Sunday, January 2, 2011

Lemony Millet Pilaf

We were supposed to have Spanish-style quinoa with supper tonight, however, when I went to grab the quinoa I discovered that there were only a few tablespoons of it left and our last red pepper was fit for the compost. I came up with this millet side dish instead and not only was it easy peasy, but it turned out really well. It's quite lemony, but not overly so and the flavour of the vegetables really comes through. Over the past year, we have been trying to incorporate a wider variety of whole grains into our diets, but have struggled to find a good side dish recipe for millet. Well, we have one now! This dish is suitable for all members of the family over age 1, but you could make it work for younger babies by squeezing lemon juice over the dish after removing a baby-sized portion and omitting the salt.

Lemony Millet Pilaf 

 - 2 tsp olive oil (or use some of the oil from the sun-dried tomatoes for more flavour)
- 1 small onion, finely chopped
- 2 stalks celery, finely chopped
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 3/4 cup millet
- 1 1/2 cups low-sodium chicken or vegetable broth
- juice of 1/2 lemon
- 1/4 cup sun-dried tomatoes, well drained and finely chopped 
- 1/2 tsp sea salt
- freshly ground black pepper, to taste
- 1/4 cup chopped fresh italian (flat-leaf) parsley

In a medium saucepan heat the olive oil over medium heat and add the onion, celery, and garlic, salt and pepper. Cook until vegetables softened and fragrant, about 8 minutes. Add the millet; stir well to coat the grains in oil and cook about 1 minute more. Add broth, lemon juice, and sun-dried tomatoes. Bring to a simmer, cover, and reduce heat to low. Let cook for 20-25 minutes until all the liquid is absorbed, adding a little extra water or broth if it looks as though it is getting too dry. Remove from the heat and let sit 10 minutes until grains are tender. Fluff with a fork and serve. 

Makes 4 side-dish servings

1 comment:

  1. Love millet & this is such a fun way to prepare it!
    It is vegetarian week at Get Grillin' we would love if you submitted up to any 3 recipes (they don't have to be grilled) to our link up. This one would be perfect! This week we have a ManPans giveaway.


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