About Millet: It’s More Than Bird Seed!

Today I have an exciting giveaway from Bob’s Red Mill. It’s for a big box full of new grains to try. Scroll on down to enter. I collaborated with Bob’s Red Mill to bring you this post.

Update: The giveaway has ended.

Bob's New Grains to Try Giveaway

Last month I had some fun with farro. It was one of the grains in the box that Bob’s Red Mill sent me to try. I fell in love with it and put it into all kinds of recipes.

Next, I dove into the box and came up with millet. And I fell in love again! Millet may be the main ingredient in some bird seeds, but when cooked up, it’s nothing like the hard cracked stuff you’re picturing.

Instead, millet is fluffy, delicate, soft. When I cooked it into a porridge, it reminded me of corn grits. But it’s way healthier.

Millet is high in fiber and is an alkaline, making it easy to digest and helpful in balancing the body’s acidity. It’s also gluten-free so if you have this dietary restriction or if you’re trying to reduce gluten, millet is a great grain to consider.

Find out more about millet from Bob’s Red Mill here and get some history and recipes for millet from thekitchn.com here.

Do you want to learn more about millet and use it in some recipes?

Be sure to check out my recipe for millet breakfast skillet.

Millet Breakfast Skillet

Disclosure: Bob’s Red Mill provided me with a box of different grains for myself to try and the box of grains for the giveaway. I have not been compensated in any other way. All opinions are my own.

86 Responses to “About Millet: It’s More Than Bird Seed!”

  1. Anne — March 17, 2014 @ 9:38 pm (#)

    I have yet to try farro, but I think I’ll be using it this summer when the fresh local veggies are readily available for salads. I love grain-based salads with chopped veggies, especially fresh tomatoes and cucumbers.

    • Christine Pittman — March 20, 2014 @ 2:01 pm (#)

      Anne, That sounds really delicious, fresh veggies with farro.

  2. Smedette — March 17, 2014 @ 12:48 pm (#)

    Love Bob’s Red Mill. I’m lucky to live in Portland and have easy access to their products (and don’t live far from the actual Red Mill!)

    • Christine Pittman — March 20, 2014 @ 2:01 pm (#)

      So cool! Have you ever visited? I’d love to go and check it out some time. I love Bob’s Red Mill so very much.

  3. Sheryl Edwards — March 17, 2014 @ 12:45 pm (#)

    I have not tried farro. I would like to make a porridge with it.

    • Christine Pittman — March 20, 2014 @ 2:02 pm (#)

      It makes a really fabulous porridge. Especially with a drizzle of maple syrup. Yum!

  4. itzia — March 17, 2014 @ 10:23 am (#)

    no i haven’t tried it before but I’d like to make a salad with it

    • Christine Pittman — March 20, 2014 @ 2:03 pm (#)

      Itzia, It’s really tasty in a salad. Great idea!

  5. Tracy Spangler — March 16, 2014 @ 1:52 pm (#)

    I’ve never cooked with farro, but after reading your blog post where you cooked it with cheese and one of your children loved it, I think I’d like to try it in a quiche. I’ve made spinach, cheese and rice quiche before, so I think he farro wold be an excellent ingredient to use instead of the rice. I can’t wait to try! Thanks for the great giveaway, Bob’s Red Mill has some of my most favorite products, yet I didn’t know what farro was. Now I really want to try cooking with it!

    • Christine Pittman — March 20, 2014 @ 2:04 pm (#)

      Tracy, So happy to have inspired you. Farro really is a great grain to try out. And I think your quiche idea would work. I also added cooked farro to a pancake batter. That was really tasty!

  6. Katie — March 16, 2014 @ 10:07 am (#)

    I’ve never tried it but would love to make some hot cereal with apples and cinnamon.

    • Christine Pittman — March 20, 2014 @ 2:05 pm (#)

      Katie, I think that would be delicious. I like farro a lot as a porridge.

  7. Amy Tong — March 15, 2014 @ 8:28 pm (#)

    What a fantastic giveaway. I love Bob’s Red Mill products. I only tried farro once at a restaurant and it was mixed with some vegetables served as a bed for a pan seared salmon. It was lovely and I love the nutty flavor. I can’t wait to make some at home soon.

    amy [at] utry [dot] it

    • Christine Pittman — March 20, 2014 @ 2:07 pm (#)

      Amy, The restaurant dish sounds fabulous. I want to give that a try, actually.

