Healthy Vegetarian and Vegan Millet Recipes

We love cooking with millet, and after trying a few of these vegetarian and vegan millet recipes, you will top. Perhaps you've seen millet next to the other more familiar whole grains in the bulk section of your local co-op or natural grocer and been tempted by the super-low price. If you're wondering what to do with millet, then you've come to the right place. 

Is millet the new quinoa? At about a quarter of the price, it sure does make a great substitute! While millet contains less protein than quinoa, it's more affordable, just as versatile, and is vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free. If you haven't already tried a few millet recipes, browse through this collection of millet ideas and start cooking!

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    Millet Patties

    Millet Patties
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    This recipe is a basic vegetarian millet patty, so you may want to spice them up a bit. Topping them off with salsa? Add Mexican spices such as chili powder and cumin. Using them for veggie burgers? Add some "meatier" spices such as paprika or a barbecue rub. We like them drizzled with tahini for a Middle Eastern-inspired dish. Aren't they tempting looking?

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    Easy Millet Pilaf With Pesto and Kale

    Pesto and kale millet
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    Pesto goes with just about everything, and millet is no exception. To add even more flavor, try adding shallots and a splash of white wine, or top it all off with some fresh grated Parmesan cheese or nutritional yeast if you're eating vegan.

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    Baked Millet Casserole

    Baked millet casserole
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    We weren't quite sure what to expect when my friend's kids asked to try this baked millet gratin casserole. We told them it was similar to our quinoa macaroni and cheese, which they've tried and really liked, and hoped for the best. The verdict? They said it was "really good". It's a bit of a "kitchen sink" recipe, with everything from vegetables, mushrooms, eggs, cheese, and milk tossed into the mix. 

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    Gluten-Free Millet Tabbouleh

    Millet Tabbouleh
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    Like other whole grains, millet makes a great tabbouleh in place of the traditional bulgur wheat, and, of course, millet is gluten-free, making this healthy tabbouleh completely wheat-free. This recipe comes from a gluten-free cooking expert. It's spiced with lemon pepper and paprika and is piled high with the usual tabbouleh ingredients, including Italian parsley and Roma tomatoes.

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    Pan-Fried Millet Patties With Pesto

    Pan-Fried Millet Patties
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    Mushrooms, celery, and breadcrumbs round out these tasty macrobiotic millet patties. They're made with cooked millet, so keep this recipe handy for when you have any leftover cooked millet you need to use up.