Millet and Black Bean Gratin

I can’t imagine being a chef and getting an oil burn or anything worse than a little “whoopsie.”

Made with 1/4 c. each: chia seeds, mixed nuts, sunflower seeds, 2 T: sesame seeds, garlic salt

I gave myself a baby burn while I was removing my crackers from the toaster oven (…and being stupid and twisting my arm around with the pan to put it on the far side of the cutting board, so yes, it was my fault.) and it’s still screaming at me. Matter of fact, it’s right on the area of my arm that also rests right on the edge of the keyboard as I type. Smooth moove.

The worst part of this story is that it didn’t even leave enough of a mark to make anybody believe it hurts. Le sigh.

What’s the worst you’ve hurt yourself in the kitchen?

Anyways. The main reason I had to contort myself into strange shapes with the pan was because I was taking up so much room with veggies to broil for a Veg Gratin. I saw a lovely-looking one on Nicole’s blog this morning, and I had to have one. First I thought of making hers, except with bulgur instead of brown rice, and broccoli too. But then I started surfing, and found this one on Epicurious.

I can’t really say this is like either one, but since I never would have arrived at this point had it not been for that initial influence, we wouldn’t be having this discussion now, would we?

Millet and Black Bean Gratin

Serves one really hungry person, or two as a “mostly dinner.” Because that makes a lot of sense.

  • 1/8 c. millet
  • 1/2 c. black beans
  • ~1/2 c. sugar snap peas
  • ~1/4 c. diced carrots
  • ~3/4 c. broccoli
  • 1/2 T. milled flax mixed with 1 1/2 T. water
  • 1 T. nutritional yeast
  • 1 t. dijon mustard
  • 1 small tomato, sliced thin
  • 1/8 t. garlic salt
  • salt and pepper, to taste

Begin by preparing your millet. To be honest, I’m not really sure how millet is supposed to be prepared (I thought it was 3:1 water to grain) because I followed the directions I found and kept having to add more water. But! I did toast it first, just so we’re on the same page.

While that’s simmering, prepare your veggies by seasoning with salt and pepper and roasting them for 15-20 minutes in a 400* oven. (for more crunch, don’t pre-cook your veggies.)

In a medium-sized bowl, mash up the majority of the black beans, some left for texture.

Add in the nutritional yeast, dijon, broccoli and carrots, and mix. You’ll want to make sure the veggies are relatively finely chopped. Once it’s combined, add in your cooked millet and then the flax egg. This helps to bind it a bit.

Spread the mixture out into a casserole pan, and top with the sugar snap peas and tomato slices. Bake, covered, for 30 minutes in a 400* oven.

Note: This was made in a toaster oven.

Observations: While I would have loved being able to do this with garbanzos or, even better – butter beans – I’m still in a bean crisis. Alas, the black beans in this weren’t so bad afterall! As I was making it, I thought I’d missed the mark just based on what I like. But I love the creaminess the beans and millet combined gives it.Β I was waffling about what to do for seasonings, but in the end, as you can see – kept it simple. Garlic salt was really enough! I find veggies, beans, nutritional yeast, and dijon don’t really need any crazy kind of “pumping up.”

Dinner: Naturally, I enjoyed mine over a bed of greens with some Ragu and feta.

Additionally, I think I’d probably like this with tomatoes and garlic and basil only (in the beans layer, beans being a white bean of some sort) but I have Β broccoli and sugar snap pea overload. It’s okay, though – I do love them!

And last but not least – this was my first time trying millet! I know, I know – I realized at the co-op yesterday that I have so many grains I’ve yet to try. I was just going to restock on quinoa, but then amaranth, millet, and wheatberries had me change my mind. Didn’t get amaranth, but it’s in the line-up.

What’s your favorite grain?

But, back to something that didn’t require too much debate – breakfast!

I opted for gingerbread waffles today. To my typical waffle recipe, I added:

  • 1/2 T (?) molasses
  • 1/4 t. cinnamon
  • 1/8 t. nutmeg
  • 1/8 t. ground ginger
  • 1 t (?) light brown sugar

and to add to the ginger lovin’ I topped them with about 3/4s of a large banana sliced and nuked with chopped dried figs, slow roasted pecans, crystallized ginger, ginger-peach preserves, and a sprinkle of light brown sugar. Next time I would definitely add more ginger! And maybe a touch more molasses, too. I am always weary of over seasoning something. I mean – you can always add more, but once there’s too much, you’re done for!

