Healthy Vegetarian and Vegan Millet Recipes

I 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 pr...MOREotein 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!

See also: What is millet?

  • 01 of 08

    Millet risotto with broccoli

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    This vegetarian millet risotto recipe calls for garlic powder since that's the way I made it, but you could also heat up some fresh garlic and onions in olive oil for extra flavor if you'd prefer. I can't wait to try this recipe again, but this time with spinach or Swiss chard in place of the kale. Millet is a naturally gluten-free grain, but if you need this recipe to be gluten-free, just use water in place of store-bought vegetable broth, or, make your own homemade gluten-free...MORE vegetable broth.

  • 02 of 08
    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. I like them drizzled with tahini for a Middle Eastern-inspired dish. Aren't they tempting looking?

  • 03 of 08

    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.

  • 04 of 08
    Baked millet casserole
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    I wasn't quite sure what to expect when my friend's kids asked to try this baked millet gratin casserole. I told them it was similar to my 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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  • 05 of 08
    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.

  • 06 of 08

    Coconut cinnamon breakfast millet

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    Millet makes an excellent hot breakfast cereal! If you've ever had a sweet breakfast couscous or breakfast quinoa, you'll have an idea of what millet is like. When cooked long enough, millet turns soft and creamy, so it has a nice porridge consistency. Try this allergen-safe coconut cinnamon millet recipe for breakfast, or, try millet in place of corn for a side of grits.

  • 07 of 08
    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.

  • 08 of 08

    Even more millet recipes

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    Yes, there's even more vegetarian and vegan millet recipes to try! Here's a few: