Millet Pilaf and My New Secret Ingredient

Last week, I made an impromptu quinoa pilaf that came out amazing– of course, I failed to snap any pics because I didn’t think it would come out as wonderful as it did. So, this week, I decided to recreate the dish, but this time with millet instead. There is one secret ingredient I used to make it taste extra amazing, so follow me down the recipe road if you want to find out what it is!

Here’s what I did:

First, I sautéed in a bit of olive oil one small onion, half of a shallot and four cloves of garlic, all of which were chopped finely. I also added in one diced red pepper. I let them saute for about four minutes.


As the veggies cooked down, I measured out a cup of millet.


It was then time to whip out my secret ingredient. . . these vegan Rapunzel brand bouillon cubes!


Check out the ingredients. . . what you have is a bunch of herbs, sea salt and a little coconut oil.


It’s basically the ideal way to flavor up any pilaf!


Into my pot went the millet, 3 cups of water, and the bouillon cube.  I let it come to a boil, and once it did, I brought it down to low heat and let it simmer away, covered for about twenty minutes.


The next time I opened the lid, I was greeted by a fluffy, flavorful millet pilaf!


Guys– it came out so flavorful!  I am not one to eat grains without some sort of saucy curry or chili on top, but this pilaf can stand alone!  In fact, I ended up eating it as is with a slab of baked tofu– no need for any additional flavor!

Not only was it amazingly tasty, this recipe made plenty!  I was able to eat all week, pairing it up with different veggies and proteins, including chickpeas and tempeh.


Those bouillon cubes are heaven-sent.  I can imagine throwing them in so many dishes for instant flavor!

So if you all are looking for a simple and tasty pilaf recipe, give this a try.  I can attest to the fact it works just as well if you sub the millet for quinoa, and I bet it would also be incredible with rice too.

Do you have a “secret ingredient” that makes various dishes you cook flavorful?

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