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Spiced Roasted Summer Vegetable Salad with Millet, Peas and Lentils

Roasted Picnic Vegetables

We’ve been blessed with a good summer this year and my how we needed it after seven months of solid rain. Along with the good weather comes the picnic season. Eating outside with simple food that hasn’t meant hours spent in the kitchen is what many of us are after – I know I am.


Clearspring Quick CookIn a timely fashion, Clearspring has come up with a range of quick cook grains and pulses to enable meals to be prepared quickly and easily. All of them are organic and certified by the Soil Association, which, as many of you know, is the certifying body I trust the most. Clearspring kindly sent me the range to try out along with a bottle of tamari and a bottle of flax seed oil. Tamari is no stranger to this household. It brings out the flavour of whatever you are cooking and the umami boost it gives turns an ordinary meal into something delicious. Unlike shoyu or other soy sauces, it is wheat free, so suitable for those with a gluten intolerance. The flax oil is also organic and cold pressed. It comes as a blend consisting of 78% flax along with walnut, sunflower, olive and pumpkin oils. I’ve long heard of the wonders of this oil, but have not tried it until now. It contains various omega fatty acids which are said to help maintain a healthy heart and reduce blood pressure. It has a robust flavour that takes a bit of getting used to but is ameliorated by the walnut and other oils. It gave a good account of itself in a morning chocolate smoothie (recipe to follow in another post) and I can see it working well as a salad dressing too.

Slow food is all very well, but sometimes, life being as it is, fast food is welcome. All of this range fits the bill on that score, cooking as they do, in only ten minutes. The nice people at Clearspring have pre-cooked them for us – very handy. So far, I have used the 5 Grains Quick Cook to accompany another version of fasulye. This contains emmer wheat, barley, long grain brown rice, kamut Khorasan wheat and wholegrain oats. It was slightly chewy, but really rather nice we thought.

So, what about this picnic I mentioned earlier? Well, I decided to liberate the Quick Cook Millet, Peas and Lentils to accompany some roasted vegetables grown on our plot. This seemed like a nice way of getting a balanced nutritious meal with complete protein, carbohydrates, fibre, vitamins and minerals. 

Roasted VegetablesTalking of healthy balanced ingredients, no meal is complete without its quota of chocolate. My trusty bottle of spiced chocolate balsamic springs into action in moments such as this. The vegetables were tossed in it along with some sesame oil, tamari and Steenbergs hawaij spice mix. Then they were roasted and finely mixed in with the cooked grains and pulses. Packed into individual containers, they were transported to the site of the picnic and consumed with gusto. CT made appreciative noises and although he’s not keen on being interviewed whilst eating, he described it tersely but sincerely as delicious.



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Spiced Roasted Summer Vegetables with Millet, Peas and Lentils

Summer vegetables tossed in spices, sesame oil, tamari and chocolate balsamic, then roasted and combined with cooked grains and pulses. Ideal picnic fare.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Author: Choclette


  • 6 carrots – scrubbed & cut into 4 cm batons
  • 2 handfuls French beans – trimmed & cut into 4 cm pieces
  • 2 courgettes – washed & cut into 4 cm batons
  • 4 cloves garlic – finely chopped
  • 1 red hot chilli – finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp sesame oil
  • 1 tbsp chocolate balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tsp tamari
  • 1 tsp hawaij spice mix
  • 10 chive leaves
  • 250 g Clearspring Quick Cook Millet , Peas & Lentils


  • Toss the vegetables, garlic and chilli in the oil, balsamic, tamari and spice, then roast in the top of the oven for 15-20 minutes at 200℃ until done.
  • Cover the grains with about double the volume of water and bring to the boil. Simmer for ten minutes and leave the lid on whilst waiting for the veg.
  • Combine the two. Allow to cool, divide into four portable containers and snip some chives over the top. Or eat immediately whilst warm.

Vegetable Palette LogoThis month’s Vegetable Palette is all about the colours yellow and orange. As carrots are the main vegetable used here, I am sending this off to Shaheen over at Allotment 2 Kitchen.

Vanesther over at Bangers & Mash has given us free rain to use what spice we like for The Spice Trail as long as the finished dish is suitable for Beach & BBQ. Well this one is suitable for both.


If you’re fast and your carrots aren’t too dirty, you can just about make this in 30 minutes, so I’m also sending this off to Sarah at Maison Cupcake for Speedy Suppers. Happily, the theme is picnics.

