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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Maizy said I will get fat if I eat too many treats. Fat sounds like a LOT of FUN to me!

 

 

 

 

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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I think spring is coming – the frisbies are in bloom!

 

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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Whole grain sorghu with peas after cheese has been added, ready to eat.

Italian Whole Grain Sorghum with Peas

This recipe using whole grain sorghum will make a great side dish for Thanksgiving dinner or a good accompaniment for the leftovers. The chicken broth really gives the sorghum a rich flavor.

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup uncooked whole grain sorghum
  • 2 cups chicken broth plus 1/4 cup water
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 1 cup chopped fresh kale
  • 1 cup shredded Italian cheese blend

Directions:

Soak whole grain sorghum in water for about 2 hours. This helps the sorghum cook to a softer texture. Skip this step if you like it with a crunchier texture. Drain and rinse sorghum grains.

Whole grain sorghum in strainer.

I like to soak the sorghum grains for an hour or two before cooking.

Combine sorghum, chicken broth and water in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for about 30 minutes.

Two 8-oz. packages of Pacific low sodium chicken broth.

I like to use this low-sodium chicken broth.

Stir in onion, garlic, thyme, pepper, peas and kale. Cover and continue cooking for another 15-25 minutes, stirring occasionally, until all liquid is absorbed and sorghum is tender.

Chopped onions and a kale leave on a cutting board.

Chopped onions and kale.

Whole grain sorghum cooking in a pan on the stove with vegetables and spices added.

After adding the peas, kale, onion and spices, continue cooking until all the liquid is absorbed.

Stir in cheese and serve. Sprinkle a little more of the cheese on top of each serving.

Whole grain sorghu with peas after cheese has been added, ready to eat.

Makes 6 servings.

 

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Plate with whole grain sorghum and chicken casserole on it.

Chicken, Mushroom and Whole Grain Sorghum Casserole

Here is another recipe using whole grain sorghum. I made up the recipe loosely based on the classic chicken, mushroom soup and rice casserole my mom used to make when I was a kid.

Bag of Wondergrain whole grain sorghum - orange at the top with a heart-shaped "window" where you can see the sorghum grains inside the bag.

I used Wondergrain brand whole grain sorghum.

I used Wonder Grain’s whole grain sorghum and it turned out pretty darned good! Whole grain sorghum is high in fiber, which is important for people with celiac disease. It is often difficult for those on a gluten-free diet to get enough fiber. Here’s what one USDA report has to say about fiber:

“Dietary fiber is the non-digestible form of carbohydrates and lignin. Dietary fiber that naturally occurs in food helps provide a feeling of fullness, is important in promoting healthy laxation and may reduce the risk of cardiovacular disease, obesity, and type 2 diabetes. For many, the minimum recommended amount of whole grains is 3 ounce-equivilents per day. Children and adults should consume foods naturally hign in dietary fiber in order to increase nutrient density, promote healthy lipid profiles and glucose tolerance, and ensure normal gastrointestinal function.”

Whole grain sorghum can be used to provide these important nutritional components.

Have fun experimenting with your own versions of whole grain sorghum casseroles!

Ingredients:

  • 1½ lbs. chicken breasts or tenders
  • 1 cup uncooked whole grain sorghum
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 can cream of mushroom soup (Health Valley brand is gluten-free)
  • 8-10 medium-sized fresh mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 small bell pepper, cut into 1/4-inch wide slices
  • salt and pepper

Directions:

Bring 4 cups of water to boil. Add whole grain sorghum and cook on medium heat until water is mostly absorbed – about one hour.

Cooked whole grain sorghum in pan.

Whole grain sorghum cooked in the pan.

Place cooked sorghum into casserole dish.

Add mushroom soup, onion, bell pepper and mix into sorghum.

Lay chicken breasts or tenders on top of sorghum. Top with sliced mushrooms.

Sprinkle salt and pepper to taste.

Cook for 1 hour at 350 degrees F.

Plate with whole grain sorghum and chicken casserole on it.

Whole grain sorghum resembles rice when cooked in a casserole.

 

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Cooked chicken and whole grain sorghum are good for dogs, too! At least, it sure does SMELL GOOD!

 

 

Ceramic bowl filled with beef and sorghum stew.

Slow Cooker Beef and Sorghum Stew

When I was a child my mother used to make this wonderful beef and barley stew. I can’t eat barley now, because it contains gluten, but I thought I would try this stew with whole grain sorghum instead. Fall is coming soon and this recipe makes a good, hearty meal that will stick with you through those chilly evening football games.

This stew will cook more quickly on the stove, if you don’t want to use a slow cooker. Feel free to change up the seasoning to suit your taste. I used some basil that I grew in my garden last year and dried. I also put in some fresh thyme I have growing in my garden this year and it was really good. I love using fresh herbs in soups whenever I can.

Whole grain sorghum has a slightly courser texture than barley. It also will tend to fall apart when you cook it a long time. I liked that, because it thickened the stew a little bit. If you’re cooking this on the stove at a higher temperature, the sorghum takes about 1 to 1.5 hours to cook to a soft texture.

