millet mania!

okay, so i’ve had the same big baggie of millet in the cupboard for a long time. and i mean a long time. i don’t know why it never occurred to me until yesterday that it might have gone bad. i don’t know the rules when it comes to how long grains keep. i cooked some of the old millet the night before last night, and it tasted perfectly fine. nevertheless i decided to pick up a fresh, new bag at the co-op yesterday. when i got home, i transferred it to a baggie and then compared it to the old millet. notice the drastic change in hue! the contrast is even greater in person. the old millet is so dull and gray compared to the new millet, which is a vibrant yellow.

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(if for some reason it’s bad to store grains in baggies, somebody please tell me!)

i was super excited to cook up some of the new millet for dinner. and let me just say, it tasted like a completely different grain than the millet i had the other night! i thought sunday night’s millet tasted great, but this was SCRUMDIDDLYUMPTIOUS. ladies and gentlemen, the obsession has begun. i am going to go through this new bag of millet at lightning speed. it’s the best grain i’ve ever tried! it took 25 minutes to cook. it has a mild, grainy fragrance and a very subtle flavor. i’ve heard that if you toast it before cooking, it takes on a nutty flavor. i might try that sometime…but honestly, i love it just how it is. the texture is what has me hooked. it’s moist, chewy, as well as dense and fluffy at the same time (if that’s possible!) i’m having trouble putting the splendor of millet into words. i still can’t believe the vast difference between the old millet and the fresh millet. i feel like i’ve discovered a brand new grain! the secret grain of the gods!

now that you’ve read my gleeful review of millet, i will show you last night’s dinner consisting of the heavenly grain. i made a stir-fry with onion, mushrooms, red bell pepper, and zucchini. other ingredients i used were olive oil, soy sauce, ground ginger root, and black pepper. a great combination, according to my taste buds. after scooping some hot millet into a bowl, i drizzled it with teriyaki sauce and then topped it with the delicious veggies (which came out tasting particularly exceptional.)

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also at the co-op yesterday afternoon, i bought maple flavor! it immediately caught my eye when i was looking through the spice section. right then and there i knew for a fact that i would be making maple oatmeal today! i seem to always be thinking up ideas for a bowl of oats. i hope that isn’t pathetic. i like to think of myself as reasonably enthusiastic over oatmeal. scratch that. i’m mildly obsessed with oatmeal. oh, forget it. that’s an understatement and we all know it. but at least i can take comfort in the fact that i’m not alone in my undying love for oats! feast your eyes upon…

PLUM-TOPPED MAPRICOT OATMEAL

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1/2 cup oats, 1/2 cup plain unsweetened soy milk, 1/2 cup water, dried apricots, 1/2 teaspoon maple flavor, cinnamon, stevia, 1 chopped plum

the maple flavor made this oatmeal smell like one of those sugary instant oatmeal packets. it was a great smell! haha. this oatmeal didn’t taste like junky oatmeal, though. it was really, really, good. since i used flavor instead of syrup, this bowl of oats tasted maple-y without being sickly sweet. i will definitely be using this maple flavor a lot. some vanilla extract would probably go wonderfully with it!

i’m off to the gym to go work up a sweat now. i woke up this morning with a sore throat and an awful drip. i’m hoping that some cardio followed by a steam room session will make me feel better. with any luck it will help clear up some of this disgusting congestion. cold-like symptoms in summer?! ugh. oh yeah, happy 1st of the month! (summer is going by so quickly!)

by the way, i’m not the only one with a taste for millet…

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i better not show my brother the picture of the bird, or tell him how much i love millet. he already has a joke with himself about how i eat birdseed. (don’t ask. i don’t know how he came up with that.) although i guess his joke has some truth to it now, doesn’t it? 😉

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7 Responses to “millet mania!”

  1. Shelby Says:

    Love Millet! I had mine for the longest time before using it and I think it was fine. Yum, now I need to buy more! haha

  2. modietetics Says:

    Millet sounds really good! I haven’t had any in a while, but maybe I should soon. 🙂

  3. Jenny Says:

    hm i’ve never heard of maple flavoring.. did you buy it in the grocery store?? very interesting!

  4. Mitri Says:

    Woohoo! Maple flavoring 😀 That’s what I’m talkin’ bout.

  5. broccolihut Says:

    I’ve only had millet in puffed form as a cereal–I guess I’ll have to give the cooked version a try!

  6. Ashley Says:

    I don’t think I’ve ever tried millet. Is it different to buckwheat? Or quinoa? I love all grains so I think I’d probably like. Love it, in fact, given your enthusiastic review of it!!

    Your breakfast combination sounds fabulous! Maple syrup is sooo good. Or anything that tastes like it.

    Hope this cold goes away… there’s nothing more ridiculous than getting one in the Summer. What’s that about?!

  7. veganfritz Says:

    some forms of millet is a more vibrant yellow. don’t worry. P:

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