Close up of finished salad.

Sorghum, Apple and Kale Salad

I adapted this salad from a quinoa recipe I found Quinoa salad. The apples and walnuts give this salad a nice, sweet crunch. I added turmeric to the sorghum while it cooked to give it a little extra flavor. I hope you enjoy this easy, nutritious dish!

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • 2 tsp turmeric
  • 2 cups cooked whole grain sorghum
  • 3 medium apples, pealed and diced
  • 3 handfuls finely chopped kale
  • 1 cup onion, chopped
  • 1 cup walnuts, chopped

Dressing:

  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp. maple syrup or honey
  • Juice from 1/2 lemon (about 1/8 cup)
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper

Soak 1 cup of uncooked, whole grain sorghum in water for 2 hours. Rinse sorghum grains and cook in 2 cups of vegetable broth plus 1 cup of water and 2 teaspoons of turmeric, until liquid is absorbed and sorghum is tender – about 1 hour. Set aside to cool. This will yield about 3 1/2 cups of cooked sorghum. I only used 2 cups of it for this recipe, but feel free to use more if you like.

Cooked sorghum with turmeric in pan.

The turmeric gives the whole grain sorghum a lovely yellow color.

Ingredients for salad on kitchen counter.

While the sorghum was cooking, I prepared the remaining ingredients.

Sauté chopped onion in olive oil with chopped kale until kale is wilted and onions are translucent.

Washed kale in a colander.

Freshly washed kale.

Set aside to cool. Make dressing while onion-kale mixture is cooling.

Sautéed onions and kale added to the cooked sorghum.

Onions and kale were sautéed and added to the cooked sorghum.

Mix cooked sorghum with kale and onion mixture. Add apples, walnuts and dressing.

Sorghum salad with apples and walnuts added in a brown mixing bowl.

Apples and walnuts added.

Chill salad in refrigerator and serve cold.

Sorghum, apple, kale salad in white serving bowl.

I chilled the salad for about 2 hours so it would absorb the flavors of the dressing.

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Whole grain sorghum pilaf with toasted corn in a serving bowl with Parmesan cheese sprinkled on top.

Sorghum Pilaf with Pan-Roasted Corn

Here is another whole grain sorghum recipe developed by Barbara Kliment of the Nebraska Grain Sorghum Board. I added chopped kale to the recipe to give it more color and just because I love kale.

Metal bowl containing chopped up kale.

I added chopped kale to add color to this dish.

I soaked my sorghum for two hours before cooking, which made it a little softer and more sticky. I cooked the sorghum for about an hour until all of the broth was absorbed. I think I could have taken 10 minutes off of the cooking time and drained off the excess broth and the texture of the sorghum would have been a bit better.

The chicken broth gives the whole grain sorghum a nice flavor and the almonds give this pilaf a very pleasing crunch. Enjoy this pilaf as a meal by itself or as a side dish.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup uncooked pearled sorghum
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 1 ½ Tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 cups fresh or frozen corn
  • 1 cup carrots, sliced thin
  • ½ cup celery, sliced
  • ½ cup onion, diced
  • 2 cups kale, chopped (optional)
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • ½ cup slivered almonds
  • ½ cup Parmesan cheese, shredded or grated
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions:

Package of chicken broth next to rinsed sorghum grains in a strainer.

The whole grain sorghum absorbs the flavor of the chicken broth.

Rinse and drain sorghum grains. Bring chicken broth to a boil in a 3-quart saucepan, add sorghum and simmer for 45 to 50 minutes, until tender. Drain off any excess broth and set pan aside.

Cooked whole grain sorghum in a saucepan.

I cooked the sorghum until it absorbed all of the chicken broth (about an hour) and it was a little bit mushy.

While the sorghum is cooking, chop the vegetables. Measure out two cups of frozen corn and let it sit out to thaw. I didn’t have slivered almonds so I chopped up some whole almonds in my food processor.

Corn and almonds in measuring cups next to bowl of cut of carrots, celery and onions.

