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How to make a macrobiotic meal in less than 10 minutes.

I had a long day of teaching yoga yesterday morning. Then I went out to a garden centre to get soil, because I am going to start my first garden this year! But while I was in Spring mode, and looking at gardening supplies, the weather suddenly changed and it became really chilly and grey and windy.

hrmph. Thanks, Spring.

By the time I came home, it was after 2pm, and I was freezing cold and really hungry.

How to make a macrobiotic meal in less than 10 minutes.

I knew that I wanted something dense, stew-like, and warm. And I knew that I was too cold and grumpy hungry to cook for long :)

I opened the fridge, and saw a random assortment of veggies, and then I discovered the golden ticket: leftover millet! Millet is delicious, and not only is it actually golden, but it has many consistencies, depending on how you cook it. The day before, it was simply pan-toasted and then pressure-cooked. We ate it for lunch, topped with a squash sauce.

For my quick lunch I threw the leftover millet in a pan with some water, and brought it to boil while chopping up a few carrots, and some parsley. I also found some organic corn kernels in the freezer. I threw all the veggies in, and once it was boiling, I brought the temperature down, and simmered with a lid on for about 6 minutes. Then I stirred in a tiny bit of tamari, and let cook for another 4 minutes.

10 minutes later, after topping with a bit of black sesame, I was eating a lovely bowl of...millet & vegetable stew? Or perhaps it was more like Millet & Vegetable Porridge? Either way, it was pure bliss. And warmed me right up!

How to make a macrobiotic meal in less than 10 minutes.

Yum!!! The best thing you can do to save yourself time is to cook grains with leftovers in mind...always make more than you need, so you have cooked grain ready to use for quick meals.

My two favourite & SPEEDY ways to create meals using leftover grains are:

Boil with more water to make a thick porridge or stew--->can be savoury or sweet (great for breakfast). You can add anything you like (veggies, beans, fresh or dried fruit for breakfast, miso or tamari for flavour,herbs, etc). You can add as much liquid as you like, making it into a soup like if you prefer.

Pan fry with some  veggies (green onions and mushrooms are a divine combo) in a tiny bit of toasted sesame oil  & tamari

Of course, you can simply steam leftover grain and eat them plain too. Something I also often do.

I have made countless varieties of grain & veggies porridges as quick meals: rice + leftover bean + parsley. Quinoa + celery + carrot. Millet + Squash + miso. etc. etc. All yummy!

So I guess since this post is on a Thursday, this week's Thursday Things is about valuing time! Save yourself time by creating quick meals using leftovers!

What's your favourite way to use leftover grains?