Budget Breakfast: Rice-Cooker Millet Porridge


Rice-Cooker Millet Porridge — an easy, cheap and nutritious breakfast!

how’s this for a healthy eating on a budget pointer: make a 50¢ breakfast with almost zero effort.

IMG_2397here’s what I did:

  1. i bought organic millet from the bulk section of Sprouts.  I eyeballed a cup which came to a whopping 67¢! (and it came with a free, reusable plastic bag.)
  2. i rinsed the millet.
  3. before i went to the gym in the morning,  i put my millet, water, almond milk, nutmeg, cinnamon, cardamom, and  a handful of dried cranberries in my rice cooker and right before i walked out the door, i pressed ‘cook’.
  4. i smiled smugly.

when i returned home a little over an hour later, not only did my apartment smell amazing but i had one of the most delicious breakfasts I’ve ever made.

i added coconut oil, coconut manna & toasted sunflower seeds with a little more hot almond milk.  the cranberries rehydrated and were plump and sweet. the porridge was creamy and nutty, spicy and filling.

it was very good.

Health Benefits of Millet

English: Millet grains Deutsch: Hirsekörner

Millet grains (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

  • high in protein, fiber, iron, magnesium & potassium
  • contains silica which eases joint pain and aids flexibility
  • alkaline, digests easily and aids digestion
  • warming and hearty
  • supports kidneys & stomach
  • soothing, especially for indigestion or morning sickness

i highly recommend this breakfast on a cold winter morning!  (i think it was only 60º in LA the morning i made it.– brrrrr)

a cup of millet made about 3 servings (maybe 4, it was so good i had some big servings.)  I put the rest of the millet in the fridge and later in the week heated it up with some extra almond milk and berries & pomegranate seeds.

the millet cost 67¢ and i put about $1 worth of other ingredients in there (maybe $2 with the coconut) bringing 3 filling delicious breakfasts in between 50¢-$1.

the cranberries and coconut were enough sweetness for me, but you could add stevia, raw honey or maple syrup if you feel the need.

and ps: you could put any toppings on it you want, applesauce, berries, seeds, nuts, bananas etc & so on.  get creative!

if you don’t have a rice-cooker, a slow cooker would also work you would just need to start it before you went to bed and set it to ‘low.’  you would then wake up to the wonderful smells of spices and breakfast would be ready and waiting!

if you don’t have a rice-cooker or a slow-cooker, a good ol pot with a lid will also do the trick.  however you wouldn’t have the luxury of going out or going to bed as it cooked.

i do recommend a rice-cooker if you are lazy or have a short attention span like i do with a tendency towards burning pot bottoms.

and you can go to the gym and come home to a hot breakfast!  can’t do that with a pot.

Rice-Cooker Millet Porridge

makes 3 or more servings

  • 1 cup organic millet
  • 2 cups filtered water (you could also do all milk or no milk)
  • 1/2c almond or flax milk (or any “milk” you like including…milk)
  • any spices and toppings you desire such as:  dried fruit, nutmeg, cardamom, cinnamon, vanilla, berries, pomegranate seeds, peanut butter, etc.
  1. rinse millet.
  2. put all ingredients in rice-cooker.
  3. push “cook”.
  4. add more liquid, coconut or other oil, nuts, or fruits at the finish.
  5.  smile.

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