Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Me and Leo had Teff for Breakfast.

Teff is a small high protein grain that is a stable food in Africa. It's great as a breakfast cereal as it compliments sweet flavors well. I have also used teff flour in baked goods but have yet to try it in a grain salad or stir fry. I ate it with maple syrup, goat milk, strawberries, and my first nectarine of the season! Leo is my 12 month old son. I often share breakfast with him because that leaves me one less meal to cook and less dishes to wash. Plus it's becoming a good habit. He seems to eat more breakfast than any other meal of the day. I'm introducing foods slowly to him in order to give his digestive health a good start and help prevent food allergies. Lots of simple foods right now! And teff is a great simple food that gives us a break from the daily oatmeal breakfast. Teff is a gluten free grain by the way. Teff is also the smallest grain in the world! Here is some additional health info on Teff:

"Because the grains of teff are so small, the bulk of the grain consists of the bran and germ. This makes teff nutrient dense as the bran and germ are the most nutritious parts of any grain. This grain has a very high calcium content, and contains high levels of phosphorous, iron, copper, aluminum, barium, and thiamin. It is considered to have an excellent amino acid composition, with lysine levels higher than wheat or barley. Teff is high in protein, carbohydrates, and fiber. It contains no gluten so it is appropriate for those with gluten intolerance." From http://chetday.com/teff.html


Boil 1 1/2 cups of water

Add 1/2 cup teff

turn to low. Stir once and awhile, but especially towards the end of cooking so it doesn't all stick to the bottom, because it will! It takes 15 to 20 minutes to cook. Top with your fav cereal toppings. It's great with maple syrup!

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