Chopped vegetables, almonds and frozen corn.

Heat olive oil in a large skillet. Add corn and cook until toasted.

Corn sautéing in a skillet.

Sauté the corn in a skillet in olive oil until it starts to brown a little.

Add onion, garlic, celery and carrots and sauté until onions are translucent, 3 – 5 minutes. Add salt and pepper to season to taste.

Carrots, onions, celery and garlic added to the sautéed corn in skillet.

The rest of the vegetables are sautéed with the toasted corn.

Add chopped kale, cover and steam for 2 minutes.

Skillet containing vegetables with glass cover on top.

I covered the skillet after adding the chopped kale to let it steam for a few minutes.

Add almonds, cover and cook for 2-3 more minutes, until nuts begin to toast.

Vegetables and almonds mixed together in skillet.

I steamed the kale until it was wilted (about 3 minutes) and then added the almonds.

Add cooked sorghum and heat through, adding extra broth if the mixture looks too dry. Add cheese and stir until melted.

Skillet containing cooked vegetables, whole grain soghum and parmesan cheese.

Cooked sorghum is added to the vegetables, warmed up, and then the Parmesan cheese is added.

Remove pilaf from heat and pour into serving dish or platter. Garnish with additional cheese and almonds, if you like.

Plastic container of grated Parmesan cheese.

You can use shredded or grated Parmesan cheese.

 

 

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Finished sorghum chicken casserole in a bowl.

Cheesy Sorghum Chicken Casserole

Here is another recipe using whole grain sorghum. The green chilies and red pepper flakes give it just a little bit of spicy kick that is absorbed by the whole grain sorghum. I got the idea for the recipe here, but I changed it up a bit.

Here’s a fun little video about whole grain sorghum from Bob’s Red Mill.

I soaked the sorghum for several hours, then cooked it ahead of time in vegetable broth, just like in my pea salad recipe. I hope you enjoy this healthy, spicy recipe!

Ingredients

  • 6 strips of bacon, fried and crumbled into pieces
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 white onion, chopped
  • 1 clove of garlic, minced
  • 3 green onions, chopped
  • 1 large tomato, chopped
  • 1 8oz. can tomato sauce
  • dash of red pepper flakes
  • salt & pepper
  • 2 cups cooked & shredded chicken breast
  • 2 cups cooked whole grain sorghum
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 small can of Hatch diced green chilies
  • 1/2 cup kale, chopped
  • 2 cups grated sharp cheddar cheese, divided

Instructions

Cook the whole grain sorghum ahead of time (instructions here).

Whole grain sorghum in a 2-cup glass measuring cup.

I cooked the whole grain sorghum ahead of time in vegetable broth.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F and spray a 7 × 9 baking dish with no-stick olive oil spray.

Chopped red bell pepper and green onions on a cutting board with other ingredients lined up behind.

While the whole grain sorghum was cooking, I chopped up the vegetables.

Fry the bacon and set aside to cool. Remove some of the bacon grease and cook the chicken breast in the same pan until cooked through. Cut chicken into bite-sized pieces.

Chopped up cooked chicken breast on a cutting board.

After frying the bacon, I cooked the chicken breast in the same frying pan and then chopped it up into bite-sized bits.

In the same skillet, over medium-high heat, add olive oil, garlic and white and green onions. Sauté for 2-3 minutes.

Chopped onions and garlic in a frying pan with olive oil.

After cooking the bacon and chicken, I used the same pan to sauté the onion and garlic.

Add chopped tomato, tomato sauce, red pepper flakes and salt & pepper. Stir and simmer for 5-7 minutes.

Tomatoes, sauce, onions, peppers and garlic in a frying pan.

The tomatoes and tomato sauce are added to the sautéed onion and garlic, plus a couple of shakes of red pepper flakes.

Meanwhile, combine sorghum, chicken, crumbled bacon, red bell pepper, green chilies, kale and 1 cup of the cheddar cheese in a large bowl. Season with salt & pepper to taste.

Chicken mixed with vegetables and sorghum in a large bowl.

