Given November is all about boosting immunity and nutrition while enjoying the flavors of the season, we thought it was fitting to begin sharing a few of our favorite nutrient-dense side dishes for your Thanksgiving meal. Our Cauliflower Millet Mash is not only delicious but provides a boost of magnesium with the addition of sprouted millet – perfect for helping to calm holiday stress.
Benefits of Millet:
- Gluten Free
- Rich in Magnesium – beneficial for muscle and nerve function.
- Easily digested
- Drought resistant gluten-free grain – easy to grow in poor soil conditions. (Good for the environment)
Note: If sprouting millet is desired, see “How to Sprout Millet” from Cultures for Health.
Benefits of Orange Cauliflower:
- Contains higher amounts of vitamin A than the normal white variety.
- Rich in folate, calcium, potassium, and selenium, vitamin C and fiber.
This beautiful head of orange cauliflower came from Deardorff Family Farms:
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- 1 cup millet
- 5 cups water or (low-sodium) vegetable broth
- 3 cups orange cauliflower florets
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- Cracked pepper to taste
- 2 Tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
- 1/2 yellow onion
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 tablespoon freshly chopped herbs (I used rosemary & thyme)
- 1 tablespoon nutritional yeast flakes
- Optional: butter, roasted garlic, wasabi, horseradish and/or sour cream to taste
- Soak millet overnight with a splash of rice vinegar. (If sprouting your millet, see notes in post)
- Wash and drain millet. Place in a large saucepan with water (or vegetable broth, cauliflower, and a pinch or sea salt).
- Bring to a boil and reduce heat to a simmer. Cover with tight-fitting lid for 35 minutes. Give a good stir half-way through cooking time. Mixture will appear thick and creamy when finished.
- Heat a skillet over medium-high heat with one tablespoon olive oil. Add chopped onion and a pinch of sea salt. Sauté 3-4 minutes. Add minced garlic and fresh chopped herbs, give a good stir and continue cooking 1-2 minutes. Remove from heat.
- Using a food processor, add cooked millet and cauliflower, sautéed onion & garlic, 1/2 teaspoon high-quality sea salt, fresh cracked pepper, and nutritional yeast flakes. Purée the mixture until smooth. Note: I like mine a little on the rustic side - no pressure to make your mash too creamy.
- Serve warm with chopped scallion. For those that love butter, try Soy-Free Earth Balance Spread as an option.
- vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free
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