Millet is appropriately pronounced “mi-YAY!” in French. “YAY!” will likely be your reaction after eating this colorful and flavorful dish that is, in sum, spring on a plate. Millet may be the title food here, but it actually serves as supporting actor to special guest stars: fresh, seasonal produce (adaptable year-round using anything you find at the market). Say it with me now (in your best French accent, please): YAY for millet!
Magnifique Millet With Spring Vegetables [Vegan]
- ½ Cup dry millet
- 6 small red radishes
- 8 asparagus spears (white or green)
- 2 carrots
- 2 fresh spring (green) garlic cloves
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil
- ½ cup chopped fresh green onions
- 2 handfuls of fresh spinach
- ½ cup shelled peas
- 1 handful of arugula and/or mustard greens
- 1 handful of fresh herbs of choice
- Juice of 1 lemon
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
- 1 to 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast (optional)
- Salt and pepper to taste
- For best nutrition, add the millet and a pinch of salt to a bowl of water, cover, and soak overnight or during the day. Rinse and drain before cooking. If you don’t remember to soak . . . OMG YOU MIGHT DIE! Just kidding, pas de problème, just rinse the millet and follow the rest of the directions.
- Add the millet to a small pot over medium heat and lightly toast for 1 to 2 minutes. Then add 1 cup (250 ml) water if you soaked the millet, or 1½ cups (375 ml) water if not. Bring to a boil then reduce the heat to low, cover, and simmer for around 15 minutes if presoaked, or 20 minutes if not, until the millet has absorbed the water (but isn’t too mushy!). Let it sit in the covered pot off of the stove for around 5 more minutes until it’s fluffable (a word I invented to describe what happens when one places a fork into perfectly cooked millet).
- Rinse and cut off the tops of the radishes. Halve or chop into pieces depending on their size.
- Snap the asparagus spears at their natural breaking point, then cut the tender parts into small pieces. Peel or wash the carrots, then grate. If you’re using fresh garlic, chop into small pieces or slice thinly. If you’re using regular garlic, peel and grate.
- In a small pot over medium heat, heat the coconut oil and add the green onions. Sauté for around 1 to 2 minutes, until the onions become translucent. Add the radishes, asparagus, carrots, spinach, and peas (and any other seasonal spring veggies you wish), and sauté for just around 1 minute, so they are tender but still quite crisp. Turn off the heat.
- Add the millet and mix together so the millet becomes warmed, but not hot or mushy. Top with the arugula and fresh herbs and, just before serving, add the lemon juice, olive oil, vinegar, and nutritional yeast. Add salt and pepper to taste.
Recipe from Très Green, Très Clean, Très Chic: Eat (and Live!) the New French Way with Plant-Based, Gluten-Free Recipes for Every Season, copyright © Rebecca Leffler, 2015. Reprinted by permission of the publisher, The Experiment. Available wherever books are sold. theexperimentpublishing.com. Images by Sandra Mahut.