These were a little bit “gooier” than the usual ones I make. Not a bad thing – I liked the moistness the molasses added – but just a forewarning if anyone has had trouble with these sticking in the past.

This proved to be the best fuel for dealing with the little monster today! He was quite full of himself. It was actually a lot of fun, heh. It’s also a little bit comical, because I think had a non-horse person watched us, they would have felt bad for me – but in the end, I felt very accomplished. Actually, I take that back – someone who couldn’t read a horse’s body language probably would have thought we looked good! There was a lot of “new stuff” to deal with. First, we rode while A was. Now, we’ve ridden with another pony in the ring before, and while A was finishing up – but never while she was cantering around, jumping, etc. So being in the same ring as another horse who moved faster than a slow jog was something he took surprisingly well. Didn’t care much at all until Jewel came in – the pony he (should be) used to, and doesn’t usually care about.

However, I think she may have been in heat, and Mr. Teddie here thinks he’s…ahem…more of a man than he really is. I honestly wouldn’t be surprised if he was gelded very late and has little baby Teddies roaming around. So, with her – he was fixated. I was actually about to cool him out – long reins and all – when he decided he would bee-line across the ring to get to her. Luckily I put the kibosh on that, and took advantage of his renewed energy to make. him. work. And would you believe it, that little stinker was bending, flexing, using his behind, and moving out like the best of them! I had a lot of fun πŸ˜€ We got a quick canter in, although as I was saying to A – “we don’t canter, we take strides of consecutive buck and then sort of canter.” haha. But it will come. He’s already caught on that I don’t want a really fast trot when I ask, I want a canter – he gave me (some bucks and) a canter within a couple seconds!

My other thought was that maybe he was nervous that “his” mare was in the ring with him and another gelding – who A was on. Anyways.

All of that hard work was rewarded with some of the best sludge I’ve made yet.

Yes, this was probably the grossest colored green monster I’ve made thus far – but definitely the tastiest! I took the cue from Amanda and added coconut water instead of almond milk today. I, too, have been feeling insanely thirsty lately. I always drink a lot – but yesterday I swear I was thirsty every five minutes. I didn’t have a problem today, so I’m wondering if it was maybe just from not drinking much over the weekend.

But it was all about the blueberry-coconut relationship today! In the blender went (approximately):

I topped the pond sludge with:

  • more fresh blueberries
  • quick oats
  • marcona almonds
  • shredded sweetened coconut
  • chopped date
  • all-natural chunky peanut butter
  • drizzle of (local) blackberry honey creme

Oh. my. heavens. Why won’t coconut water just come out my faucet, already? So good. I enjoyed the rest with my smoothie – I think the whole bottle would have left it far too runny. I was happy to drink some plain, though πŸ™‚

Wondering about the bennies of coconut water? I touched up just the basics here πŸ™‚

Have you ever had coconut water? What did you think of it?

P.S. Alisa wrote a great article here about the findings linking calcium to potential heart problems. Well – that’s not as true as implied initially! Definitely give it a read πŸ™‚

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31 responses to “Millet and Black Bean Gratin

  1. Oh my. All your food looks stunning!
    I had coconut water a while back and choked it down – it was horrible! But I have another carton, cos my tastes have changed so much I think I’d like it now πŸ™‚
    Favourite grain = durum wheat, hands down! LOVE that stuff! As for amaranth..I had it and thought it was FOUL. So foul I left half of it, which is unheard of in my world. If you get it and it’s good, do post exactly what you do!!
    Haha, sounds like Teddie was fun today!! I bet when he’s excited by the laydeees he’d give schmancy warmbloods a run for their money πŸ˜›

  2. i have alot of “battle scars” on my hands from epic warfares in the kitchen (i.e., tackling the oven). my most recent burn was actually about a month ago, when a drop of polenta spattered out from the pot while i was stirring and landed on my middle finger. holy schmucks did that hURT!!! i never saw a fluid-filled blister so big…

    i’ve never tried millet before–definitely something i MUST try in the near future! i keep seeing them everywhere!

  3. Mmm.. gingerbread anything is yummy! I love eating those typical cold weather foods and flavors in the summer. But it makes me miss the fall/winter!

