Screw quinoa – go for millet!
Stuffed bell pepper with millet and grass-fed beef with Moroccan spices
I always thought millet was for birds. In Japan we have millet dumplings (but they are mixed with sweet rice flour) and they appeared in a famous children’s folklore “Momotaro.” His mother (or granny?) made these millet dumplings for him so that he can recruit animals to join his adventure to fight against Oni monsters. But really? do you give your life away for a couple of millet balls?? They cannot taste that good!
Actually, I have never ate them before, until yesterday.
Well, I have been using millet flour for baking bread and making pancakes, but never tried the grain itself. It was time!!! and I thought I could replace quinoa with millet when I make my favourite dish: stuffed bell peppers!!!
The first thing I saw when I was googling for “how to cook millet”, many started to write: “SOAK IT OVERNIGHT”. I HATE when they do this. Last time I wanted to make veggie burger with chickpeas, they said, soak overnight.
SORRY I HAVE NO TIME FOR THIS.
It is totally fine to cook it without soaking it, I just washed it and started cooking 1 cup of millet with 2 cups of millet. IT WORKED PERFECTLY!
I cooked it for 20 minutes with some salt and it was done.
Until now I have often made quinoa tabbouleh, so I will definitely have to try millet tabbouleh! I’m sure it will be tastier than quinoa!
Talking of quinoa… I was fascinated by the grain at first because people were talking about them as one of the most protein rich foods we can eat etc. But it is not really true. Only 8g of protein in a cup of cooked quinoa while you overload yourself with carbs (40g). If you eat a cup of chicken breast, you get 43g of protein, 0g carb and 5g fat!
I think someone has done a serious marketing and created added value, that is all. I read somewhere that quinoa used to cost below 0.50 USD/kg in 80s. Now it is over 3 USD/kg. If you like it, why not eat it. But I think there are many other grains which are equally nutritious! They are all very similar in macro nutrients anyways..
Cooked millet (1 cup):
- Protein: 6.1g
- Carbs 41.2g
- Fat 1.7g
- Calories 207kcals
Cooked quinoa (1 cup):
- Protein: 8g
- Carbs 39g
- Fat 3.6g
- Calories 223kcals
Cooked medium-grain brown rice (1 cup):
- Protein: 4.5g
- Carbs 45.8g
- Fat 1.6g
- Calories 218kcals
Out of all the grains I eat at the moment, I like the texture of cooked millet the most! Click here for my recipe for stuffed bell peppers with millet & grass-fed beef with Moroccan spices.