Recipe Friday: Teff

A quick Internet search on teff leads to a debate as to whether teff is a grain or a seed. Most sites call it a grain, but it is truly a SEED. It cooks like a grain, though, and it, or its flour, can make good breads, flatbreads, cookies, and porridge.

Teff is wholly gluten-free and is safe for celiacs.

According to Wikipedia: “Eragrostis tef, also known as teff, Williams lovegrass or annual bunch grass, is an annual grass, a species of lovegrass native to the Horn of Africa, notably what is today modern-day Ethiopia and Eritrea. It is cultivated for its edible seeds, also known as teff. Teff originated in the Horn of Africa, corresponding to what is today modern day Ethiopia and Eritrea, where it is one of the most important cereals”

Teff is high in protein and iron, and much of its fiber is a type known as resistant starch, which has been linked in studies to health benefits such as improved blood sugar.

  • Contains all of the essential amino acids and offers 7g of protein per serving
  • Good source of dietary fiber (16% daily value)
  • Excellent source of iron (20% DV)
  • Good source of calcium (10% DV)
  • A comparable glycemic index (74) to sorghum (72) and oats (71)

Teff can be purchased in whole form (tiny, tiny seeds), or as a flour.

Each of the following recipes calls for the whole-seed teff.

My favorite use for teff is as a porridge I made up:

Teff Porridge

Makes one large portion

Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup teff
  • 2/3 cup filtered water
  • Big splash of pineapple juice
  • Big glob of peanut butter
  • As many frozen dark sweet cherries as makes you happy

Instructions:

  1. Mix teff and water together in a small saucepan.
  2. Bring to a boil, then turn down heat to simmer for 15-20 minutes. Stir occasionally.
  3. Stir in pineapple juice, peanut butter, and cherries.
  4. Re heat to just bubbling.
  5. Serve hot; or, it thickens as it cools and is still delicious.

 

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies with Teff

Prep Time: 10 min
Cook Time: 10 min

Makes 15-20 cookies

(wheat-free, gluten-free, egg-free)
I found a simple peanut butter cookie recipe that called for 1 cup peanut butter, 1 cup sugar, and one egg. Pretty simple, and probably delicious; however, I can’t have cane sugar or eggs, and, I wanted CHOCOLATE!

Ingredients:

  • ¼ cup teff
  • ½ cup filtered water
  • 2/3 cup peanut butter, smooth or crunchy; use the natural kind – peanuts and salt ONLY
  • 1/2 cup sweetener
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons egg replacer, mixed with 1 tbs warm water (I use En-R-G brand)
  • 1/4 cup raw cacao or baking cocoa

Instructions:

  1. Simmer teff and water to cook for 15 minutes. Allow to cool slightly, so you can handle it.
  2. Mix teff with the rest of the ingredients. Roll into balls, and place on ungreased cookie sheet.
  3. Place sheet in a 350° preheated oven for about 10 minutes.

Note: These cookies are just as delicious without the cooked teff. Mix and bake everything else as directed.
Ethiopian Injera (a flatbread)

Ethiopian Injera* (image from the Internet)

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Teff Flour
  • 1 1/2 cups Water (warm)
  • 1/2 tsp Sea Salt

Instructions

  1. In a deep container with a lid, whisk together the water, flour, and salt. Cover and let rest in the refrigerator overnight for at least 8 hours (or up to 48 hours).
  2. To cook, heat a non-stick pan over medium heat. Use a liquid measuring cup to pour the batter into the hot pan in a thin spiral.
  3. Let cook until bubbles begin to form on the surface and the top begins to darken and dry, 3-4 minutes. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Expressing Gratitude

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I am grateful for being raised by parents who model gratefulness. I am also grateful to be married to a man who expresses his gratefulness daily.

Am I extra-special blessed, or do many of you live in such environments? I pray you encounter many in your daily life who show gratitude. It’s a huge thing. It affects your whole outlook on life.

That must be why God commands us to give thanks IN all things (1 Thessalonians 5.18 In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you) and FOR all things (Ephesians 5.20 Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ).

And it’s more than just thinking about thanks in our hearts. It’s also expressing gratefulness to those around us (because God is a God of relationships).

In my home, my husband and I tell each other regularly how grateful we are that God brought us together, that we are thankful to be married to each other. We thank each other for favors and kindnesses, large and small. We show we are grateful, and it blesses us both.

In our community, we tell people thank you for things we appreciate: the pianist at church this morning, the pastor for his message, the store clerk for her smile and courtesy, the workers at the assisted living place, doctors and nurses, and neighbors.

In prayer, we tell God how thankful we are for His many blessings. We name things we are thankful for (and there are SO MANY).

