butternut squash stew with millet


This recipe is a little time consuming and pot-heavy, but worth the effort (and the dishpan hands).

The recipe worked well with millet, but you can use just about any grain you have on hand.  Rice, quinoa, even couscous (technically a pasta).

Also, I misread the recipe (whoops) and put too much water in with the stew.  An easy fix with this recipe:  I portioned out some of the stew’s cooking liquid and used it to cook the millet.

butternut squash stew with millet

Butternut Squash Stew with Millet

For the stew:

2 tbsp olive oil
1 purple onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp coriander
1/2 tsp cumin
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp turmeric
1/2 tsp ginger
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
1 cup water
14 oz can diced tomatoes, drained
2 tbsp lemon juice
3 c butternut squash, peeled and cubed
2 c carrot, sliced

  • saute onions in oil until soft.  Add garlic and stir 1 minute.
  • add all spices, water, tomatoes and lemon juice and bring to a boil
  • Add squash and carrots, reduce heat and cover.
  • Simmer 20 minutes or until veggies are tender.

For the millet:

2 tbsp oil
1/2 purple onion, finely chopped
1/4 c carrot, finely chopped
3 stalks celery, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp turmeric
1 c millet
2 c water
1/2 c fresh cilantro, finely chopped
2 tsp fresh mint, finely chopped

  • Stirring often, saute onion, carrot and celery in oil until they start to brown.
  • Add garlic, salt and turmeric and saute 1 minute.
  • Add millet and stir 1 minute.  Add water, bring to a boil, reduce heat and cover.
  • Simmer 20 minutes or until millet is tender.
  • Stir in 1/2 cilantro and 1/2 mint
  • Serve as a bed for stew, garnishing with remaining herbs.

About Angela

My name is Angela. I am a 28 year old psych and criminology graduate, but I'd rather not diagnose you. I am a cuddle-slut. I can recite the entire script of The Princess Bride, (including accents) and believe that the meaning of life is contained within. Polyanna, Snap.com commercials, and Oprah 'reunion shows' make me cry. I can whistle and hum at the same time, but I cannot touch my toes. I am an expert in both listening and talking. I look good in orange. I am a writer. I kick ass in Gin, Hearts, and Cribbage but I don't understand Canasta or Bridge. I can be heard singing Broadway numbers from my shower, and have dressed up as a viking princess, (complete with aluminum foil breast plate) The Phantom of the Opera, and a Ghostbuster for Hallowe'en. I have a bird named Bean. I have a brother named Adam. They are not related. I like vanilla body lotion, peanut butter, saunas, Jim Carrey, broccoli, pets, TheOnion.com, Muppets, Kevin Smith, Corelle dishes, dry erase white-boards, Barenaked Ladies, Philosophy, the letter J, Harry Potter, picture frames, swimming, quilting, Michael Moore, genealogy, Raggedy Anne, tacky 50's tchotchke, 'Idiot's Complete Guide To' books, tweezers, feather pillows, polar dips, aquariums, Martin Luther King Jr., and Dr. Pepper. I don't like meat, gossips, cooked carrots, American Idol, mosquitoes, sweating, politics, public washrooms, tardiness, tuition, hunting, pat answers, pick up lines, brown bananas, cliches, pine scented air freshener, Kevin Costner, bacon, candied apples, pro-wrestling, humidity, and hypocrisy. Books I've read recently The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy, The Dark Tower, When Nietzsche Wept, What's So Amazing About Grace?, Catcher in the Rye, Not Wanted On the Voyage, The Red Tent, The Little Prince, The Way the Crow Flies, Slaughterhouse-Five, The Poisonwood Bible, The Fall, The Knot of Vipers, Calculating God, The Chrysalids, Sick Puppy, Nineteen Eighty-Four, Franny and Zooey, The Brothers Karamazov, and jPod. I am slightly neurotic. No I'm not. Yes I am.

2 responses »

    • It was quite tasty. Then again, I wouldn’t have put it up if I didn’t think it was good enough to share.

      There are enough bad recipes out there without me adding to the mix.


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