    The gratin looks great too. Very creative πŸ˜‰

  4. Love this, I have been on a serious millet kick lately, I cook it 1:3 ratio boil then simmer covered…usually comes out great…I just made a millet cornbread today! I also just got a mini baking/casserole pan to make casseroles like you just did yummmmmmmmm. On vacation at the buffet they had broiled tomatoes, which where out of this world, I’m thinking of doing a millet/quinoa or bulgur casserole with broiled tomatoes on top. My head is spinning with ideas aha

  5. I’ve had coconut water before. I wouldn’t consider it my favorite beverage, and drinking it straight up doesn’t happen in large quantities, but I find that it’s great for adding volume to smoothies without sacrificing flavor.

    My favorite grain is probably amaranth – I love the creamniness while it still maintains a tiny bit of crunch and it makes for an excellent breakfast.

    A really good way to make up millet is to cook it with equal parts orange juice and water and then add a bit of orange zest and sliced almonds to it, it makes a wonderful side dish. πŸ™‚

  6. I haven’t been seriously cooking for very long (a little over a year, maybe?) but in that time I’ve managed to collect a hefty amount of battle scars… I’ve cut my fingers more times than I care to count, and I’ve suffered a few burns here and there as well… but the worst injury was probably when I knocked a knife off the counter and it ended up stabbing me in the foot. After that one, I was tempted to start wearing steel cut boots in the kitchen.

    Favorite grain? Oooo not a fair question! There are just too many good ones. Oats are probably the most obvious choice, but honestly… I don’t think there’s a grain I don’t like. I’ve only had millet once (!!) and I don’t know why I don’t repeat the encounter, because I remember it being delicious. There are just too many grains, and not enough days to eat them all in πŸ˜‰

    And I’m glad the coconut water thing isn’t just in my head. I’ve been drinking it a lot more lately, and I’ve been less thirsty and more energetic as a result, so I’m glad to hear that it’s working for you too πŸ™‚

  7. Sorry to hear about your accident in the kitchen – a great remedy for burns is ice cold aloe vera gel – works wonders!!!!! I definately have had my share of kitchen burns – too many to count actually!!!!! I guess it comes with the territory!!!
    Your eats look wonderful – ive never had millet but the recipe looks tasty!!!!
    I also have never ried coconut water but hear it has amazing health benefits and plus tastes great!!!! Ill have to try it in my next smoothie!!
    Hope all is well – xo aimee

  8. Love that you made the gratin in a toaster oven! It’s one of my favorite kitchen gadgets! I’ve slowly gotten my friend Mon- the noncooker- to invest and start using one because it’s just so easy!

  9. oh, how I’ve been missing your blog lady! ouch to the burn…I have had quite a fair share as well and one on my wrist that left a nasty mark…not a fan!

    Sounds and looks like you’ve still been eating wonderfully. I’d kill for a waffle these days…maybe this weekend! The figs on top of yours look heavenly!

    I love millet and have some I need to incorporate into some upcoming meals. I also really like wheatberries, brown rice, oats, etc.

    Glad to see you are loving coconut water…I just bought some for long days in the sun on set! I really need those natural electrolytes!

    hope everything is going well with ya!

  10. I will type recipe up tomorrow just for you!

  11. You food looks gourmet every single day- it never ceases to amaze me! and sorry about your burn..I do the same all the time!! Come Thanksgiving I’ll have 4 or 5 baby burns on my hand from checking/taking out the food and getting too close to the burner. haha maybe it’s time to invest in full oven mits. πŸ˜›

  12. Ok, Teddie crasks me up…dude was ready to get his groove on! You totally blocked him! The waffle…I have to make that! Those flavors are right up my alley! Favorite grain is totally oatmeal. You can do anything with it! I have never had coconut water. Don’t know why, just haven’t bought it. I hope you have a great night!

  13. aww a baby burn! i hope it feels better soon. i burned my wrist pretty bad taking cookies out of the oven. i’m SUCH a hot mess in the kitchen. and i don’t mean good looking. i mean an actual clumsy mess. ahhh.

    i’ve never had millet. i think my favorite grain (besides oats) is barley..and i love the big fat couscous. i think it’s called israeli couscous? i love those little balls of wonder!!

    never had coconut water!

  14. teenagehealthfreak

    mmm coconut water!! i made my own once!((cracked a coconut)) yum. so glad you got to do some fun stuff with Teddy!! i remember this pony i would ride would always give a buck right before he cantered…i used to hate it..and couldn’t understand why!?!?! but he was just excited!