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 pounds boneless lean beef, cubed
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 32-ounce package beef broth
  • 2 14.5-ounce cans stewed tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 4 small to medium-sized potatoes, cubed
  • 4 stalks celery, chopped
  • 6 carrots, chopped
  • 1 medium yellow onion, chopped
  • 3/4 cup whole grain sorghum, rinsed
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme, chopped

Directions:

I let the whole grain sorghum soak in a cup full of water while I prepared the rest of the ingredients.

 

Whole grain sorghum in a strainer after rinsing.

I soaked the sorghum in water while preparing other vegetables and then rinsed it before adding it to the stew.

Cut beef into bite-sized chunks and sauté in the olive oil with the minced garlic and pepper for 5 minutes, or until browned. Place seasoned meat in your slow cooker.

Beef and minced garlic browning in skillet with a little olive oil.

Beef and minced garlic browning in skillet with a little olive oil.

Add chopped vegetables, beef broth, tomatoes, and basil.

Close up of Food Club Stewed Tomates can.

Here are the canned tomatoes I used in the stew.

Close up of a 32 ounce box of Pacific Organic Beef Broth.

This is the brand of beef broth I like to use because it doesn’t taste as salty as some others.

Browned beef and cut up vegetables in the slow cooker.

Browned beef and cut up vegetables added to the slow cooker

Drain sorghum in a strainer and rinse. Add sorghum to stew.

Beef, vegetables, broth and whole grain sorghum in the slow cooker.

Beef, vegetables, broth and whole grain sorghum added to the slow cooker.

Cover and cook on low setting for 6 hours, then on high for 1 hour, or until the vegetables and sorghum are tender.

Add the thyme just before serving.

Sprigs of fresh thyme on a wooden cutting board partially chopped.

I used chopped, fresh thyme from my garden.

Serve warm with gluten-free breadsticks or cheese biscuits.

 

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Milo says….

Beef stew is the BEST SMELL in the whole world! I watched Maizy cooking it ALL DAY and FINALLY she put a little taste in my bowl. I LOVE having dinner with Maizy!

Finished sorghum salad with lime dressing on a plate ready to eat.

Whole Grain Sorghum Salad with Mango, Black Beans and Avocado

Here is another recipe using whole grain sorghum. I found a new company called Wondergrain that sells whole grain sorghum online, so I decided to give them a try. Their prices seemed very reasonable. I used the pearled sorghum for this recipe, but you could you either one. The whole grain sorghum still has the bran on the outside and is a little chewier. The pearled sorghum is lighter and fluffier, more like white rice.

Two bags of Wondergrain whole grain sorghum.

This is a new brand of whole grain sorghum I’m trying.

I have swiss chard (which I LOVE) growing in my garden, so I used that instead of the cilantro called for in the original recipe.

Fresh picked swiss chard leaves laying on a kitchen towel.

I used swiss chard from my garden instead of cilantro.

The lime juice and the mango in this salad make it very sweet, refreshing and light. You could eat this salad as a meal by itself or as a side dish.

Salad ingredients on counter before chopping them up - garlic, olive oil, bag of sorghum, mango, cucumber, tomatoes, lime, onion, avacado.

Ingredients for this salad, except for the swiss chard and the beans.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups cooked whole grain sorghum (about 3/4 cup dry)
  • 1 mango, diced
  • 1 cup of canned organic black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 cucumber, quartered the long way, then sliced
  • 1 cup organic cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/2 cup chopped white onion
  • 1/4 cup fresh swiss chard, chopped
  • 1 avocado, diced

Dressing:

  • juice from 1 lime
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • zest from 1/2 lime
  • salt and pepper, to taste

Instructions:

Bag of Wondergrain whole grain sorghum next to glass measuring cup holding sorghum grains.

I used about 3/4 cup of dry sorghum, which turned out to be about 1/2 cup too much after cooking.

Soak whole grain sorghum 2-3 hours, then cook in 2 cups of water until soft and all water is absorbed – about one hour. After it is cooked, fluff the sorghum grains with a fork and set aside to cool.

While the sorghum grains are cooling, mix the dressing in a small bowl and whisk well to combine. Mix together all of the fruit and vegetables in a large bowl.

All vegetables and fruit chopped up and mixed together in a white bowl

All vegetables and fruit chopped up and mixed together.

Once the whole grain sorghum is cooled, combine with other ingredients in large bowl. Pour the dressing over top the salad, and stir gently to evenly coat. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Sorghum salad with all ingredients mixed together in a white bowl.

Here it is after adding the cooked sorghum and the dressing.

Chill in the refrigerator for 15 minutes or more so the sorghum grains can absorb the dressing a little bit.

Adapted from Tasty Yummies – Sprouted Quinoa Salad with Mango, Black Beans and Avocado

Since I had about 1/2 cup of cooked sorghum left over I decided to try it for breakfast. I warmed it up in the microwave and then added a teaspoon of honey, a few shakes of cinnamon and some raisins and walnuts. It was really good – and filling!

Warmed up leftover sorghum in a bowl with cinnamon, honey, raisins and walnuts.

Warmed up leftover sorghum for breakfast with cinnamon, honey, raisins and walnuts.

 

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I went for a RIDE in the car with Maizy and it was SO FUN! She made the window go down and I put my head out and SNIFFED everything. The wind blew all the GOOD SMELLS right into my nose!