Pineapple Shrimp Fried Millet

Similar to fried rice, Pineapple Shrimp Fried Millet packs savoury, salty, sweet and umami flavours all in one nutritious meal. 

I love millet because of its anti-inflammatory properties and nutrient-dense profile. This recipe stars two ingredients that you might not think to pair together, or even add to your weekly grocery list. But millet and shrimp and a match made in heaven.

They both contain tons of healthful minerals and have anti-inflammatory properties as well.  Inflammation is a silent condition that can show up in many forms, from joint pain to digestive issues. By filling your plates with certain nutritious foods that contain powerful anti-inflammatory properties, you can aid your body in the healing process!

I also can’t resist a hefty dose of vitamin C (plus enzymes) this time of year, and I love reaching for juicy pineapples to get it. This is going to be your favourite twist on fried rice, bonus is it’s on the table in less than an hour!

Pineapple Shrimp Fried Millet by Jesse Lane LeePineapple Shrimp Fried Millet Recipe

gluten-free & dairy-free

Prep time: 15 minutes | Cook time: 30 minutes | Serving size: 3

Ingredients 

  • 1 cup dry millet
  • 2 cups veggie broth
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 small white onion
  • 1 lb medium raw shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1½ cups diced pineapple
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 2 tbsp grated fresh ginger
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tbsp low-sodium tamari
  • 2 green onions, sliced
  • 3 tbsp chopped fresh cilantro

Directions

  1. Toast millet in a dry pot over medium heat until lightly browned, about 4 minutes. Add broth and bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes. Remove from heat and let sit covered for 10 minutes.
  2. Heat oil in a large pan on medium heat. Add onion and cook until translucent, about 5 minutes. Stir in shrimp, pineapple, bell pepper, ginger and garlic; sauté for 5 minutes. Stir in millet and peas; sauté for 3 minutes.
  3. Push all ingredients to the side of the skillet and crack 1 egg into the open area of the pan and cook and stir until scrambled, 1 minute.
  4. Add tamari and stir until well combined. Garnish with green onion and cilantro.

PER SERVING (1/3 of recipe): CALORIES: 605, FAT: 12 g, SAT. FAT: 5 g, CARBS: 78 g, FIBER: 12 g, SUGARS: 14 g, PROTEIN: 46 g, SODIUM: 965 mg, CHOLESTEROL: 281 mg

Pineapple Shrimp Fried Millet by @jesselwellness

Health Benefits of Millet

If you’ve never had millet before you’re in for a healthy surprise! Millet is a small ancient grain that looks like a tiny round bead. It is an important staple in Africa and has been cultivated for over 8,000 years. Although it is generally used as birdseed in North America, millet has many health benefits that include:

  • Manganese and phosphorus which support bone health
  • Millet is a heart-healthy grain because it is high in magnesium which lowers high blood pressure
  • Gut cleaning insoluble fiber which prevents constipation and helps prevent gallstones
  • Millet is gluten-free, hypoallergenic, anti-inflammatory, and has an alkaline effect on the body

Health benefits shrimp

Shrimp is another food we don’t think about enough. When planning a seafood dish my go to’s are always, well, fish. But these little crustaceans are filled to the brim with nutrients that keep us feeling healthy.

Cooked shrimp contains 24g of protein per 100 grams. In this recipe you’ll get 4 times that amount! Protein provides us with energy, allows us to build or repair our muscles and bones, it also helps us make hormones to keep us feeling balanced and enzymes to help our bodies function.

  • Shrimp is also high in minerals! Let’s break down shrimp’s mineral profile:
  • Calcium builds bone structure, helps with blood clotting, and regulating muscle movements.
  • Magnesium supports the nervous system, aids muscles, and supports cardiovascular function.
  • Phosphorus maintains our tissues and cells, as well as our DNA and RNA. Phosphorus, like calcium, works to maintain our bones and teeth. It also allows us to effectively utilize all of the vitamins and minerals we take in like vitamin D.
  • Potassium gives us energy, it maintains the fluids within our cells keeping us hydrated. It aids the nervous system and helps our muscles function too!
  • Shrimp is an excellent health food because it contains all of these PLUS an extensive profile of healthy fats to reduce inflammation and keep our brains functioning!

Try this recharging recipe after a long busy day to help your body rest and recover!

Under-An-Hour Anti-inflammatory Fish Recipe Roundup

If this post has sparked your curiosity about inflammation and inflammatory foods, then try these yummy fish recipes to tackle it!

Check out my article Why you should be taking fish oil, to find out more about the importance of including marine foods in your diet! Want to do a deeper dive? My article on How Your Diet Could Help Reduce Inflammation gives you everything you need to learn!

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