So many of us are used to super-sweet breakfasts like pancakes, muffins, pastries, or sugar-cereal. This savory Mushroom Millet Porridge is a comforting change-of-pace.
This porridge uses millet instead of oats to provide a hearty texture and slightly lower glycemic index. Millet is rich in dietary fibre. Most of the fibres in millet are “prebiotic” in nature, meaning they help to feed the good bacteria living in our guts. Supporting our gut microbiome can help improve mood, reduce stress, keep bowel movements regular, and even reduce the risk of colon cancer!
This meal also has a full serving of vegetables in each bowl. The majority of North American’s are greatly under-consuming vegetables, so slipping in a serving with the first meal of the day may help you reach the minimum recommended 7-8 servings a day.
Mushrooms, specifically, can be quite therapeutic in nature. Using a medicinal mushroom variety such as reishi can provide additional health benefits. Reishi is adaptogenic, which means it can help our body manage stress. (1) Is there a better way to start the day than by priming your body and mind to gracefully manage what comes?
Spring onions (also called green onions or scallions) are part of the allium family, which also includes garlic, leeks, and chives. Onions are rich in B-vitamins, such as B6 and folate. These vitamins are important to keep our minds sharp, boost energy, manage stress and keep our metabolism running well. (2)
So, if you’re looking for a more savory way to start your day… look no further. With all the various benefits these ingredients bring to the table (pun intended), this porridge is a fabulous way to “break your fast”!
Mushroom Millet Porridge
- ½ cup Fresh Mushrooms sliced
- 1 cup Millet soaked overnight
- 2 Spring Onions Sliced
- Salt to taste
- In a small bowl, pour boiling water onto the mushroom slices. Let sit for 5 minutes. Drain and set aside.
- In a medium sized pot, add 2.5 cups water and the millet. Bring to boil on high heat.
- Reduce the heat and simmer for approximately 20 minutes until the millet is fully cooked. Add more water if needed.
- Fluff the millet with a fork. Then add salt and mushrooms. Cook together for 5 more minutes on low heat.
- Portion into bowls. Add chopped spring onion to garnish. Enjoy!