We’ve kicked off 2014 with our top JoyFoodly lifestyle habits that taste great, make us feel great, and are good for the environment. This week, we’re sharing our Food Habit #4: Super Grains that Rock our World. See our first, second and third habits!
Even as the smallest grain in the world, Teff surely starts my mornings with a whole lotta love. If you’re not a porridge eater, I can relate. Our Nutty-n-Sweet Teff Porridge might just change your mind forever on how amazing breakfast can be.
I’ve never liked porridge in general. Whether oatmeal or cream of wheat, they all had the same mushy and creamy texture that I could never get excited about. But that all changed when I was diagnosed with allergies to eggs and gluten. That’s when my mornings got really adventurous.
Enter the super grain that rocked my world, Teff! This mighty gluten free grain has been a staple of Ethiopian cuisine for thousands of years. It’s amazing how a grain the size of a poppy seed could be so powerful. If you’re into food stories, you’ll love these cool facts about this ancient grain I learned from the Whole Grains Council and Bob’s Red Mill:
Teff is a grain that comes from lovegrass.
Many people think its name refers to the word “lost” because it’s so small you could lose it!
Its small size makes Teff ideally suited to semi-nomadic life in Ethiopia.
It’s a hearty grain that can grow almost anywhere.
Teff leads all the grains in its calcium content.
It’s an excellent source of vitamin C.
And it’s full of protein!
When we hear our Teff grains start popping on our stove on a cold winter morning, we know our day is about to get a whole lot better!
So to get your family’s morning off to a healthy and tasty start, go for a super grain like Teff, or try one of the nine grains from Bob’s Red Mill, each with a cool story of their own from far away lands and super cool food cultures.
Tips on where to find Teff:
- 1 cup Teff
- 3 cups water
- 2 tablespoons hazelnut oil (or olive oil)
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon cloves
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- 1-2 tablespoons honey (or agave)
- Note - we just mix this up according to what’s in our pantry!
- 1 apple diced with toasted walnuts
- 2 bananas sliced with toasted pecans
- Dried cranberries with toasted unsweetened coconut
- Take 5 minutes to get out all your ingredients, measuring and cooking equipment needed, and place them on a cookie sheet within easy reach.
- Place 1 cup Teff in a pot and turn the heat on medium high. Stay close to the Teff and shake it every so often. You are warming the grain and will actually pop it slightly. This will give lots of flavor and help the grain to cook fast! Do this for 1-2 minutes.
- After you’ve warmed the Teff, pull it off the heat and add three cups of water and stir. Remember the pot is hot! When you add the water, it will make a searing sound which is why we take it off the heat and add it carefully.
- Keep the heat on medium high and bring the water and Teff up to a boil.
- While you’re doing this, add the oil, salt, clove, and cinnamon and stir to combine.
- Once the Teff is boiling, cover the pot and turn the heat to low. Set your timer for 7 minutes.
- Stir the Teff, add the honey, and you can also add the dried fruit, or apples, if you’d like them to cook slightly and warm up. Cover the pot again and cook another 3 minutes.
- This will give you ½ cup servings for four people. Let your family decorate their bowls with extra cinnamon, honey, nuts or your favorite toppings. Enjoy while hot!
- If you have any Teff left over, no need to waste it! We like to make small balls with our Teff, and roll them in coconut and drizzle honey on top for a sweet dessert. It’s so much fun!
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