  8. little island studios — March 12, 2014 @ 2:23 pm (#)

    No, I actually haven’t tried…yet! (just put this on my market list! ) thanks so much for recipe and giveaway opportunity.

  9. Ann Marie Mones — March 9, 2014 @ 6:59 pm (#)

    I would like to try farro with parsley, lemon, and tomato

  10. Tina W — March 9, 2014 @ 3:49 am (#)

    I have tried farro. The best time was at a vegetarian restaurant where they cooked it in a risotto-type dish. Yummy.

  11. Shaina — March 8, 2014 @ 3:46 am (#)

    Yes, I eat farro regularly. I like its bite…I like to make a cold salad dish with radicchio, beets and feta cheese

  12. Barbara Bradford — March 6, 2014 @ 7:22 pm (#)

    I have not tried Farro beans before, but when I do it will be in the form of a soup heavy on the vegetables..

  13. Melanie Williams — March 5, 2014 @ 12:18 pm (#)

    Very excited for this giveaway!!

  14. Karen D — March 5, 2014 @ 12:00 pm (#)

    I haven’t cooked with farro, but would like to try making a farro risotto

  15. deneen — March 5, 2014 @ 11:40 am (#)

    millet is one of my new fav kitchen staples. I like to cook a bit pot of it & use it throughout the week.

  16. Dawn — March 5, 2014 @ 8:38 am (#)

    No, I’ve never tried faro but it’s time I do :)

  17. Cindy A. — March 3, 2014 @ 5:29 pm (#)

    No farro for me… yet. I would love to try it with roasted vegetables.

  18. jaz — March 3, 2014 @ 12:05 pm (#)

    I’ve never tried farro before, and now that I don’t eat gluten, I probably never will. Honestly, I am more interested in cooking with teff.

  19. Kitty Iecvan — March 1, 2014 @ 11:11 pm (#)

    I’ve never tried farro before, but I’d love to make a salad with it.

  20. cat — March 1, 2014 @ 7:20 pm (#)

    I’ve never tried farro. maybe farro rissotto?

  21. Amy Williams — February 28, 2014 @ 1:30 pm (#)

    Bob’s Red Mill products are great. I have been using them for quite a few years but they are expanding even more now and the whole grain selection looks wonderful. Sign me up!

  22. Mya Murphy — February 28, 2014 @ 5:45 am (#)

    I’ve never even heard of farro..lol I’m so out of the loop. I’d try it alone just to see if I like it.

  23. Angie Butler — February 28, 2014 @ 2:08 am (#)

    id be willing to give it a shot. i am looking to replace corn and other not so healthy grains in my diet. I think i would start with a stir fry or maybe bake something with it.

  24. Denene — February 27, 2014 @ 10:50 pm (#)

    what a great giveaway!

  25. Bill Martin — February 27, 2014 @ 10:08 pm (#)

    Would love to try farrow in stuffed peppers, with veggies, and wild rice. Or as a cooked breakfast cereal, with dried cranberries, raisins, and chopped nuts.

  26. Joyce mosby — February 27, 2014 @ 8:08 pm (#)

    I would love to try farro. I would like to “stir fry It with veggies.

  27. marg frankfurth — February 27, 2014 @ 1:04 pm (#)

    I have never tried farro yet. I am going to look up some recepies right now.t

  28. Jennifer — February 27, 2014 @ 12:40 pm (#)

    I make a yummy farro salad with chickpeas, parsley, pistachios and dried cranberries. YUM!!!

  29. Cindy — February 27, 2014 @ 9:38 am (#)

    I make farro salad frequently.

  30. Ruth Little — February 27, 2014 @ 8:25 am (#)

    I just love millet muffins, and faro salad, red mill’s almond meal makes the best flounces cakes, would just love to try more of the range, what a great prize!

  31. Jennifer Alderfer — February 23, 2014 @ 4:56 pm (#)

    I have had farro in a California bowl with ahi tuna in Tampa, FL at Ciccio’s and Water. Delicious!!!!!!!

    • Christine Pittman — February 24, 2014 @ 2:17 pm (#)

      Jennifer, That sounds delicious! I think it would be great with tuna for sure.

  32. MJ Moore — February 22, 2014 @ 6:54 pm (#)

    I haven’t tried farro yet, but your recipe for farro with cream cheese and spinach is on my to-try list!

