If you’re going through a particularly stressful time in your life and need all the help you can get to boost your immune system, this is the recipe for you. Students, professionals, researchers — if you spend a lot of time looking at a computer screen or do a lot of reading, you need to make sure your brain is getting the nutrients it needs! Millet is a seed, though it looks more like a grain you might easily confuse with couscous. When cooked, it soaks up liquid to become wonderfully plump -- a perfect texture for a comforting bowl of porridge. Millet has many health benefits: it is rich in vitamin B and C, selenium, zinc, iron, potassium, manganese and dietary fibre, all of which you need to be full of energy and to have a healthy digestive system. It is a highly alkaline food, so it's very healthy for you! Oh and did I mention it's gluten-free? The dried figs provide a hefty dose of calcium, and finally, the cinnamon and ginger boost your metabolism. What's not to love?
Millet, Dried Figs, Cinnamon, and Orange Porridge [Vegan]
- 100g millet
- 200ml water
- 200ml almond milk
- a dozen dried figs, roughly chopped
- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp ground (or fresh) ginger
- zest of an orange (optional: add the juice, too)
- date syrup, for topping
- Bring the water and milk to the boil, then add the millet and simmer for 12-15 minutes, until cooked and plump.
- If you find it is too thick, add a splash of milk.
- Take off the heat, stir in the spices and zest, toss in the dried figs, and top with a drizzle of date syrup.