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Millet with Butternut Squash & Kale

Just like I promised I'm back with a new recipe this week featuring millet!

millet with butternut squash and kale

If you're new to my "Great Grain's" series you can check out my first post Great Grains: Millet where I've introduced millet as the first grain of the series and given a detailed description of the grain including nutritional benefits, general cooking, uses etc. Otherwise, if you know your grains and seeds well, then I've got a delicious side dish for you.

But first I have to share some exciting news. I have been featured on Spry Living! They are the companion website for Spry magazine, a newspaper-distributed health and wellness publication reaching 9 million households monthly. Their website is a great resource recipes, nutrition, fitness, weight loss, and healthy living. I was contacted about being featured earlier last month, so I've been keeping it under wraps somewhat until now. Something that's hard to do when you're brimming with excitement.

Spry living is currently running a new series of recipes this month for healthy casseroles and my recipe for Baked Ziti and Marinara Sauce is currently being featured as part a part of it. The series is called Health in 30: Healthy Casseroles. Every day for the month of February they post a new casserole dish that is health minded but just as warm, delicious and comforting.

There's that Ziti!

healthy casserole baked ziti

Now getting back to today's recipe...

I've used a little trick for this one. Instead of directly adding herbs (fresh or dried) to the recipe, this time I decided to use a Bouquet Garni, which is French for a little bundle of herbs tied together with string and mainly used in, but not limited to soup, stock, and stews.  Have you ever heard of it or used one before? The bouquet of herbs are cooked with the dish but removed before consuming. Of course there is also the dried version where you take your dried herbs, wrap them up in a piece of cheesecloth and tie it together with a piece of string so they don't spill out. For easiness you can leave one end of the string longer to tie to the handle of the soup pot. When your done you wont have to go fishing for it.

For the millet I used nice little bouquet of fresh thyme.

Making a bouquet garni

Fresh, easy, and full of flavour. Just the way I like it.

gluten free millet salad with butternut squash

Millet with Butternut Squash & Kale {Gluten Free, Vegetarian, Vegan}

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(serves 4)

Ingredients:

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 cloves of garlic, passed through a garlic press
  • 3 shallots, peeled and roughly chopped
  • 1 cup millet, rinsed and drained
  • 2 cups no-salt added chicken or vegetable broth
  • 2 cups butternut squash, peeled and diced
  • 3 sprigs of fresh thyme, tied together with string or kitchen twine (also know as a Bouquet Garni)
  • 2 cups chopped baby kale, washed and stems removed
  • sea salt & freshly ground black pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. Heat the oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat.
  2. Add the garlic and onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until the onion is softened, about 5 minutes.
  3. Add the millet and toast for 2 minutes, stirring frequently.
  4. Add broth, diced squash, and thyme sprigs and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to a simmer, cover and cook for 20 minutes until the liquid is absorbed and the squash tender.
  5. Gently stir in the chopped kale to wilt, which will only take 1-2 minutes.
  6. Remove from heat and season with a pinch of salt and pepper if desired.
  7. Serve warm.

**Notes** 

  • You may also store any leftovers covered in the refrigerator and reheat for lunches and weeknights. This dish can also be served cold. 
  • If gluten intolerant, Pacific Foods broths are all certified gluten free.

Happy Valentine's Day!

If you haven't already, make sure you eat something chocolatey! 

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Reader Comments (3)

What a fantastic recipe. I made it with a Lemon Oregano Tilapia Fish recipe and it was wonderful.
February 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBarb
Butternut squash has always been a favourite of mine. Paired with millet and kale sounds perfect.
February 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAngie@Angiesrecipes
@ Barb - Thanks! That sounds delish.

@Angie - It's one of my favourites too.
February 16, 2013 | Registered CommenterJennifer

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