Asparagus and Mushroom Millet Pilaf


I was totally lazy yesterday afternoon while The Bug was napping.  And all evening, after he went to sleep.  I should have been folding laundry.  Or cleaning up the kitchen.  But instead I started writing a blog post, perusing Facebook, and catching up on My Fair Wedding and Sweet Genius on my DVR.  And why was I feel totally OK with this?  Well, The Bug was napping.  My tummy was full from gobbling up some leftovers of Friday night’s dinner (after I had already had lunch.  And a cake pop.) while I was photographing it for this blog entry.  And The Hubby was away until Sunday afternoon, so I knew I had all night and a good portion of Sunday to do the piddly tasks.  Other than the sound of The Bug snoring over the monitor, the house was very quiet.  Almost unnerving how quiet it was.  Today, for some reason, the quiet is nice and appealing.  Maybe because now the chores are done, and it is a damp, dreary day, perfect for staying inside.

Asparagus and Mushroom Millet Pilaf with mushroomsSo anyway, dinner Friday night.  So good!  As I mentioned, I was picked at more of it straight out of the fridge.  And, since The Hubby wasn’t home, I just finished it off for dinner.  The Bug happily devoured a broccoli and cheese omelet (with ketchup naturally).  I’m wasn’t sharing my leftovers.

I love Jessica’s How Sweet It Is blog.  Her photos are amazing (something I aspire to), and she cracks me up regularly.  You would think by the name that her blog would be all about desserts.  Well, she does have some A-MAZ-ING desserts.  But oftentimes, it is her savory recipes that catch my attention.  Like this Springtime Jasmine Rice Salad.  Mushrooms, asparagus…  mmmmm!!!!  My favorites.


I scoured my grocery store and could not find the jasmine brown rice.  I guess I could have bought regular jasmine rice, but I bought a bag of millet on a whim awhile ago.  Millet is a grain that looks similar to couscous or maybe even kinda like barley, but it is gluten-free.  I have been trying to figure out a way to make it that wouldn’t freak out The Hubby.  Put a new dessert or a new meat dish in front of him, and he is all over it.  A new vegetable or grain – well, that is usually perceived as me trying to force “crunchy” health foods on him.  But this was good.  Real good.

Asparagus and Mushroom Millet Pilaf from top

I used some dried cranberries instead of the dried cherries, and tweaked the amounts of other ingredients, since I was making a larger portion.  And I used vegetable broth instead of chicken.  I’m sure either way would be great, but with the veggie broth, this is a nice vegan meal.  And if you aren’t vegan, try it with some shrimp, like we did on Friday night, or sprinkled with a little goat cheese, as I did on Saturday night.  Or eat it straight out of the fridge, cold.

The Hubby liked it, despite his lack of love for asparagus and mushrooms, and The Bug ate his portion.  Though honestly, he was more interested in devouring seven or eight shrimp – go figure, normally he won’t touch shrimp.  Ugh, the eating habits of toddlers!

I definitely want to try it with the brown jasmine rice, just as Jessica made it.  But I think that’ll require a drive to Whole Foods, which, sadly, is not too convenient.  And I still have that bag of millet, or I am thinking it would be good with quinoa, to, to amp up the protein.  Mom, can’t wait for you to try it – this is what I am making on Good Friday!

And since it is so quiet, I need some conversation, even if it is “virtual”.  So tell me what you think of this recipe, answer the questions below, or just say Hi.  I’d love to hear from everyone who is reading, so we can get to know each other!

Asparagus and Mushroom Millet Pilaf Close-upAre you lazy or productive when your significant other is away?  What are you favorite spring vegetables or fruits?

Asparagus and Mushroom Millet Pilaf
  • about 1 lb asparagus spears, woody stems removed, cut into 1-1½ in pieces
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 cup millet
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 cups low-sodium vegetable or chicken stock
  • 1 shallot, minced
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 pint white or baby bella mushrooms, quartered
  • ½ cup dry white wine (I used a sauvignon blanc)
  • ⅓ cup dried cranberries, coarsely chopped
  • kosher salt
  • freshly ground pepper
  1. Prepare the millet as per the package directions, using stock instead of water. I cooked mine in my rice cooker.
  2. Preheat the oven to 400°F. Toss the asparagus with 1 T olive oil, 1 t salt, and freshly ground black pepper. Lay in a single layer on a baking sheet, and roast until tender, about 20-25 minutes.
  3. Heat 1 T olive oil in a skillet over medium heat.
  4. Add shallot and a little salt, and cook until soft, about 2-3 minutes.
  5. Add mushrooms to the pan, and cook until nicely browned and soft, about 5-7 minutes.
  6. Add the garlic and dried cranberries, and cook for another minutes or so.
  7. Add the wine, and cook for a couple of minutes to reduce the liquid a bit.
  8. Toss the mushroom mixture with the roasted asparagus and millet, and season to taste with salt and pepper.


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  1. says

    Fortunately, my husband doesn’t have to travel for work however he is gone for two 24 hr shifts each week and I’m as productive as I can be with a 2 yr old and a 5 month old 😉 This is a lovely recipe! I adore mushrooms!! And I think quinoa would be amazing in this. I really love quinoa too! So tasty and so good for you as well.

  2. says

    This sounds yummy! I love the combo of stuff in it.
    I can relate to the non-productive thing—but you know, sometimes it’s totally ok to just put those things off till later (I did it last night). Just wait till the little guy stops his naps!

  3. says

    I think my first comment disappeared in the ether–but if not, sorry if you get this twice!

    I did a recipe a while ago with asparagus, mushrooms, and farro and it was so good! I’ve never had millet before, so maybe I will try that next time. I’m always looking for new and exciting grains to try. :)

    …and sometimes we need lazy time spent catching up on the DVR. It’s good for your mental health!

  4. says

    I think my first comment disappeared–but if not, sorry if you get this twice!

    I did a recipe a while ago with asparagus, mushrooms, and farro and it was so good! I’ve never had millet before, so maybe I will try that next time. I’m always looking for new and exciting grains to try. :)

    …and sometimes we need lazy time spent catching up on the DVR. It’s good for your mental health!

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