Chicken, bell pepper, green chilies, kale and cooked whole grain sorghum, plus 1 cup of shredded cheese.

Add tomato sauce mixture to the bowl and toss to combine.

Pour mixture to the baking dish.

Casserole dish containing all ingredients mixed together.

After combining all the ingredients, adding more shredded cheese on top is all that is left.

Top with remaining cheddar cheese and cover with foil.

Bake for 15 minutes. Remove foil and bake for another 10 minutes.

Remove from oven and garnish with additional green onions, if you like.

Sorghum chicken casserole in a bowl, melted cheese on top.

Finished casserole ready to taste.

 

Makes 4-6 servings.

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Gluten-free pea salad with whole grain sorghum on a plate with bbq ribs.

Gluten-free Sorghum Pea Salad

The weather is getting warmer and it’s time to start thinking about good picnic salads. For this recipe, I took a traditional pea salad and added whole grain sorghum – and bacon, of course! I also added tomatoes to make it more colorful. This was so good I could have eaten it for the whole meal! I hope you enjoy it, too.

Cooking whole grain sorghum:

  • 1 cup dry whole grain sorghum
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup vegetable broth

Soak whole grain sorghum in water for 3-4 hours. Drain and rinse.

Uncooked whole grain sorghum covered with water in a metal bowl.

I soaked the sorghum grains for about 4 hours so they would cook faster and be more tender.

Place soaked sorghum, water and vegetable broth in sauce pan.

8 oz package of Pacific organic vegetable stock.

I cooked the whole grain sorghum in vegetable stock to give it a richer flavor.

Bring to boil, reduce heat and simmer 45 minutes, until sorghum is tender and all liquid is absorbed.

Yields 4 cups of cooked sorghum.

Cooked whole grain sorghum in a white bowl.

Cooked sorghum ready to add to salad mixture.

Ingredients for salad:

  • 2 cups cooked whole grain sorghum
  • 1 10-oz package frozen sweet green peas
  • 6 slices bacon, fried and crumbled into bits
  • 1/2 cup celery, chopped
  • 1/2 cup onion, chopped
  • 4 hard boiled eggs, chopped
  • 1 cup sharp cheddar cheese, cubed
  • 2 cups grape tomatoes, each cut in half
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder

Instructions:

Soak and cook whole grain sorghum according to directions above. While sorghum is cooking, fry the bacon, cook peas and boil the eggs.

Package of frozen Cascadian Farm organic sweet peas.

The frozen peas are cooked and set aside to cool.

Cooked bacon and chopped up hard boiled eggs on a cutting board with cup of mayonnaise sitting behind.

Bacon and chopped up hard boiled eggs.

Set everything aside to cool and cut up vegetables and cheese.

Chopped onion and celery in a metal bowl.

Chopped onion and celery

Plastic measuring cup containing cubed cheddar cheese.

I like sharp cheddar cheese, but you can use any cheese that you like.

Two-cup glass measuring cup filled to brim with grape tomato halves.

Grape tomatoes sliced in half.

Chop up cooled eggs into bite-sized bits. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl.

Cooked peas added to whole grain sorghum in a white mixing bowl.

Cooked peas added to whole grain sorghum.

Pea salad mixture with tomatoes added.

All ingredients combined, except mayonnaise.

Front of jar of Hellmann's mayonnaise.

This mayo has always been gluten-free and is great in pea salad.

Finished pea salad with mayonnaise added.

Finished salad with mayonnaise added.

Cover and place in refrigerator for at least 1 hour. Serve cold. Makes 6-8 servings.

 

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Whole grain sorghum butternut squash risotto with chicken on a plate.

Whole Grain Sorghum and Butternut Squash Risotto with Chicken

Here is a tasty dish using whole grain sorghum in place of rice for risotto. I added chicken breast pieces to this recipe to make it more like a casserole/all-in-one dish. I found that my cooking time for the sorghum was longer than the original recipe, possibly because I live at a higher altitude and things like rice and beans take longer to cook here.

