Two New Ingredients
I recently bought two things that are new to me that I’m excited to try and learn more about.
The first is millet.
Millet is a gluten-free grain that is commonly used in bird seed. It’s high in manganese, tryptophan, and magnesium and has cardiovascular benefits. World’s Healthiest Foods has a great millet info sheet about all of the nutritional benefits of millet. It’s one of the oldest grains in the world and is still common in some Asian and African diets. Eden Foods has some more information about the history of millet and how it’s used today.
I’m planning to try to use millet for a breakfast dish, probably something like The Gracious Pantry’s Clean Eating Peaches and Millet. She suggests it as an alternative to oatmeal. That recipe looks amazing, doesn’t it? What are your favorite millet recipes? If you haven’t tried it yet, pick up some millet from Amazon and try it along with me.
The other new ingredient is coconut oil.
The first thing I noticed when opening the coconut oil I bought is that it smells incredible! I want to just eat it with a spoon. It smells like a tropical dessert. Knowing it can be used as a skin cream, I slapped some on a dry patch of skin on my hand. While it was greasy at first, it soaked in quickly and made my dry patch super smooth.
The New York Times has an article about the increasing popularity of this oil. The author of the article has the perfect description of coconut oil: “…virgin coconut oil has a haunting, nutty, vanilla flavor. It’s even milder and richer tasting than butter, sweeter and lighter textured than lard, and without any of the bitterness you sometimes get in olive oil.” Yum! In addition, many claim health benefits from coconut oil, most commonly the possible antibiotic, antimicrobial, antioxidant, and antifungal properties. Scientists are uncertain about this and agree it needs more research but coconut oil definitely does have potential beyond simply a cooking oil!
For ways to use it, I think this Coconut Oil Popcorn looks great. Coconut oil and spices on popcorn? Yes, please! Here’s a recipe for Vegan Kettle Corn that includes sugar to make sweet popcorn and some Sweet Potato Chips would be great at lunchtime. I really have my eye on these Pumpkin Streusel Muffins, though. I’m a sucker for anything with streusel! For something different, try making a Ginger Coconut Oil Sugar Body Scrub which sounds like it would smell good enough to eat.
Interested in coconut oil? Order some from Amazon and give it a try!