I may be a fan of rabbit food (hello, vegetable-forward cooking!), but this spring I am particularly excited about eating like a bird—specifically, a seed-eating bird. Sunflower seeds, millet and flax seeds can all be found in birdseed blends, but why should you let your feathered friends have all of the fun?
Here, 5 fantastic seed-focused recipes to make this spring:
Millet with Broccoli Rabe and Parmigano
Common in birdseed blends and a naturally gluten-free seed, millet plays a starring role in this creamy, risotto-like dish.
Hippie-style egg-salad sandwiches
Sunflower seeds, another bird-feeder staple, are an unexpected ingredient in this egg salad. More than eggs and mayonnaise, this version from Philadelphia restaurateur Aimee Olexy includes fresh herbs and grated carrots along with roasted sunflower seeds and sunflower sprouts. (Use F&W's own Justin Chapple's Mad Genius Tip for chopping a bunch of eggs at once.)
Quinoa may not be common in bird feeder, but it is a seed none the less. Paired with more bird-friendly millet, these muffins, inspired by Philadelphia's Metropolitan Bakery, are fragrant and tender with a slight crunch from the millet.
Sunflower Seed Brittle
This sweet, salty, crunchy brittle is chockful of sunflower seeds. Delicious alongside a sharp cheddar, it would be great finely chopped and sprinkled over ice cream, too.
Baked flax seed granola
If you leave this granola on the porch, the birds might never give it back! Flax seeds, millet and pumpkin seeds offer great flavor and fantastic crunch to this unbeatable homemade treat.