Tonight was one of those nights where Sam and I wanted to cook something using up ingredients in the fridge. If I happened to have these exact ingredients on hand, I would make this again. I would categorize this as a “fridge cleanout” and a “30 minute meal” type of meal.
Initially, I wanted to cook with couscous, but I didn’t have enough for two+ servings. Fortunately, I recently discovered millet and had some on hand. I still have the Curried Millet with Chick Peas and Raisins on my mind. Thus, Curried Millet with Stir-Fried Veggies and Beef was born. Fun cooking tip (that I probably learned from Rachael Ray): almost any dish can benefit from a shredded carrot. The carrot rarely adds much flavor, but it does add a vegetable and nutrients to the dish. Apparently, this is a great way to add vegetables to a dish when kids don’t want to eat them (I say apparently because I don’t have kids, and I have yet to try to feed carrots to the cats).
In other news, we started brewing beer yesterday. We currently have 5 gallons of Irish Red Ale fermenting in our apartment. More about this later, and results of the brewing in 4-6 weeks!
Curried Millet with Stir-Fried Veggies and Beef
- 1/2 cup millet (uncooked)
- 1 1/2 cups water
- Several handfuls of spinach (probably close to 200 grams)
- 2 cloves garlic
- 1/2 onion
- 1 carrot
- 3/4 cup grape tomatoes
- 1 tablespoon curry powder
- 1 teaspoon chicken bouillon
- Butter or oil, enough to saute veggies
- 2-3 servings protein (we used leftover pot roast)
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Bring 1 1/2 cups water to a boil, then stir in curry powder, chicken bouillon, and millet. Turn down to a simmer, cover, and simmer for 25 minutes
- Dice onion, crush or slice garlic, and shred the carrot
- Saute onion, garlic, and carrot in butter or oil until onion starts to get soft (it’ll start to look a little clear)
- Add protein (we diced up leftover pot roast) and spinach
- Cover, and let the spinach steam. It will wilt/cook down a lot, so don’t worry if 200 grams seems like WAY too much spinach
- When millet is done, add salt and pepper to taste. Then, mix the millet, sauteed ingredients, and tomatoes together