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Mushroom Millet Soup

March 19, 2017

Try out a new grain with this Mushroom Millet Soup. With gluten-free millet and creamy mushrooms, this vegetarian soup makes for a complete meal or a hearty appetizer for your next dinner!

Try out a new grain with this Mushroom Millet Soup. With gluten-free millet and creamy mushrooms, this vegetarian soup makes for a complete meal or a hearty appetizer for your next dinner!This week I spontaneously decided to host an Instagram Live. I’ve done Facebook Live before but never Instagram, and truly had no idea what to expect. I just knew I had this deep, burning passion inside of me and needed to let it out.

This is the problem with providing a megaphone (aka social media) to deeply passionate people…

I wanted to talk about meal prepping. Because just what we need, another meal prep video.

Exactly my thoughts!

Try out a new grain with this Mushroom Millet Soup. With gluten-free millet and creamy mushrooms, this vegetarian soup makes for a complete meal or a hearty appetizer for your next dinner!I feel like everywhere we look these days, someone is posting about, filming on or talking about meal prep. While, I certainly have nothing against meal prep, and if it works for you, by all means do it, I don’t think it’s the be-all and end-all of health.

When I first started this blog I was a big fan of meal prepping. But what you didn’t see behind-the-scenes was a girl who was exhausted, alienating herself from friends and leading an overly rigid lifestyle.

As it turned out, meal prep was not healthy for me.

I basically wrote off Sundays to spend the whole day cooking and then couldn’t make spontaneous plans throughout the week because all my food was always prepared. Sure, it saved me some time when it came to whipping up a healthy dinner, but eating the same dinner 3 nights in a row was not fun at all.

Try out a new grain with this Mushroom Millet Soup. With gluten-free millet and creamy mushrooms, this vegetarian soup makes for a complete meal or a hearty appetizer for your next dinner!

I ended up sacrificing other things that are super important to me, all in the name of health. And what I was hoping with my Instagram Live was to speak to that girl, the rigid, overwhelmed 23 year old who thought pre-chopping her veggies was part of a healthy lifestyle, and tell her that it’s okay to NOT meal prep. That like most things in life, it works for some people and doesn’t work for others.

So perhaps this Mushroom Millet Soup will make your meal plan this week. Or maybe it’s a spontaneous Tuesday night dinner. By all means, you do you. But never feel guilty or pressured to do anything. And especially not in the name of health!

If you guys caught my Instagram Live, thanks for tuning in, and definitely follow me (if you aren’t already) as I feel like I’ll be popping in more often now that I figured out how to do it…kind of. Enjoy!

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Mushroom Millet Soup

PREP TIME 10 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Total Time 50 mins

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp butter (or olive oil)
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 celery stalks, chopped
  • 6 cups sliced mushrooms (I used cremini and button)
  • 1 cup millet*
  • 8 cups vegetable stock
  • 1 1/2 tsp dried thyme
  • 1 tsp dried parsley
  • salt and pepper, to taste

Instructions

  1. Add butter or oil to a large stock pot over medium heat.
  2. Add in onion and saute for 3-5 mins or until translucent.
  3. Add in garlic and celery and cook for 1 more minute.
  4. Add in mushrooms and saute for 1 minute.
  5. Place top onto pot and keep covered for 5 mins. Check on mushrooms to make ensure they begin sweating (they should release most of their liquid).
  6. Cook for another 5 mins.
  7. Add in millet, stock, herbs and salt and pepper and bring to a boil.
  8. Then cover with lid and reduce heat to low and simmer for 40 mins.
  9. Soup will thicken up.
  10. Top with fresh parsley or herbs of choice.
  11. Serve warm.

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Notes

*Millet is a gluten-free grain similar to quinoa. You can replace it with quinoa if you would prefer but here's my PSA to encourage you to try new things like this delicious grain!

Try out a new grain with this Mushroom Millet Soup. With gluten-free millet and creamy mushrooms, this vegetarian soup makes for a complete meal or a hearty appetizer for your next dinner!

Do you meal prep? Would love to hear your thoughts on this!

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  • Reply
    Carrie this fit chick
    March 19, 2017 at 9:28 am

    Oh, this is SO comforting!!! I’m a little obsessed with the mug/cup you used for the soup!
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    Casey the College Celiac
    March 19, 2017 at 1:37 pm

    LOVE how thick this soup is! I’m def going to try this out ASAP as soon as I get my hand on some mushrooms…and millet is divine.
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    Kelly @ Eat the Gains
    March 19, 2017 at 6:12 pm

    I have mixed feelings on meal prep. While I love it for some aspects – something easy when I don’t feel like cooking and stuff for my bf to eat so he doesn’t eat chips all the time – I don’t do it that much. The most we usually do is put chicken in the crockpot and roast potatoes. I like having diff meals each night to change it up. I also make healthy meals for people as a living and prepping 60 meals in one day for others makes a girl tired and not wanting to make herself anything haha.
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    Angela Simpson
    March 20, 2017 at 10:29 am

    This looks so good Davida! And the post topic comes at a coincidental time because I just posted about meal prep today. I totally see where you’re coming from with needed to bust out of the rigidity and have found myself in a similar predicament in the past. It’s not a fun spot and I’d hate to feel like I was doing something wrong if it wasn’t part of my routine, so I think the message you shared was an awesome one!

    I’ve found my experience more recently to be a bit different though, and I think it’s because my approach has changed. Instead of prepping every single meal (which I may do if I know it’s going to be a super busy week), I look at meal prep as a time to take care of the tasks I really don’t feel like doing during the week when I get home from work – things like roasting sweet potatoes, washing + chopping veggies, cooking my grass-fed meats etc. It’s so much nicer to have them ready to go when I need them, and having a plan (albeit a looser one than my previous meal prep days) has actually been quite liberating and frees me up to do a whole bunch of other stuff I want to get done in the day.
    Angela Simpson recently posted…5 tips to help you meal prep like a boss

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      Davida @ The Healthy Maven
      March 20, 2017 at 2:34 pm

      Hey girl!! Thanks so much for your perspective. That’s 100% what health is all about. Finding what works for you! I have nothing against meal prep. I think people can enjoy or at least find joy in the experience, I’m just not one of those people 😉 I’m the type of person who rebels when I have to do something. So I could pre-chop a veggie and then not eat it because “I have to” or I feel guilty because I don’t want to eat it. A super negative thought pattern for me. I’m thrilled when it works for people and glad there are resources out there for them. I just wanted to remind people that this isn’t the only way to do it 🙂

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    Marc
    March 20, 2017 at 3:03 pm

    Looks awesome. Thick and savory. Thank you for sharing!
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    Caitlin
    March 20, 2017 at 4:56 pm

    I agree that meal prepping can be unhealthy. I don’t meal prep every meal to allow for spontaneous dinners, or planned dinners with friends. I like meal prepping freezer friendly food, so I can always have something ready if I get home late from work.

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    andyjohson
    March 21, 2017 at 4:54 am

    Look delicious and healthy. For a few months my grandpa’s health not good and mushroom are favorite to my grandpa last night I made it and he really like it’s taste. Thanks for providing this healthy recipe.

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