The addition of chives means I can send this off to Karen of Lavender and Lovage for her Cooking with Herbs event.



  1. Elizabeth

    19th August 2014 at 7:23 am

    I’m loving these Clearspring quick cook grains. You’re right, slow can be fine, but in this busy world sometimes quick is needed! Your salad looks lovely 🙂

    • Choclette

      20th August 2014 at 5:45 pm

      Thanks Elizabeth. I’ve been quite impressed by them too – “convenience food” is not normally my thing.

  2. Angie Schneider

    19th August 2014 at 8:01 am

    Your millet salad with summer roasted veggies looks wonderful.

    • Choclette

      20th August 2014 at 5:46 pm

      Thanks Angie – salad is pushing it really as the only raw ingredient is chives. But if it’s eaten cold, it count’s as a salad in my book 😉

  3. Janice Pattie

    19th August 2014 at 8:02 pm

    Those sound ideal! You are right, sometimes life is just too fast.

    • Choclette

      20th August 2014 at 5:46 pm

      And that’s where your slow cooker challenge comes in Jance 😉

  4. Deena Kakaya

    19th August 2014 at 8:52 pm

    your blog posts are always full of surprises for me and I really enjoy that. This time I realize that I need to get hold of some chocolate balsamic vinegar, which I have never tried. I also really like your use of millet. lovely lovely x

    • Choclette

      20th August 2014 at 5:47 pm

      Thanks Deena, but you don’t need to get hold of some chocolate balsamic, you just need to make some. Recipe is on my blog with a link to it in the above post. You won’t regret it!

  5. Sandra Shaffer

    20th August 2014 at 1:48 am

    Nice quality quick grains are great for busy week nights! Such a delicious looking meal. It looks filling too! Really curious to try that chocolate balsamic vinegar!

    • Choclette

      20th August 2014 at 5:48 pm

      Thanks Sandra. I use the vinegar for all sorts of things now I have it in the cupboard. it’s a great addition.

  6. Karen S Booth

    20th August 2014 at 7:45 am

    I DO love millet and especially in salads too – it’s very popular in France! I would have loved to have tried these quick cook grains as I am a big lover of all things grainy! 🙂 Karen

    • Choclette

      20th August 2014 at 5:49 pm

      Yes it’s interesting why millet is no longer popular over here Karen – it certainly used to be.

  7. Bintu @ Recipes From A Pantry

    20th August 2014 at 3:13 pm

    I really like clearspring quick cook grains – and this is a great recipe to go with those.

    • Choclette

      20th August 2014 at 5:50 pm

      Yes, we’ve been using them up rather fast Bintu!


    21st August 2014 at 8:08 pm

    Gorgeous recipe, Choclette – just perfect for the summer months when you don’t want to spend hours slaving in the kitchen. And I love the sound of the chocolate balsamic vinegar too – just got to give that a whirl! Thanks so much for linking up with this month’s Spice Trail challenge. 🙂

    • Choclette

      22nd August 2014 at 6:33 am

      Thanks Vanesther, it was very tasty. the chocolate balsamic is a great store cupboard standby.

  9. Christian Halfmann

    22nd August 2014 at 5:36 pm

    Hm … I guess I have some millet somewhere around here. So maybe it’s a good opportunity to use it together with the roasted veggies I planned to do at some point during the next few days. Thanks for the idea. Roasted vegetables are always lovely and so does sound your version, too.

    • Choclette

      24th August 2014 at 6:36 pm

      Thanks Chris – hope you enjoy your millet and roasted veg 🙂

  10. Shaheen

    24th August 2014 at 3:48 pm

    I am looking forward to making your chocolate balsamic vinegar. Thank you for participating in #VegetablePalette . I do hope your well. I don’t often comment much now, but I do come by and check out your recipes when I can.

    • Choclette

      24th August 2014 at 6:37 pm

      The chocolate balsamic is a really good store cupboard standby – well worth having. I understand the time factor involved in commenting – likewise I don’t do it nearly as much as I’d like to.

  11. Richard

    27th August 2014 at 9:05 am

    Loving all the different colours. I’ll be sure to check out your chocolate balsamic vinegar recipe, can’t wait to try new things.

    • Choclette

      28th August 2014 at 12:01 pm

      Thanks Richard. The chocolate balsamic is a great standby.

  12. Katie Bryson

    2nd September 2014 at 12:20 pm

    What a lovely healthy side dish perfect for out and about eating! Thanks for hooking up with Speedy Suppers for August, hope you can stop by in September too 🙂


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