I am often asked by mums who have been weaning their babies with the Holle Organic Millet Baby Porridge what they they could feed their children as they get older.
Firstly, I would say that I have countless mums who continue to buy baby porridges even when their baby is actually well beyond the toddler age and has started primay school. That familiar smell, texture and yummy taste all go to make for a comforting breakfast several times a week, as well as being quick for a busy mum or dad to prepare.
For those that want to move beyond just baby porridges, and who want something different that the whole family could eat, I usually advise introducing organic millet grains.
Millet – Not Just For Parrots!
Roger tells me that millet as a grain has bad press here in England, that it is usually thought of as ‘bird food’. In my native Germany and elsewhere on the continent though, millet is often eaten as an accompaniment or actually in meals. At home, we probably eat it once a week and enjoy its nutty flavour in a variety of meals.
Millet is actually one of the oldest cultivated cereal grains in the world and is very rich in unsaturated fatty acids. Millet is a gluten free grain that has a significant amount of minerals, vitamins and trace elements – in particular silicic acid, which influences the healthy growth of bones, hair, nails and skin. So overall, a healthy option and a lovely alternative to rice.
Preparing and Cooking Organic Millet
Organic millet is easy to cook, just cook one part of the organic millet grain (allow approx 100g per adult) with two parts water or stock, until the water is absorbed and season with herbs.
Serve with vegetables or a tomato-based sauce. As well as being nutritious and filling, millet is good value for money if you have to feed a family and ideal for those with a gluten intolerance.
Quick Summer Millet Recipe
Sabine’s tip for a quick summer recipe – cook the millet in vegetable stock with some mixed herbs and a dash of tomato puree. Leave to cool, add cucumber cubes, yoghurt or tsatsiki and season with lots of dill. Yummy!
Let me know how you and your family like the Organic Millet and send us in your favourite recipes to share with other mums and dads.