Friday, October 28, 2011

VeganMOFO-18- Warm Millet Salad with Spiced Soy Cashews & Spiced Mandarin & Mint Millet

Continuing on from yesterday's Sweet Chili Lime Tofu from Vegan Yum Yum pg. 76 this is how I used the left over millet.


Warm Millet Salad with Spiced Cashews

The millet was made using the quinoa recipe. It's full of flavour- cooked in water with lime zest, cardamon, cinnamon and then uses a sweet soy, lime, chili, mint sauce after cooking. Like I said yesterday I reduced the sweetness of the sauce but aside from that its perfect. I combined it with some mixed lettuce and sprouts and topped it with some homemade spiced nuts. After the disappointment of these nuts I decided to make my own. I made a chili soy version the other day.

Spiced Soy Cashews
1/2 tsp turmeric
1 tsp cumin
1/3 tsp chili powder
3 tbsp soy sauce
1 cup cashews

  • Toast spices in dry frying pan
  • Add cashews
  • When colouring begins add soy and reduce
  • Cool in pan and store in an air tight container in the fridge (or eat warm on your dinner!)
If you'd prefer a reduced salt version swap the soy for an oil like rice bran that won't impart too much flavour. I like spicy food, my tummy however doesn't- but I've found having some of these chopped makes a little spice go a long way :)

Round two of millet leftovers:

Spiced Mandarin and Mint Millet
Zest of 1 mandarin or 1/2 orange
1 clove (ground)
Seeds of 2 cardamon pods (ground)
1tsp ground cumin
1 tsp cinnamon
2 tbsp soy sauce
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
Handful fresh mint
Yesterdays millet cooked in water with lime zest, cardamon, cinnamon with some sweet soy, lime, chili, mint sauce.
1.5 cups water

  • Cook millet as per the recipe or reheat leftovers
  • Add spices, zest, soy and water
  • Add vegetable of choice (I went for zucchini)
  • Stir though fresh mint and serve
  • Enjoy :)
I really really like this. I felt like something bouncing with flavour and the citrus in this really topped it off. I can't take credit because it was just adding to someone else's recipe but I shall definitely be experimenting with this flavour profile. Its just lovely.

Bootcamp was painful today.
We did the usual warm up- I tried to run but I just couldn't. The pain is really getting annoying now. I didn't do the beep test, I'll do it another time, I couldn't justify hurting myself more- I already got an earful from the chiro yesterday for going to bootcamp and making it worse. So we did a circuit with the huge tires and relays with powerbags (20kg,10kg,5kg sand bags with handles) and body weight exercises. I can't remember it all, I was trying so hard to push through the pain I seem to have limited my cognitive function. Oh well- thank goodness it's over! I can rest and heal and get stuck into my new gym routine at whatever time suits me not pre-dawn.
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