I didn’t have any vanilla beans or paste, so I used vanilla extract. I’m sure it would be even better with real vanilla.

Butternut squash has a very tough skin and is difficult to peal and cut up, so be sure your knife is sharp and you are very careful. Here some good instructions if you have never done it.

Ingredients:

  • 2 large boneless chicken breasts (optional)
  • 2 Tbls olive oil (for cooking chicken, if using)
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 1 lg. vanilla bean or 1 Tbls vanilla paste (I used 1 tsp vanilla extract)
  • 3 cups peeled and cubed butternut squash (about 1 medium squash)
  • 2 Tbls butter, plus 1 Tbls
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1 1/2 cups uncooked pearled sorghum
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • Pepper, to taste

Instructions:

Cut chicken breasts into bite-sized pieces. Brown chicken in olive oil until cooked through, seasoning with salt and pepper to taste. I used a little onion powder, also. Set the cooked chicken aside in a covered dish to keep it warm.

Chicken breast pieces in a frying pan with olive oil and spices.

Cook chicken breast pieces in olive oil until just done with a little salt and pepper.

In a medium saucepan, warm the broth over medium-high heat. Cut vanilla bean in half lengthwise; scrape out seeds and add them, and the bean to broth. (or use vanilla paste.)

Metal bowl containing cubed butternut squash, with chicken broth and chopped onions behind.

Chop butternut squash and onions.

Bring to a simmer; reduce heat to low. Add squash, cover and cook until tender, about 5 minutes. Use slotted spoon to remove squash to a side dish. Turn heat on broth to very low and cover to keep warm.

Meanwhile, in a large saucepan or skillet, melt 2 T of butter over medium heat. Add onion; sauté until tender, about 3 minutes. Add the sorghum; stir to coat with butter. Add wine and simmer until almost evaporated, about 3 minutes.

Large skillet containing whole grain sorghum simmering with onions and white wine.

Wine and sorghum added to sautéed onions.

Add 1 1/2 cup of broth that was used to cook squash, cover and cook until almost completely absorbed, about 15 minutes. Continue cooking, adding 1/2 cup of broth at a time, stirring constantly, allowing broth to be absorbed before adding more, until sorghum is tender, but still firm to the bite, and creamy, about 20 minutes. (It took mine about 30 minutes to completely absorb liquid and get tender.)

Discard vanilla bean. Turn off heat; gently stir in squash, cheese and remaining butter, salt and pepper.

Large skillet containing whole grain sorghum with chicken and butternut squash pieces added.

Add squash and chicken after cooking the whole grain sorghum in the chicken broth.

Transfer to a serving dish and sprinkle with chives or additional Parmesan. Serve immediately.

Whole grain sorghum butternut squash risotto on a plate with Parmesan cheese sprinkled on top.

I added the Parmesan to the risotto on the plate.

Makes 6 servings.

Recipe Developed by Barbara Kilment, Executive Director – Nebraska Grain Sorghum Board.

 

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Sorghum pilaf on a plate with a steak

Whole Grain Sorghum Pilaf

Whole grain sorghum is an especially versatile ingredient in gluten-free cooking. It can be used in place of couscous, bulgur or pearled barley. Nutritionally, sorghum contains more protein than typical wheat substitutes such as rice. It is rich in antioxidants, which makes it a safe, delicious, and healthy choice for a gluten-free diet. You can find more information about sorghum and additional recipes in this Sorghum Handbook.

I purchased this whole grain sorghum online from Nu Life Market. The instructions for cooking the sorghum in this recipe are a little different from my previous recipes, but worked really well. Toasting the grains in olive oil before cooking gives the sorghum a nutty flavor I really like and complements the garlic and onions.

Front of Nu Life Pearled Sorghum Grain bag.

Nu Life Pearled Sorghum has Nu packaging!

