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Bok Choy, Broccoli and Edamame Skillet with Millet

Posted in Mains (Vegetarian), Sides by Janet M on March 30, 2012

There is one problem with my list of top cookbooks for my move.

What if I buy new cookbooks?

Sometimes the Book Depository makes it a bit too easy to buy new books. Americans are already blessed with cheap prices and even cheaper shipping options, but in Canada, things are a bit more expensive. Prices on books are reasonable on amazon.ca but I usually wait until I have an order over $40 for free shipping. And by that time, I may have decided not to buy the cookbook afterall. At The Book Depository, even though they ship from the UK, it is free shipping. Because it is from the UK, there is also no tax. I have not been hit with customs fees either, yet.

After I borrowed Bean by Bean from the library, I knew this cookbook was totally up my alley. Beans, beans, beans. Lots of information, this is almost a book of short stories describing each dish! Mostly vegetarian and vegan-friendly recipes. International themed. I also love the multiple variations for the recipes – swapping in different ingredients for a different meal. The only drawbacks were the heavy handedness with the oil (not too hard to fix) and serving sizes that are far too generous (again, not too hard to fix). So far, it I think it was a well spent $10.49.

So after I sorted my new cookbooks in alphabetical order, it turned out that Bean by Bean was lucky cookbook #17 for the Random Recipe challenge this month. I was excited to try any (non meatist) recipe, so I flipped it and it fell open to this very green Bok Choy, Broccoli and Edamame Skillet… which I decided to serve with millet (and no, not just because it rhymes).

I have bookmarked quite a few very simple beans + greens + lemon stir-fries but had yet to try one, so I was quite pleased to be bluntly encouraged to make this for Random Recipes. This recipe is great because it is so simple. No garlic, nor onion (gasp) just veggies and edamame with lemon. First, get your millet cooking, chop your veggies and then after a quick stirfry with a squeeze of lemon (and Aleppo, my addition), you have a tasty meal. A super green one at that. Pick your own favourite greens (baby spinach would be great), vegetables (I am still partial to broccoli but carrots would be nice, too), bean (any takers for chickpeas) and grain (quinoa, yes please). While Dragonwagon says this would serve 2-4 with pasta as a main dish, this was more like 6 servings when I added in the millet.

This is my submission to Random Recipes this month, to Ricki’s Weekend Wellness and to this month’s Gimme Green event.

Bok Choy, Broccoli and Edamame Skillet with Millet
Adapted from Bean by Bean

1 cup millet, rinsed
2 cups vegetable broth or water
1 tbsp coconut oil
6 heads of baby bok choy (I used Shanghai bok choy), washed, stems sliced and leaves julienned (separated)
1 large head broccoli, stems peeled and julienned, crowns coarsely chopped
zest and juice from 2 lemons
1.5 cups edamame (no need to defrost)
1-3 tbsp finely minced parsley, to taste
1/2 tsp Aleppo chile flakes, or to taste
salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste

1. Heat a medium sized saucepan over medium-low heat.  Add the rinsed millet and toast until fragrant, around 5 minutes. Add vegetable broth, turn up heat and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 20 minutes without lifting the lid. The water should all be absorbed. Set aside.

2. Meanwhile, wash the baby bok choy (make sure you get out all the dirt) and separate the the leaves from the stems. Chop the stems thinly crosswise and thinly slice the leaves lengthwise. Put the stems in a large colander and place the leaves in another bowl.

3. Separate the broccoli stems. Peel the stems and julienne. Add to the colander. Coarsely chop the broccoli crowns and add to the colander.

4. Wash the vegetables in the colander. Allow a bit of water to cling to the veggies.

5. In your largest skillet, heat the coconut oil on medium-high heat. Once it is very hot, add the vegetables from the colander. Saute quickly for 30 seconds, then cover and allow the vegetables to steam until almost tender-crisp, around 5 minutes.

6. Meanwhile, zest and juice your lemons and reserve.

7.  Once the vegetables are a brilliant green and almost tender-crisp, add the bok choy leaves and frozen edamame. Stir to incorporate, cover and let steam for 1-2 minutes.

8. Add in the lemon juice and zest (reserve some zest for garnish), parsley, chile flakes, salt and pepper to taste. Stir and toss until the lemon juice is almost evaporated. Season to taste. Garnish with reserved lemon zest.

9. Serve with millet, or your favourite grain/noodle.

Serves 6.

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  1. Dominic said, on March 30, 2012 at 11:24 AM

    wow 17 books and only on ‘B’… that’s a LOT of books!!!… this salad looks awesome I must say, so fresh and green… I really need this in my life right now… packed with goodness… thanks so much for taking part I hope it wasn’t too stressful!

  2. Rosh said, on March 30, 2012 at 12:15 PM

    What a fantastic combination of flavours! Wonderful recipe. Thanks a lot for sharing this on my space :-)

  3. Ashley said, on March 30, 2012 at 3:37 PM

    I love how “skillet with millet” sounds!! Now I want to make it just so I can go around saying skillet with millet haha. I’ve never heard of book depository. Going to check it out now. :) I love all the green veggies in this dish.

    • janet @ the taste space said, on March 30, 2012 at 6:18 PM

      I had to decide whether to call this a millet skillet or a skillet with millet… tough decisions, I swear. ;)

      Be careful, The Book Depository can be quite addictive. Their prices seem to fluctuate with their available stock, though.

  4. Zoa said, on March 31, 2012 at 12:11 AM

    Wow, today by some weird coincidence for supper I had orecchiette with broccoli rabe, spinach, kabocha squash, finely chopped green beans, and edamame beans, spiced up with hot pepper and a little onion and garlic. Are you, like, beaming me ideas, or what? But I didn’t think of lemon zest…nice!

  5. Richa@HobbyandMore said, on April 1, 2012 at 1:08 AM

    i love the rhyme in the title! and that is a lot of books!

  6. Ella @ Lifeologia said, on April 1, 2012 at 12:22 PM

    Looks good and I’m such a sucker for cute rhyming words – love it ;D lol

  7. Amanda said, on April 1, 2012 at 3:03 PM

    This might get you into trouble…..but you get free shipping on Amazon with a $25 order now……

  8. Joanne said, on April 1, 2012 at 10:27 PM

    I just bought this cookbook on Amazon!! And now I can’t wait until it comes!! I’ve never really done a bean stir fry either but it’s about time. This sounds so delicious.

    • janet @ the taste space said, on April 2, 2012 at 6:17 PM

      Yayayaya! I can’t wait to see what you make from it… so many recipes to pick from.. They seem so simple, but her descriptions have me drooling at every single one. :)

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