  33. Mikki — February 22, 2014 @ 12:29 pm (#)

    LOVE LOVE Love Bob’s Red Mills!!
    Thanks for the giveaway!!

  34. Tracy — February 21, 2014 @ 6:50 pm (#)

    I have tried farro. Love it. Have a Pinterest board devoted to it. Especially like this salad: http://www.lifesambrosia.com/2012/11/farro-cranberry-and-goat-cheese-salad-recipe.html The only pictured grain in this blog post I haven’t tried is teff.

  35. Ruth Stiles — February 21, 2014 @ 7:42 am (#)

    Thank you for this giveaway. If I win I will probably gift half of it to my mom as she is in love with millet! Thanks again!

  36. rachel — February 20, 2014 @ 2:40 pm (#)

    If I have, I can’t remember! I think it’d work in soup…or at least, that’s what I’d try.

  37. Richard Vasconi — February 20, 2014 @ 9:31 am (#)

    Whenever I buy flour, beans or grains, I always choose Bob’s Read Mill products for their quality and taste.

  38. Stephanie Olmsted — February 20, 2014 @ 9:27 am (#)

    I have never tried farrow and am not sure how I would use it. I would probably prepare it the why the package says and hopefully there is a recipe included.

  39. Diana Cote — February 20, 2014 @ 9:22 am (#)

    I have never cooked with it but there is a recipe giada made on the cooking channel, i would love to try it.

  40. Marianna — February 20, 2014 @ 8:45 am (#)

    I bought a bag of soup mix with a variety of legumes and grains in it, and farro was in it. It was very good. Would love to see more recipes for farro!!

  41. SandyN — February 20, 2014 @ 8:29 am (#)

    I’ve never tried farro and I don’t think I’ve ever heard of it. Not sure what I’d make, but I’d like to give it a try! :)

  42. Marlys (This and That) — February 20, 2014 @ 5:36 am (#)

    I have never tried it before.. But have seen recipes for it in salads…

  43. Kim Porter — February 20, 2014 @ 2:05 am (#)

    I’ve made a farro salad with roasted mushrooms, green beans, garlic and goat cheese…amazingly GOOD.

  44. Bridget — February 20, 2014 @ 12:08 am (#)

    Years ago I tried Farro made at a small local grocer. Inspired but the toothsome texture, I searched high and low throughout Boston and the surrounding towns. After months of looking,I gave up. Then one day, I wandered into a Syrian store only a couple blocks from my job. The nice fella who worked there came out from behind the counter to talk to us. After a few minutes of browsing through all the unfamiliar treasures, I decided to give it one last chance. “You don’t, by any chance, sell Farro. Do you?”
    ‘You mean this?’ He said, handing me a package. He was literally leaning on it while we were talking… ;-)
    Of course, since then, I see it all the time. It’s not at all hard to find.

    I don’t make it often, but when I do, I usually cook it in broth. While it’s cooking, I sautee garlic, mushrooms, peppers, onions, zucchini…whatever I have in. Then I toss it with the cooked farro with a little olive oil and some lemon juice, and some fresh herbs.
    Squash or sweet potato and dried cranberries also go nice with farro – seasoned with Ras al hanout (another gem from the same store, but pie spice would also work…)

  45. Cynthia — February 19, 2014 @ 11:34 pm (#)

    I would like to try a sweet potato and farro potato cake. Have never tried it before.

  46. Cynthia — February 19, 2014 @ 11:31 pm (#)

    Great giveaway! I really like the Bob Mill’s products I have used but millet I have never tried and hot cereals are my favorite.

  47. Amy @ The Nifty Foodie — February 19, 2014 @ 9:27 pm (#)

    I’ve never tried it before, but I’d love to make some sort of entree with it. :-)

    • Stefanie — February 19, 2014 @ 10:55 pm (#)

      Thanks for the give away. I have tried some of Bob’s Red Mill products & I love them.

  48. Terri C — February 19, 2014 @ 8:27 pm (#)

    I’ve never tried it but would love to try it in a pot of soup. This would be so neat as a group of ladies meet every week for a Bible Study about loosing weight. We are buying and try a new healthy food each week. How fun would this be for us to try!

  49. Nicole k. — February 19, 2014 @ 6:45 pm (#)

    I’ve never had millet before but the Lemon saffron millet pilaf sounds delicious!

