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millet patties

After trying the millet patties at Angelica Kitchen last week, I knew that I had to make them at home.  I was thrilled when I was browsing through the Spring section of the Clean Food cookbook and came across these:

Millet Black Bean Patties with Corn – score!

I have seen so many recipes including Millet lately, so I was curious about the health benefits.

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Millet is a tasty grain that has a mildly sweet, nut-like flavor.  It is nearly 15 percent protein, and is rich in fiber, B-complex vitamins, essential amino acids, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, and potassium.  The magnesium in millet can help to reduce the severity of asthma, the frequency of migraines, lower high blood pressure and reduce the risk of heart attack.  Millet is non-glutinous, and is not acid forming, so it is soothing and easy to digest.

I followed the recipe exactly, and the patties came out perfect!  The mixture was delicious, and the patties actually stayed as patties when cooked (unlike my other veggie burger variations I have made!).  It was nice to try a grain that I do not cook with a lot.

I sauteed the onion, corn, black bean and spice mixture until soft and warm.

I could have eaten the mix just like this!  But, I added the cooked millet instead – and cornstarch to make it easier to mold into patties.

This made 15 patties for me, even though the recipe says it will make 10!  I cooked 5 patties as suggested – fried on each side in a little olive oil over medium heat.  They were deeply browned on each side.

I baked the other 10 patties in the oven at 375°F for 20 minutes (10 on each side).  They came out great as well – now as browned, but still a little crunch on the outside with a soft patty on the inside (and healthier without the extra oil!).

Lot’s of leftovers for the week – yum!

I served our Millet Patties with a salad and homemade pita chips.

Salad with arugula, raisins, sweet curry sprouted sunflower seeds, feta cheese and a homemade dressing of olive oil, red wine vinegar, salt and pepper.

Delicious dinner!

And, a mocktail with seltzer, pomegranate juice and lime.  I needed a change from water!

Give these patties a try, they are great!  The recipe makes a lot, which makes it great for a crowd or for plenty of leftovers.  I am planning on freezing about 1/2 of the leftovers to keep for quick lunches and dinners when I am in a pinch.

nyc weekend recap – part II

Saturday and Sunday I hit up a few more great finds after work: Bonobos, Argo Tea and Liquidteria.  (Check out my NYC Weekend Recap – Part I for other great finds!)

Bonobos is a vegetarian restaurant located across the street from Madison Square Park.  They have a fairly simple menu with an upscale salad bar featuring nut pates, bean and/or grain salads and tons of veggies.

From their website: All food is serves in the most healthful delicious and nutritious manner with live enzymes intact as Mother Nature intended.  All vitamins, minerals and other food components are not changed by her.  We do not ass any processed cooked fats, salt or sugar to any of our food.  All fat in our foods has been put there by nature and is needed by our bodies.

Unfortunately, I did not have time to eat at Bonobos, but I did make sure to pick up a bottle of their famous Coconut Chai.

The Coconut Chai is made with a blend of fresh young coconut meat, spicy sweet chai masala and organic raw agave.  It is unbelievably good!  I may need to pick one of these up every time I visit NYC – seriously!

Across the street from Bonobos, is Argo Tea (located in the Flatiron Building).

It is like the Starbucks of Tea!  I had so much fun in there.  I am a huge tea drinker, and am not a big fan of coffee.  If I go to Starbucks, or a coffee shop, I normally get tea lattes or just plain tea, but they never have great tea, or a big selection of teas.  Well, this was such a treat for me!  You can order just a simple tea drink, or one of their specialty beverages which are phenomenal!  On Saturday, I ordered a chai tea latte, and Sunday I tried the earl gray vanilla latte – both were delicious.

You can pick from sweetened or unsweetened, and a variety of milks to use in your drinks.  We also sampled the MojiTea, which I loved.  But, I felt like a hot drink.  The MojiTea is a blend of Armenian Mint Tea, Lime Juice, Cane Sugar and Seltzer.  Ummm…would that be a perfect summer drink or what?!

They do sell their loose leaf teas, so I purchased the mint to create my own MojiTea!

Next up, was Liquidteria.  I have been wanting to go here for so long, and finally made the trek!  If I had known it was so close to my brother’s place, I would have gone a long time ago.  It is located in the East Village, which is adorable!  So many great finds there.

Liquidteria is a juice bar/takeaway cafe.  There menu looked delicious with a few fresh sandwiches, including a signature PB&J and an oatmeal bar.  This time, I was there for the juice that I have heard so much about – next time I will try the food!

They presh their juices fresh right on the spot, or they have some already bottled for easy on the go.  Since I wanted to take a few home with me, I went directly to the to-go case.  I bought 2 since I couldn’t decide!

Grasshopperapple, pear, pineapple, wheatgrass & mint.

All Greens w/ Apple, Lemon & Gingerkale, spinach, romaine, parsley, celery, cucumber, apple, lemon & ginger.

It is a really good thing that I don’t live around places like this, or I would be broke!!  Juice is a great way to get some greens in while on the go, so I do try to look up juice bars when I travel.  NYC just happens to have loads of them.

While we were exploring the city on Sunday, we came across a ‘Green Festival’ in Union Square.

There were a lot of booths set up for compost collections, green cleaning products, gardening supplies for roof/porch gardens, body care, sustainable restaurants and food products, etc.  It was really cool to see everything come together for a huge city like NYC.  They festival was sponsored by Whole Foods, and it was packed despite the rain.  Boston, you really need to get on this!!

 

Stonyfield, Nature’s Path and Organic Valley had a Breakfast Buffet set up featuing Stonyfield milk and yogurt, Organic Valley drinkable yogurt, and Nature’s Path granola, cereal and granola bars.

Since we had just eaten breakfast, we just took some samples to go.  I learned that Organic Valley products come from local dairy farmers!  Check out which farmers are a part of the coop in your area here – there are bio’s and stories on all of the farmers.  One of the farmers was there and was so proud of his products!  I loved knowing who my dairy comes from.  It made me want to purchase more of their products to help out those local farmers.

The blue containers above are reuseable yogurt containers from Stonyfield.  I was psyched to get these because I hate that I waste so much plastic from buying individual yogurts!  Yes, I could just buy bigger containers and put it into a glass jar to-go, but I rarely do that, so this will make me do it – no excuses now!

If you recycle your yogurt containers at your local Whole Foods, they will make the plastic into other items, such as the yogurt containers above and toothbrushes.  Stonyfield teamed up with Preserve® in order to aid in recycling efforts.  I already recycle my containers, but I thought i’d give the shout out!  Look for these bins and dump those yogurt containers in them.

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Another cool item that I spotted at the festival were these great pocket planters made by Woollypocket!

You can use them on any wall, inside or outside!  They had them planted with flowers, herbs, vegetables and even trees!

 It was so great to just stumble upon this little festival.  I learned so much more about green products and restaurants in the area.

What a great few days in the city!  I hope to be back again soon.