I was going to call these something cute like “bites” or “mini patties,” but if you can’t tell from the irregular shapes, I was definitely aiming for the familiarity of the nugget here. I was HOOKED on frozen vegan “chicken” strips/nuggets when I first went plant-based, which is funny and a teeny bit embarrassing at the same time. Having said that, I usually find myself craving those breaded morsels when I’m having a crappy day. Comfort nuggets ;)
I’ve made a few dietary changes recently (still plant-based), and millet has been one of my best buds at dinnertime. It has a slight corn-like flavor and a fluffy/sticky texture that makes meals feel hearty.
I’ve been buying these millet-based veggie burgers and bites (the grown up version of those nuggets from my youth) for those times when convenience is key. I love them because the texture is great and the ingredients are simple—so simple that I felt silly shelling out money for something I could probably figure out with a bit of time. Millet is the first ingredient and psyllium husk is a little bit down the line. Those two things alone seemed sticky enough to make it work with minimal effort.
So I made it work! These are waaaay better than the frozen ones and they’re so much more economical. Plus you can customize them to your liking with the vegetables, herbs, and spices. They tick off all the major free’s for all of the people in your life: no animal products, gluten, sugar, soy or nuts. And they’ve actually got some crunch on the exterior! I bet you could easily double the batch and make some nice veggie burgers with the same method here.
I haven’t tried freezing these and heating them from that point yet. My guess is that you could form the nuggets, freeze them on the baking sheet, and then transfer them to a container in your freezer for storage. To cook from frozen, I’d probably let them go 25-26 minutes, rather than the 22 that I state in the recipe below. Let me know if you try this! Nuggets of gratitude going out to all of you this week hehe :D
SUPER SAVOURY VEGGIE, HEMP & MILLET NUGGETS
Print the recipe here!
Serves: 3-4 (about 10 nuggets)
Notes: You could replace the broccoli and carrots with any finely grated vegetable you’re into. If you want to keep this recipe oil-free, sauté the vegetables in a little bit of water and definitely bake the nuggets on parchment (rather than on a naked baking sheet). I haven’t tried these nuggets with quinoa or rice or any other grain, so experiment at your own risk. Last thing: the psyllium husk is the glue here and yes, you need it. It can be found inexpensively at bulk stores, health food shops, online, and even at HomeSense/Home Goods stores!
1 cup cooked millet (from about ⅓ cup dry millet)
sea salt and ground black pepper, to taste
1 tablespoon avocado oil (or other oil), plus extra
½ cup grated broccoli (about 4-5 regular florets grated with a box grater)
½ cup grated carrot (1 medium carrot)
2 small shallots, peeled
1 teaspoon minced fresh rosemary
½ teaspoon ground turmeric
½ teaspoon lemon zest
pinch of cayenne pepper
2 tablespoons hulled hemp seeds
1 ½ teaspoons psyllium husk powder
1 tablespoon nutritional yeast
1 teaspoon grainy mustard
CREAMY MAPLE MUSTARD DIPPING SAUCE:
2 tablespoons raw cashew butter
2 tablespoons water, plus extra to thin
1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
1 tablespoon grainy mustard
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1 small clove of garlic, finely grated with a microplane
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Lightly brush the parchment with oil and set aside.
In a small saucepan over medium-high heat, combine the millet with ¾ cup water and a pinch of salt. Cover and bring to a boil. Simmer the millet until all water is absorbed and grains appear fluffy/lightly mushy, about 20-25 minutes. Set aside to cool.
Heat the avocado oil in a medium sauté pan over medium heat. Add the broccoli and carrots to the pan. Using the box grater, grate the shallots and transfer them to the pan as well. Season the vegetables with salt and pepper, and stir. Cook until carrots are soft and broccoli is bright green. Stir in the rosemary, turmeric, lemon zest, and cayenne pepper before taking off the heat to cool slightly.
Pack a 1 cup measurement with the cooled millet. You might have a couple mouthfuls extra. Transfer the cup of millet to a food processor. Add the cooked vegetable mixture to the food processor as well. Lastly: add the hemp seeds, psyllium husk powder, nutritional yeast, and grainy mustard to the food processor. Season the mixture with salt and pepper.
Run the food processor on high until the grains and vegetables start clumping together.
Form the nuggets: lightly oil your hands and measure out a scant 2 tablespoons of the millet mixture per nugget. Shape into little patties or freeform bites and set on the parchment lined baking sheet.
Once all the nuggets are formed, lightly brush the tops with a bit more oil. Slide the baking sheet into thge oven and bake for 22 minutes, flipping the nuggets halfway. They should be lightly browned and feel solid enough to pick up.
To make the dipping sauce, in a small bowl, whisk together the cashew butter, water, maple syrup, mustard, lemon juice, garlic, and salt. Add more water to thin if necessary.
Serve nuggets warm with the dipping sauce!