted [about 2 minutes].

6. Remove from heat and toss with 3 cups of millet, then refrigerate uncovered until fully chilled.  Stir the mixture while chilling to speed up the process.

7. Combine the olive oil, 3 tablespoons lemon juice, lemon zest, and a pinch of salt and pepper in a jar and shake vigorously to combine.

8. Pour the desired amount of dressing over the chilled millet mixture and toss to coat.  I used nearly all of it. Or, leave undressed and portion out dressing to package up and take to work with you if desired.

9. Taste and adjust salt + pepper and add more lemon juice if desired.

10. Finish each serving with a sprinkling of fresh herbs + avocado or place in an airtight container in the fridge until ready to eat.  Keeps for about 2 days after dressing.

 

Notes/subs: Feel free to serve this hot if desired: After step 6, toss with the dressing and serve with fresh herbs + avocado.  I prefer this meal chilled. If you don’t have millet on hand quinoa would work perfectly. A non-gluten-free alternative would be couscous.

 


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