Sarah Lemkus Garden Millet Salad with Garlic Roast Potatoes

As part of our nationwide September Plant Based Challenge, we were incredibly lucky enough to get plant-based eco warrior and all around incredible mother Sarah Lemkus to give us a recipe to share with you all! The result? This incredibly easy spring recipe she whipped up at the last minute for us!

Want to get involved in Little Bird Organics Plant Based Challenge yourself? Post your own creation to Facebook or Instagram with #LittleBirdGoodness and #PlantBasedChallengeNZ anytime from now until 30th September for the chance to win several prizes generously donated by Air New Zealand, Pullman Auckland, The French Café, Meredith’s, Ceres Organics, Nadia Lim and Jordan Rondel. Find out more here

Funnily enough, millet is most often associated as the main ingredient in bird seed - which I find hilarious as I've passed on this recipe for Little 'Bird' Organics to share! So it's good for the birds, but also for us! 

Millet is a seed with a good source of minerals such as copper, phosphorus, manganese and magnesium. It can be made in both sweet and savoury dishes and is an excellent replacement for rice. Dan and I used to love big couscous salads back in the day, and now we are gluten-free we can enjoy the same kind of salad but with millet instead + it's much better for you! 

Make sure to buy organic millet as this guarantees it hasn't been sprayed with any toxic chemicals. 

The hardest part about making this dish is waiting for the potatoes to cook! Happy cooking! 

GARDEN MILLET SALAD WITH GARLIC ROASTED SMASHED POTATOES

Garlic Roasted Smashed Potato
1-1.5kg organic agria potatoes (make sure they are organic potatoes! Organic potatoes are the bomb!)
5 to 6 cloves of fresh garlic
1 tablespoon coconut oil
Pinch of pink salt
Grind of black pepper
Pinch of paprika

Garden Millet Salad 
1 cup millet
1-2 teaspoons organic sodium reduced vegetable bullion or stock powder
2 cups filtered water
2 cups mushrooms, diced
1-2 red onions, chopped
1-2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
2 handfuls fresh baby tomatoes, diced (I'd love to say the tomatoes are from my garden but it's not quite the season here yet!)
2 or 3 avocados, diced
1/2 to 3/4 cup walnuts
Fresh garden greens - I picked some lettuce and New Zealand spinach from my garden (you can use whatever is in your garden or find the freshest greens at your local organic store or market)
Homemade hummus

Method
1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees on bake. 
2. Scrub the dirt off your potatoes and place them in a flat oven dish. Pop in the whole garlic cloves and scoop of coconut oil. The oil helps to infuse the garlic into the potatoes - it's so delicious! I don't often consume coconut oil but for this dish, you can't skip this step!
3. The potatoes should take some time, but in the meantime, you can prep all the ingredients for the millet salad. I also made hummus from scratch and took a walk to my garden to collect some greens while I was waiting for the potatoes.
4. On a medium heat, cook the chopped red onion in a few tablespoons of balsamic vinegar for five minutes. 
5. Then add the chopped mushrooms and cook through. Take off heat and set aside.
6. Cook the millet: put 1 cup of millet in a pan with 2 cups of water plus the veggie stock powder. Bring the millet to the boil and reduce the heat with a lid on to low for no more than 15 minutes. You don't want your millet to be dry, so better to undercook it and let it set aside than overcook it. 
7. Check on the potatoes and turn each potato over in the baking dish. With a potato masher, squish each potato and sprinkle with salt, pepper and paprika. Return to the oven for 10 more minutes. 
8. Mix the millet salad ingredients together in a big bowl: onion mushroom mix, diced tomatoes, avocados, walnuts and fresh garden greens. 
9. Serve garlic roasted potatoes and millet salad in a bowl with homemade hummus, a slice of lemon and some edible flowers!
10. Enjoy!

Should serve roughly 3 to 4 people. 

If you make this dish and feel like sharing it on Instagram use my hashtag #eatwellwithsarah and tag @sarahlemkus 

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