Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Lemon Millet Risotto

Do you ever feel like you are in a rut, cooking wise?  I've been feeling that way for a while, especially dinner-wise.  I feel like we're eating the same thing over and over, especially when it comes to the side dishes.  We seem to rotate between potatoes and rice, and I've desperately needed to break that cycle.  Sometimes I forget how many grains I have at my disposal, that are actually in my kitchen.  So, trying to think outside of my potato and rice box, I came up with this millet risotto.  For years. I was too intimidated to make rizotto, thinking it would be too complicated.  Can I just tell you it's really simple, you just have to make sure to watch it, that's all.

This dish is the perfect springtime side dish, the lemon makes it light, and yet it's still creamy and comforting.  You can definitely add in asparagus and/or peas, or anything else you like, for a more complete dish.

Lemon Millet Risotto
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/4 cup finely chopped onion
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 cup millet
1 cup water
4 cups chicken broth (I use Imagine brand low sodium)
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon lemon zest
2 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped
salt and pepper to taste

In a large saucepan, heat oil over medium-high heat.  Add in onion and cook for about 3-4 minutes, then add in the garlic and cook another minute.  Add in millet and toast it for 1-2 minutes, then add in the 1 cup of water.  Bring to a boil. Keep heat at medium to medium high throughout the cooking process.

Meanwhile, in a separate saucepan, heat the chicken broth.  When the millet has absorbed most, but not all of the water, add in 1/2 cup of the chicken broth.  Stir until the liquid is mostly absorbed, then add another 1/2 cup of broth.  Continue doing this until there is no more broth, it will take at least 25 minutes.

Once most of the broth is absorbed add in the lemon juice and lemon zest, and heat through.  Check seasonings and add salt and pepper to taste.  Finish the dish by topping with parsley.

This post was shared on Slightly Indulgent Tuesday, Gluten Free WednesdayAllergy Free Wednesday, Whole Food FridaysGluten Free Fridays, and Allergy Friendly Fridays.


  1. This sounds delightful and perfect for spring! Thanks for sharing it at Gluten-Free Wednesdays.

  2. This sounds perfect for spring! YUM!! Thanks for linking up at our Gluten Free Fridays party! I have tweeted and pinned your entry to our Gluten Free Fridays board on Pinterest! :)

    The party will be GREAT this week! We are giving away a tote full of goodies from Namaste Foods! The items are gluten free and allergy friendly! Can't wait to see what you bring to the party!

    Cindy from vegetarianmamma.com