  50. Amanda - RunToTheFinish — February 19, 2014 @ 5:06 pm (#)

    I have tried it and loved it! I like mixing things up because it makes me more excited to cook for the hubs!

  51. Karen — February 19, 2014 @ 12:44 pm (#)

    I’ve never had farro before but my coworker had a recipe for a farro salad that I’d love to try! I don’t remember the ingredients right now, but it sounded really delicious!

  52. Heather — February 19, 2014 @ 11:39 am (#)

    I love farro but rarely eat it due to the higher cost. When we splurge, it’s for a favorite farro salad with orange, red onion, pine nuts and olives.

  53. Katie — February 19, 2014 @ 11:03 am (#)

    I tried farro for the first time at the Barney’s event last month. It was great and reminded me very much like barley!

  54. Brittany Koelmel — February 19, 2014 @ 9:46 am (#)

    Ive never tried or used farro in anything but maybe a soup would be good? sounds awesome!

  55. Denise Fedor — February 19, 2014 @ 9:30 am (#)

    I have never tried Farro, as I have to eat Gluten Free, but I would use it in soup for the husband!

  56. Jeffrey — February 19, 2014 @ 8:00 am (#)

    I’ve never cooked with Farro but after browsing through recipes online the Italian Farro, Ricotta & Orange Cake on Bob’s page sounds pretty good! I wouldn’t say I had a ton of Bob’s products but the ones I’ve had did not disappoint!

  57. Meghan VanCleave — February 18, 2014 @ 8:06 pm (#)

    I have never tried farro and I have no idea what I would begin to make with it. I need to do some research. I love trying out new grains and healthy recipes.

  58. Linda S. — February 18, 2014 @ 2:10 pm (#)

    I’ve used farro for a couple of years; I love it. I was pleased to see that Bob’s Red Mill had added it to their line. I add roasted vegetables to it–sweet potato, eggplant, onions, carrots. Next I want to try it in a kind of farro risotto.

  59. Kristel at Stirring Things Up — February 18, 2014 @ 12:33 pm (#)

    I’ve used farro in soups and grain salads, and also in place of rice in risotto.

  60. Skye — February 18, 2014 @ 10:37 am (#)

    I used farro recently in a soup. I really liked the texture that it added to the soup. So far the only time I have used millet was in a muffin recipe. I am excited to try some side dishes with it.

  61. Rebecca — February 18, 2014 @ 6:11 am (#)

    I haven’t tried it yet, but would love to toss it into a salad with a light vinaigrette – something nice and summery once the weather warms up!

  62. Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers — February 17, 2014 @ 11:20 pm (#)

    I have to admit I have never had farro. I bought it once, then my dog broke into the bag and ate it. He likes raw grains for some reason.

  63. Andrea C — February 17, 2014 @ 10:53 pm (#)

    Love farro salad with asparagus and feta!

  64. Katie J — February 17, 2014 @ 10:47 pm (#)

    Haven’t tried it yet!

  65. Christopher Sorel — February 17, 2014 @ 9:58 pm (#)

    yes love farro

  66. James Kennedy — February 17, 2014 @ 8:28 pm (#)

    I’ve never tried it. I’d like to try it in a soup.

  67. Barb — February 17, 2014 @ 8:23 pm (#)

    I have never tryed farro but would think in a salad or soup would be interesting

  68. Casey — February 17, 2014 @ 7:25 pm (#)

    Love making farrotto or grain salads

  69. Kelly Patz — February 17, 2014 @ 7:23 pm (#)

    I’ve never tried Farro, maybe a yummy side dish?

  70. Sandy Headtke — February 17, 2014 @ 7:21 pm (#)

    Never tried farro. Im thinking that it would be something with butternut squash and cranberries

  71. MaryB — February 17, 2014 @ 2:10 pm (#)

    I’ve tried farro (in soup) but I have not yet tried millet. LOVE Bob’s Red Mill items. Thanks for the chance to win.

  72. Karen Lynch — February 17, 2014 @ 1:06 pm (#)

    I have never tried Millet, there are a couple of others that I have not tried as well. This basket has a great selection for trying new grains.

  73. sa collins — March 12, 2014 @ 3:41 pm (#)

    I would love to try farro. My family is diabetic and i am always looking for alternatives to rice.


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