Millet Pumpkin Congee

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Preparation Time 10 minutes Total Time 65 minutes
Servings 6 Cost Per Serving $0.36
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3/4 cupsMillet
6 cupsVegetable or Chicken Stock
1 1/2 cupsCooked Pumpkin or Squash
1 tbspFresh Ginger, grated
1/2 tspSea Salt & Ground Black Pepper
Topping Options
1/4 cupToasted Peanuts
1/2 cupCooked Turkey
1/4 cupSliced Green Onion
1/2 cupSeared Tofu
1Cooked Egg


  1. Rinse the millet and drain well.
  2. Add the stock, ginger and millet to a pot. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, cover with a lid and cook until the millet has broken down. About 40 minutes.
  3. Add the cooked pumpkin, stir through and cook another 15 minutes.
  4. Season and garnish with your favorite toppings.


  • ​Cook: Make sure you cook all foods to the recommended safe internal temperatures (see Health Canada's chart on safe internal cooking temperatures) to kill off any bacteria. You can use a digital or bimetal food thermometer to make sure your foods are safe to eat. Don't forget to sanitize your food thermometer before and after each use.·
  • The small whole grain, millet, has a slight nutty flavor. It is simple to prepare: the method is similar to how you would cook rice or quinoa.  It is also a great source of vegetarian protein and is gluten free. By adding this whole grain to your diet you get a variety of nutrients for your body such as: B vitamins, magnesium, potassium, zinc, copper and manganese.  Because it is a whole grain, you may have guessed that it is also high in fibre!  So it can help lower your cholesterol, blood sugars and risk of chronic diseases.
  • You often hear "eating a diet rich in colourful vegetables can lower your risk for heart disease, diabetes and cancer". Why not include pumpkin in that colourful diet? It is low in calories, contains no saturated fats or cholesterol and is an excellent source of antioxidants which may also help lower overall inflammation.  It is another nutrient rich food only in season for a short while, so make the most of it in your diet.