"To eat is a necessity, but to eat intelligently is an art."
So there's a great macrobiotic and organic restaurant in West Hollywood called M Cafe that's one of my favorite places to have yummy meals. I don't like it as much as Real Food Daily but it takes second place on my "healthy places to eat in L.A." list. One of my favorite side dishes at M Cafe is their "scarlet quinoa" but I thought I could perfect it at home using the healthier alternative to quinoa -- which is millet -- and some of my favorite ingredients like garlic. Low and behold, I made it and it turned out great! My Scarlet Millet is one of the best dishes that I've created since starting my adventurous healthy cooking life : )
*Funny side story: I had no interest in cooking when I was younger and every time my mom would try to teach me I would tell her that I didn't need to learn because I was going to marry a chef that would always cook for me. BAH! THAT didn't happen and now every time I experiment and create a new dish I share it with my mom asap. I want to reassure her that her kid learned how to cook and isn't starving out here in L.A. (she's in MA). LOL!
Anyway, I've been posting photos and talking about this dish for a while so I'm happy to finally share my recipe with you. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.
Susie's Sacrlet Millet
1 cup of millet
4-5 medium beets (the more the merrier in this case)
1/2 cup of freshly chopped parsley and/or fresh dill
3-4 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil (first cold pressed)
1-2 tablespoons white balsamic vinegar
1 clove of garlic freshly pressed
Himalayan or Celtic Sea Salt
freshly ground pepper
Hass avocado (optional)
1. Wash each beet well and chop off the greens on top and the little extra root part on the bottom. Then quarter each beet. Put them in a pot and fill with water until they're all covered. Cook at medium to high heat until beets are somewhat soft (not mushy), about 30 min. When soft, remove from heat, put them in a large bowl and chop the beets into smaller pieces that will be easier to eat.
2. Take 1 3/4 cups of the beet water (which is now red from the beets) and bring to a boil. Add 1 cup of millet. Stir, cover and reduce heat to low. Cook for 20-25 min until millet soaks up all the water. Note: the millet will seem a little mushy at first but as it cools, the millet will loosen up and be more like rice.
3. Chop up the parsley and/or dill and mix it with the beets and millet in the bowl. Add the fresh garlic, salt and pepper, olive oil, and white balsamic vinegar to taste. Put a little in at a time and taste it. If you feel like you need more of anything feel free to add more as you go.
Try to get all the ingredients organically if you can as it contains less pesticides and growth hormones (gross!). I usually make a nice salad of mixed greens and veggies with this to eat first as I do with all my meals because it helps the body digest the food that comes after it.
This is such a tasty dish and you can feel good about the fact that both the avocado and cold pressed olive oil are both good fats that are not damaging to your body like others. Both of these are raw fats which are easier for the body to digest. Millet is also the only grain that is alkaline as opposed to acidic to the body. It's the only grain I make at home. The beauty of Millet is that I use it in place of pasta and all rice. It's the healthiest option over brown rice, buckwheat noodles, whole wheat pasta, etc.
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Lots of Love,