Meet Millet

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While it has long been popular in many corners of the globe, millet is just now making a name for itself in the United States. The gluten-free ancient grain comes in several varieties and while it may be loved most for its nutty flavor and slightly crunchy texture, it can also be praised for being quite nutrient-dense. For these and other reasons, millet is finally (and rightfully) making its way onto restaurant menus and into household pantries. Here are some ways to join in on the fun:

Toasted Millet Tabbouleh with Butternut, Hazelnuts, and Pomegranate, Wooden Spoon Baking (pictured)

This colorful, seasonal and flavorful recipe would make a beautiful side dish on your Thanksgiving table. The toasted millet, chopped nuts and pomegranate seeds create a wonderfully textured and tasty salad that is sure to please a crowd.

Spiced Pumpkin and Millet Porridge, My Darling Lemon Thyme

Another cold weather treat that you’ll want to make this winter is this sweet, creamy and hearty breakfast porridge. The warming spices and rich texture are just the thing to draw you out from under the covers on a snowy morning.

Vegan Fall Power Bowl, Spinach for Breakfast

Who doesn’t love the ease and simplicity of a one-bowl meal? This nutrient-packed version features cubed butternut squash, Brussels sprouts, nuts and seeds – and is flavored with wheat-free tamari, to keep it gluten-free.

Millet and Banana Biscuits, HungryShots

If you’ve never tried baking with millet flour, this simple recipe is a good place to start. It features only three ingredients, and a recommendation for holiday-themed cookie cutters to make them a lovely, seasonal treat.

Chickpea, Artichoke and Millet Paella, Happy Hearted Kitchen

A wonderful twist on traditional paella, this one has a delightful texture and bold flavor combination. It is easily adaptable to suit what you have on hand, making it a versatile and delicious modern meal.

Massaged Kale, Avocado and Millet Salad, Tales of a Kitchen

Of course, one of the easiest ways to use millet is to simply throw it into a salad. This one, packed with superfoods like avocado and kale, would be delicious as a light dinner or lunch on the go.

For an even easier way to enjoy millet, try this recipe for Spanish Stuffed Peppers created by Wendy at Fit and Frugal for AncientHarvest.com. It makes great use of our Spanish Style Culinary Ancient Grains, which features millet as well as quinoa and amaranth.

For even more delicious, gluten-free recipes, be sure to visit our recipes page.