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup uncooked sorghum grain
  • 2 1/2 Tbls olive oil
  • 3 to 4 cups chicken broth
  • 1 cup carrots, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup celery, sliced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 3 green onions, sliced (I used 1/2 cup chopped white onion)
  • 1/3 cup pine nuts or slivered almonds, toasted (I used almonds)
  • 1 1/2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved
  • Salt to taste
  • Dash freshly cracked pepper
Chopped carrots, celery and onion in glass measuring cups.

Chopped carrots, celery and onions.

Instructions:

Rinse sorghum kernels and drain thoroughly. In a heavy 3-quart saucepan over medium-low heat, combine sorghum and 1 Tbls olive oil. Stirring constantly, gently toast sorghum in oil for 2-3 minutes or until lightly browned. Add chicken broth. Bring to a boil and reduce heat. Cover and simmer for 45 to 50 minutes or until broth is absorbed and grain is tender. Drain excess liquid, if necessary and set aside.

Cooked whole grain sorghum in pan.

Sorghum cooked in the pan.

In a large skillet, heat 1 1/2 Tbls olive oil over med-high heat. Add carrots, celery, and garlic and sauté for 3 to 5 minutes until tender crisp.

Chopped carrots, celery and onion sautéing in a frying pan.

Sauté carrots, celery and onions in olive oil.

Add onions, nuts and tomatoes. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes or until nuts begin to toast.

Sautéed vegetables with cherry tomatoes and almond slivers added.

Add tomatoes and slivered almonds.

Add cooked sorghum and heat through. Season to taste. Transfer to casserole dish or large platter.

Sorghum pilaf in frying pan.

Whole grain sorghum added to the vegetables and cooked until heated through.

Garnish with sprigs of parsley and additional toasted nuts. Serve hot. Serves 6 (1/2 cup portions).

Recipe Developed by: Barbara Kliment, Executive DirectorNebraska Grain Sorghum Board

 

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White serving bowl containing sorghum caviar and three tortilla chips.

Sorghum Caviar

Here is another recipe from the Nebraska Grain Sorghum Board. I decided to use black-eyed peas instead of black beans to bring good luck for the new year. I also used canned green chilis, but I think it would be better with fresh jalepeños, if you can find them.

In the Southern United States, eating black-eyed peas on New Year’s Day is thought to bring prosperity in the new year. Some people say this tradition was started during the Civil War when the Union troops wouldn’t eat black-eyed peas because they were considered food for livestock. Others say eating black-eyed peas for good luck is an ancient Jewish tradition dating back to 500 CE or earlier.

No matter how you celebrate, this dish is great for holiday gatherings. I’m thinking about bringing this healthy, gluten-free snack to a Super Bowl party! This recipe makes enough for a pretty large crowd. You can eat it by itself or with tortilla chips.

Ingredients:

  • 1 yellow bell pepper, diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 2-3 jalapeño peppers, finely chopped (I used a can of Hatch green chilis)
  • 1 bunch green onions, thinly sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 cups cooked whole grain sorghum
  • 1 (15-ounce) can black beans, drain & rinse (I used 2 cans black eyed peas)
  • 1 (11-ounce) can sweet yellow corn, drain & rinse (I used about 2 cups frozen corn, thawed in microwave)
  • 6 Roma tomatoes, diced
  • 1 (16-ounce) bottle gluten-free zesty Italian dressing
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper (optional)
Sorghum caviar ingredients arranged on kitchen counter.

Sorghum Caviar ingredients.

Directions:

Cook the whole grain sorghum and cool. You can find the instructions for cooking the sorghum here.

Cooked whole grain sorghum in a glass measuring cup.

Cook the whole grain sorghum first and let it cool.

Mix all ingredients in a large bowl.

White mixing bowl containing sorghum caviar mixture.

Mix everything together and chill in the refrigerator. The whole grain sorghum will absorb the flavors.

Cover and refrigerate two hours or overnight to marinate. Serve with tortilla chips.

White mixing bowl containing sorghum caviar mixture with Italian dressing bottle beside it.

This recipe makes a big bowl of sorghum caviar.

Recipe developed by Barbara Kliment, Nebraska Grain Sorghum Board.

 

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