This marriage of nutritional superstars is sure to bowl you over with fresh flavours, great textural contrasts, and visual appeal. Not just for the birds, millet has great corny flavour, and cooking it in cilantro water is a way to make it even better with extra herby taste. To make each bowl shine even brighter green, you can swap out black beans for edamame or lima beans. It can also become vegetarian by swapping out chicken for cubes of smoked tofu. Serve the bowls for lunch or dinner.
To transport this recipe for workday lunches, pile ingredients into Mason-style glass jars. Simply divide sauce among 4 jars and then top with millet, chicken, beans, greens, and pumpkin seeds, in that order.
Blend together cilantro, 2 cups (500 mL) water, and a couple pinches of salt in blender. Bring cilantro water to a boil in medium saucepan, stir in millet, reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer, covered, until liquid is absorbed and millet is tender. Set pan aside for 5 minutes and then fluff millet with fork.
Place oil, lime juice, 3 Tbsp (45 mL) water, avocado, basil, parsley, green onion, garlic, and salt in blender container and blend until nearly smooth. Add water, 1 Tbsp (15 mL) at a time, to help with blending and to reach desired smooth consistency.
To serve, divide millet among 4 serving bowls and top with greens, chicken, beans, and avocado sauce. Sprinkle on pumpkin seeds.
This recipe is part of the Keen on Green collection.
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