Expressing gratitude is akin to giving smiles and hugs: they bless both the giver and the receiver.

What are your Lions?

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God promises throughout His Word that we will face trials, tribulations, and sufferings. He also promises salvation, joy, and peace. How can all this co-exist in the same realm?

Daniel was thrown into a den of lions. That’s some tribulation. Yet Daniel went in with perfect peace. He had perfect trust in his Heavenly Father. If he died, it was God’s will; if he lived, it was God’s will.

We have lions prowling about us, seeking to devour us: 1 Peter 5.8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour. Satan may work with his minions, or he may use people to carry out his plans.

Do you have lions in your life? A bully? Someone wearing continually on your raw nerves? Sickness or death? Stress in the family or at work? Memories?

God to the rescue. Just look for Him, and you will find Him.

God works to bless us and guide us in many ways. He may work through His Spirit or His Word. He may work through other people.

He can also work through His angels. [Side note: I have often wondered why God created angels. I mean, He can do any work He wants, all by Himself; it’s not like He needs the help. But sometimes He sends His angels to do the work. I think there must be a glorious reason for the work of angels, something so fantastic and wonderful that I can’t even imagine it.] Hebrews 1.7, 14 And of the angels he saith, Who maketh his angels spirits, and his ministers a flame of fireAre they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation? Hebrews 13.2 Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.

When you face your lions, read Chapter 6 in the book of Daniel. God gives us human examples of faith all through the Bible. (Another great one is in 2 Kings Ch 6.) He wants us to pay attention and learn.

Daniel 6.26, 27 … men tremble and fear before the God of Daniel: for he is the living God, and stedfast for ever, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed, and his dominion shall be even unto the end. He delivereth and rescueth, and he worketh signs and wonders in heaven and in earth, who hath delivered Daniel from the power of the lions.

*image from the Internet

Recipe Friday: Chocolate Coconut Granola

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Prep Time: 20 min
Cook Time: 45 min

Yield: about 6 cups

I bought some of this at a health food store for an outrageous price. I really enjoyed what I bought, but when it ran out, I decided I would try to make my own. I was greatly pleased with the first batch – yum! Of course, I had to tweak it just a bit. I added ground flax seed, and therefore had to adjust oat and coconut levels. This recipe is very malleable – adjust it any way you want.

As far as sweeteners go, please refer to my post Recipe Friday: Treat Time! Chocolate Mug Cake, where I discuss various sweeteners.

For this Granola recipe, I do not recommend honey, as boiling destroys the nutrients. I prefer to save honey for non-cooked items, so I can reap its benefits.

Surprisingly, this makes a great cold cereal, or eat it as a granola, i.e., on top of yogurt.
Other ingredients I’ve added or thought of:

  • chia seeds
  • bone broth powder, collagen powder, powdered gelatin, powdered psyllium husk, powdered adaptogenic herbs
  • dried fruit (raisins, currants, figs, dates, etc) (after baking)

For ingredients added prior to baking, adjust amounts of other dry ingredients so that all dry ingredients (oats, coconut, flaxseed, etc) add up to 6 1/2 cups, so that you’ll have enough chocolate mixture to coat. Alternately, if your dry ingredients add up to more than 6 ½ cups, double the chocolate coating ingredients.
Ingredients added after baking can be in any amount you want.

Ingredients:

  • 3 1/2 cups old fashioned or quick oats
  • 2 cups shredded coconut (use less if finely shredded, or more if you like a lot)
  • 1 cup ground flaxseed meal (may combine with chia seed or other seeds)

Chocolate Coating:

  • 3/4 cup or less of sweetener (recommend sucanat, coconut palm sugar, stevia, date sugar, pure maple syrup, molasses, or a combination of natural organic sweeteners)
  • 1/3 cup raw cacao powder or baking cocoa
  • 1/4 cup milk (dairy or non-dairy)
  • 1/2 cup or more of butter or coconut oil or combination
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Optional ingredients (powders)

 

  • Optional dried fruits

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 300°
  2. In a large bowl, mix together oats, coconut, and flaxseed meal. Set aside.
  3. In a small saucepan, mix together sweetener and baking cocoa until lumps are out.
  4. Stir in milk and butter (or coconut oil). Stir over medium high heat until it boils.
  5. Adjust heat to simmer for 3 minutes, stirring occasionally. (This is a good time to do a taste test to see if the sweetness level works for you.)
  6. If you are adding powders such as bone broth powder, collagen, or powdered gelatin, whisk in now.
  7. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla extract.
  8. Pour chocolate mixture over oat mixture and stir until thoroughly mixed.
  9. Coat a jellyroll pan generously with coconut or olive oil. Pour chocolate oat mixture into pan and spread to edges. Bake at 300° for 20 minutes, then stir. Continue baking another 25 minutes. Total baking time: 45 minutes.
  10. Turn off the oven and leave the cereal mixture in until it cools to room temperature, stirring once or twice more.
  11. If you are adding non-baking items, such as dried fruit, stir it in now.

