It’s side dish time! When it comes to Thanksgiving and Christmas Dinner, you can’t go wrong with the tried and true main dishes of slow cooked turkey and honey baked ham. But when it comes to the side dishes, your imagination is the limit!
For me, taking a traditional side dish and spicing it up with a few extra ingredients has always been a hobby of mine. Can you say Sweet Potato Pizza? So with Thanksgiving just around the corner, I thought I’d take a traditional side dish and put a little Honeyville twist on it. Best of all, those few additional ingredients not only add a lot of taste, but a punch of whole grain goodness! Who knew a side dish could be so delicious, and so healthy at the same time? Get ready for Holiday Ham Green Beans, mixed with cooked millet!
1 cup Honeyville Hulled Millet
2 cups Water
1/4 tsp Salt
Crushed Meyer Lemon Olive Oil (optional)
First, you need to bake your millet.
In your Fagor 3 in 1 Pressure Cooker, add 1 cup millet to 2 cups water and 1/4 tsp salt.
Place lid on top, lock in place, and pressure cook on high for 10 minutes.
While millet is cooking, begin your green beans.
Bring a large sauce pan filled with water to a boil, then add green beans and ham.
Let boil for 2-3 minutes, then lower temperature and let simmer at medium heat for an additional 5-8 minutes.
Drain water and transfer beans and ham to a large mixing bowl.
Scoop out desired amount of millet and place in bowl with green beans and ham. Drizzle butter or lemon olive oil on top and toss ingredients together.
Be prepared, these are not your typical green beans. The addition of the ham brings a smokey flavor to the green beans that you couldn’t find anywhere else. The millet gives you added taste and texture, while also giving you a healthy serving of whole grain. Add the lemon olive oil or butter, and you’ve got a side dish that everyone in the family will love.
Why settle for the ordinary this Holiday season? What simple ingredients could you add to your side dishes to make them extraordinary!