Recipe: Teff Two Ways
Of all the topics to get our heads around when it comes to health, and learning what makes us feel good, fibre is probably the one we struggled with the most. Too little is bad for you, too much is sometimes bad for you, nobody’s really quite sure of the ‘optimum’ amount of fibre, and lets face it that’s probably because it’s different for every single person. Throw is digestive issues such as IBS or IBD and again the rules change - for some it’s about loading up, for others it’s about avoiding completely.
Over the years though we’ve all learnt a little more about what works for us, mostly through experimentation, research and learning from those around us - our naturopath, Anastasia, and great social accounts such as The Happy Tummy Co, Gutsy and The Gut Stuff. Equally, the more aware you are of your body and how food makes you feel, the more you can tailor what will make you feel better when you’re feeling a little off-balance.
And for us, one of those things is getting a high-fibre fix. A high-fibre fix which can be made quickly, won’t completely break the banks and can fit into a pretty hectic on-the-go work schedule (not demanding at all). After a little experimenting, we ended up with two recipes, a savoury and a sweet, which both make a great base for anything and everything, and always leave us feeling ‘balanced’ after a few meals. A delicious fibre-hit and a happy tummy post-feed!
SOAKED TEFF + CHIA PORRIDGE
- 1/4 cup teff grain
- 1/4 cup chia seeds
- 1/4 cup flaxseed
- 1/2 cup oats or toasted buckwheat
- 2 cups plant milk (we use almond)
- 1 tbsp honey
1. Add the dry ingredients and one cup of plant milk to a jar/tupperware and leave to soak overnight
2. When ready to eat, add the additional cup of milk and tbsp of honey and stir.
3. Serve with your choice of toppings!
- Just top this as you would any normal porridge - we used coconut yoghurt, peaches, cherries and hazelnuts and it was delicious!
- It can also be heated up. Simply add to a pan after soaking overnight and cook for 3-4 minutes.
TEFF + FLAXSEED FLATBREAD
- 1/2 cup brown rice flour
- 1/2 cup flaxseed
- 1/4 cup linseed
- 1/4 cup teff grain
- 1/4 cup coconut flour
- 1 cup lukewarm water
1. Place a non-stick pan over a medium-high heat and add 1/2 tsp coconut oil
2. Add all the dry ingredients together
3. Add the water 1/4 cup at a time and mix until it forms a paste similar in consistency to paint
4. Pour the mixture into the pan and spread with a spatula until it evenly coats the pan
5. Cook for 3-4minutes on one side, then flip and cook for 1-2 minutes on the other side
6. Remove and serve hot or cold
- This flatbread makes a great base for pretty much anything! If you want to make it more 'flexible' and similar to a wrap then just add a little more water to the mixture and spread it thinner in the pan
- Here we topped it with beetroot hummus, spring veggies and mung bean falafels but it can also be used as a plain flatbread for dunking in sauces and curries.