  15. so excited to see this post! ive had cauliflower gratin which was so good and had cashews ground up in it too. black bean and millet as the base of a gratin sounds really tasty! wow this looks like so much fun to make too. YUM YUMS

  16. I just bought millet this weekend and am excited to try it! My favourite grain is oats, not surprisingly.

  17. So glad you got inspired by the gratin, all thanks to 101cookbooks. I really want to try that millet, and make a list of all the grains I have yet to try and need to try (IE: all of them.) It’s so fun experimenting with different ingredients, the possibilities are endless!!

    That sluudddgee looks incredible! Way to make me want to throw everything I own into a blender + consume at rapid speeds. Beautiful!

    Have a happy day πŸ˜€

  18. I hate burning my fingers (which I do often) although the marks are little, the pain can be intense! Last fall I sliced off a chunk of my thumb using an old mandolin slicer. Ow! Thankfully it healed, but I’m still afraid to go near one of those contraptions! I think your gratin looks delicious…and I love millet, so I’m sure this would make me smile with delight. And although I’ve been hearing so much about coconut water, I’ve yet to try it myself. Sweet dreams love!

  19. Oooh, the coconut water faucet. Let me know if you find a place where they carry those. πŸ™‚

    I burn myself on the oven all the time – except when I only use it for dehydrating and it’s cool enough to touch, bliss! – I actually have a scar about the size of a medium coin on one arm from removing a tray of fresh rolls from the oven when I was a teenager – oh, and non-oven related I once spilled an entirely freshly made cup of tea on my thigh just before bedtime and had to strap a bag of frozen peas to my leg in order to sleep, haha!

  20. Juliette

    I burnt my hands a lot of times, especially lately. I have a scar on my forearm, and two on my hand (and those are only of the last two weeks!). Three weeks ago I cut my finger with the mixer, that was a bad one.
    I tried millet for the first time two days ago, it was only a spoonful, but it was delicious!!
    I never tried coconut water, it seems that in Italy we are a bit out of the world ^^
    Xo
    Juliette

  21. My favourite grain is oatmeal, but that is of course insanely biased because I haven’t tried any others (save for rice but I’m not a huge fan)… I bought a bag of bulgur though! Now I just need to find some sort of recipe πŸ˜›

    Congrats with Teddie! I seem to have the opposite problem as you with Rayne being a mare and all… the boys there are all over her! Thankfully I haven’t had to ride with them yet, but I am sure I will have to do it one of these days. I always used to love training ponies because when they did the whole ‘buck, buck, canter’ thing, it was always so easy to stay on. I admit it’s still a pain, but it’s almost comical to work with as opposed to scary πŸ˜€

    ❀ Tat

  22. Mmmm…I’m a huge fan of coconut water as well. It’s so refreshing, especially in the summer. πŸ˜€

    I think my favorite grain would have to be the standard old oat. But quinoa is high up on the list too. πŸ˜€

  23. Ouch, sorry about the burn! 😦 Even if they barely leave a mark, those things can be super painful! I’m always somehow burning the tips of my fingers on frying pans.

    My favourite grain is oats. There are still so many grains (like millet) that I haven’t tried yet though.

    I tried coconut water once and it was good, but I don’t feel like it hydrated me any better than water. Plus it’s pretty pricey!

  24. I thought about using coconut water in my smoothie today, too! I need to try that soon.

  25. I like wheat kernels (aka wheat berries). I often use them in making whole grain breads. I’ve used millet too in bread making and it imparted a really nice, earthy flavour.

  26. Michelle

    I LOVE coconut water. I get myself to do intense, sweaty workouts by promising myself some coconut water afterwards.

  27. Oh my, I have gotten so many baby burns from cooking!!! I can be a total klutz in the kitchen.

    Believe it or not, I actually tried coconut water and didn’t like it! But I’m admittedly not the biggest coconut fan. I thought it was a tad too sweet.

  28. Gingerbread waffles, sounds like your getting ready for fall, sounds good.

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  30. You seriously need to open your own breakfast/smoothie/sludge shop. You would be so successful. Imagine if you sold oats, muffins, and everything else you made. It would have to be in NY so I could come visit you though. Or you could just come cook for me! πŸ™‚

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