Have you tried any new whole grains lately?  Why not give millet a try?  Millet is a gluten-free ancient grain, typically grown for bird seed in the United States.  With 6 grams of protein per cup and a versatile flavor, this grain is not just for the birds!  Millet looks like little round seeds and is easy to cook with.  This tabbouleh recipe, adapted from Vegetarian Times, is a perfect cool salad for a hot summer day.  Double the recipe and eat if for lunch a few days in a row when it’s just too hot to eat anything else.  You can even put it on top of some fresh lettuce for more cool crunch.

Millet Tabbouleh

Millet Tabbouleh


  • 2 Tbsp. plus 1 tsp. olive oil, divided
  • 1/2 cup millet, rinsed and drained, plus 2 Tbsp kept dry and separate
  • 1 large tomato, diced
  • 1 medium cucumber, peeled, seeded and diced
  • 1 bunch green onions (or 1 large Mexican green onion), chopped
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1/2 lime, juiced
  • 1-2 Tbsp. Sriracha hot sauce (adjust based on personal preference)
  • salt & pepper to taste


  1. Heat 1 tsp. olive oil in medium saucepan over medium heat. Add millet and toast for 3 to 4 minutes, until dry and fragrant.
  2. Add 4 cups water, cover, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and let simmer over medium-low for 15 minutes. Drain, rinse under cold water, and drain again.
  3. Transfer millet to a large bowl and add tomato, cucumber, green onion, cilantro, lime juice and Sriracha. Stir in remaining 2 Tbsp. olive oil and 2 Tbsp. dry uncooked millet. Season with salt & pepper.


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Alysa Bajenaru, RD is the official dietitian of Mamavation. You can find her bloggingtweeting, or chasing after one of her kids.
Leah Segedie is the Founder of Mamavation and Bookieboo, a blogger network. After losing over 100 lbs, she started a career mentoring women in health and since then has assisted in over 3,500 lbs lost via the Mamavation community. Leah and her work has been mentioned in Ladies Home Journal, Reader's Digest, Fitness, Women's Day, CNN, ABC, CBS, the O'Reilly Factor, AOL, Entrepreneur, and Yahoo to name a few. She works from home in her fuzzy slippers.

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