Here’s a great gluten-free recipe that is not only delicious, but it’s also satisfying, warming, and chock full of nutrition! It’s a very Thrifty filling dish for guests or hungry teenagers as well!

Yams have a high fiber content and can help lower LDL (bad) cholesterol levels, prevent colon cancer, and help with constipation. They are loaded with anti-oxidants such as Vitamins B1, B6, riboflavin, folic acid, niacin, Vitamins C and A, beta carotene, potassium, iron, calcium, manganese and phosphorous.

Millet’s small grains are round and compact but fluff up when cooked. Unlike most grains, it requires 3 cups of water to 1 cup of grain. Millet is grown in northern climates and is valued for warming the body.

This dish is fantastic for potlucks, dinner parties or even taking for lunch. It can be cut up into squares or wedges that hold together nicely, so it’s very portable.

  • 2 cups millet dry roasted (lightly brown in a skillet without oil) but use 6 cups cooked and save the rest for something else*
  • 4 cups jewel yams (deep orange color)
  • 6 cups water
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 cup walnuts or almonds sprinkled on top (they will brown in the oven)
  • 1  1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • Grated  fresh nutmeg
  • 1/4-1/2 cup real maple syrup

1. Preheat oven to 350.

2. Wash millet and dry roast in a skillet until golden brown.

3. Wash and wrap yams in tin foil ( keeps them moist) and bake at 350 for approximately 1 hour. Peel and puree in food processor, or mash with a fork when cooled.

4. Place millet, water and 1 tsp sea salt in covered pot.

5. Bring to boil, cover and simmer for 30 minutes or until all the water is absorbed.

6. Combine millet and yams, then add spices, sweetener. You may want to add additional salt and pepper to taste. Mix well.

7. Transfer ingredients to oiled baking dish, top with nuts, and bake for 60 minutes or until the top is crusty.

8. Cut into squares or wedges and serve hot. This dish sticks together like a brownie so it is a great addition to a lunch to go.

Tip: Organic butternut squash may be substituted for yams.

* Cooked millet can be a quick and easy breakfast cereal that can be seasoned just like oatmeal. Yum! Or, it is delicious accompanying a stir fry with a bit of salt, pepper and maybe some ghee melted in. This is a fantastically Thrifty meal for the holidays or guests whenever…