Harvest Squash and Millet

Recipe & Photo credit: Karen Littlefield [@karenscolorfulkitchen]


Millet is a good source of magnesium and has been shown to be beneficial for asthma, migraines and high blood pressure.


I have used millet combined with riced cauliflower in a topping on shepherd’s pie in this vegan recipe by Meghan Telpner and it is delicious!! (especially the gravy)


The recipe below was created by a fellow Academy of Culinary Nutrition graduate Karen Littlefield and is included in the From Scratch Cookbook for 2017.


Give this one a try this weekend and let me know how you like it!!


Harvest Squash and Millet

This plant-based dish is packed with nutrients and flavour—a wonderful crowd-pleaser for your next gathering!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 8 as a side
Author Karen Littlefield


  • 1 cup Millet
  • 2.5 cups water or vegetable broth
  • 1 Delicata squash
  • 2 tbsp Olive oil
  • 1 tsp Apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 2 tsp Maple syrup
  • Pinch sea salt and black pepper
  • 1 tbsp Coconut oil
  • 1/2 Red onion diced
  • 1 clove Garlic diced
  • 1 large handful Spinach washed and chopped
  • 2 tbsp chopped cranberries fresh or frozed
  • 2 tsp Maple syrup
  • 3-4 tbsp Chopped fresh parsley


  1. Preheat oven to 375˚F. Add millet and water or broth to a pot. Bring to a boil over medium heat and then turn heat to low and cover. Cook 20-25 minutes and then remove from heat. Fluff with a fork and then recover and allow to sit an additional 10 minutes. 

  2. While millet is cooking, cut squash in half, lengthwise. Scoop out seeds and then slice into half-moon shapes. Add to a bowl with olive oil, apple cider vinegar, Dijon mustard, maple syrup, and a pinch of salt and pepper. Toss to coat and then lay onto a baking sheet in an even layer and put into your oven. Roast for 55-60 minutes, taking them out once halfway through to stir. 
  3. While squash and millet are cooking, chop onion, garlic and spinach. Add coconut oil to a pan over medium heat. When oil is heated, add onion and stir for 1-2 minutes. Add garlic and spinach and a pinch of salt and continue to cook until spinach is wilted and onions are cooked. Add to a large bowl when finished. 
  4. Chop cranberries and set them aside in a dish with maple syrup to sweeten. Allow to sit for about 5 minutes, being sure to stir them once or twice along the way. 
  5. Add cooked millet and cooked squash to the bowl with the onion, garlic and spinach. Add sweetened cranberries and 3-4 Tbsp of chopped, fresh parsley. Stir to combine.

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