Store in an airtight container.

Adorn the Doctrine

Titus 2.9, 10 Exhort servants to be obedient… shewing all good fidelity; that they may adorn the doctrine of God our Saviour in all things.

The word, “adorn,” caught my attention.

I desire always to be true to God’s Word. I want to never subvert His Ways, change what He’s given, or add to or mishandle His meaning.

But I do want to adorn His Word.

The Hebrew root of the word translated adorn is to put in proper order, i.e. Decorate

1 Peter 3.4b – 5a …even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price. For after this manner in the old time the holy women also, who trusted in God, adorned themselves…

I am a servant of my Master, the King of Kings, Savior of my soul: Jesus Christ.

May I ever be obedient to His Word; may I ever seek Him, so that I know what obedience looks like; and may I ever adorn the doctrine of God our Savior in all things.

Jesus with Skin On

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Have you ever wished you could sit and talk directly with Jesus; look into His eyes, see His love, get a hug, hear His words to you personally, sit in His comfort?

Sometimes God sends us people to be Jesus with skin on. When we carry heavy burdens, when we can’t go it alone any more, God will send help. He will rescue you. He designed us this way. Don’t feel you can’t burden someone else with your cares. Really. God gives us commands, such as Galatians 6.2, “Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.” Do you get that? …and so fulfill the law of Christ! This is God’s way of providing for us. Oftentimes it is a blessing for the friend to share a friend’s burden. Don’t think you can assume you know how someone else is thinking of you. Pray about it. Humble your heart before your Lord and Savior. See who God sends.

Are YOU someone who is Jesus with skin on? Again, God calls us to bear one another’s burdens. Who has God placed on your heart to cheer / support / pray for / encourage? It is so easy to edify someone: a kind word, a pat on the shoulder, a hug, a card in the mail, a smile, a few words together, listening.

One of the most sublime comforts is to read God’s Word. Psalms is very comforting. Here are a few for solace:

Psalm 17.1b-4 Hear my cry, O God; attend unto my prayer. From the end of the earth will I cry unto thee, when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock that is higher than I. For thou hast been a shelter for me, and a strong tower from the enemy. I will abide in thy tabernacle for ever: I will trust in the covert of thy wings. Selah.

Psalm 39.12 Hear my prayer, O LORD, and give ear unto my cry; hold not thy peace at my tears: for I am a stranger with thee, and a sojourner, as all my fathers were.

Psalm 28.2 Hear the voice of my supplications, when I cry unto thee, when I lift up my hands toward thy holy oracle.

Psalm 102.1-7 {A Prayer of the afflicted, when he is overwhelmed, and poureth out his complaint before the LORD.} Hear my prayer, O LORD, and let my cry come unto thee. Hide not thy face from me in the day when I am in trouble; incline thine ear unto me: in the day when I call answer me speedily. For my days are consumed like smoke, and my bones are burned as an hearth. My heart is smitten, and withered like grass; so that I forget to eat my bread. By reason of the voice of my groaning my bones cleave to my skin. I am like a pelican of the wilderness: I am like an owl of the desert. I watch, and am as a sparrow alone upon the house top.

And don’t forget the being grateful part. Thank God for His presence with you. Thank Him for people He sends. Thank the people He sends. Gratefulness has a way of turning a hurting or scared heart into a peaceful heart.

Colossians 2.6, 7 As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding in it with thanksgiving.

1 Chronicles 16.4: And he (King David) appointed certain of the Levites to minister before the ark of the LORD, and to record, and to thank and praise the LORD God of Israel.

Psalm 50.14, 15 Offer unto God thanksgiving; and pay thy vows unto the most High: And call upon me in the day of trouble: I will deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify me.

Psalm 69.30 – 34 I will praise the name of God with a song, and will magnify him with thanksgiving. This also shall please the LORD better than an ox or bullock that hath horns and hoofs. The humble shall see this, and be glad: and your heart shall live that seek God. For the LORD heareth the poor, and despiseth not his prisoners. Let the heaven and earth praise him, the seas, and every thing that moveth therein.

Psalm 95.1 – 3 O come, let us sing unto the LORD: let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation. Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving, and make a joyful noise unto him with psalms. For the LORD is a great God, and a great King above all gods.

Psalm 100 {A Psalm of praise.} Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all ye lands. Serve the LORD with gladness: come before his presence with singing. Know ye that the LORD he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name. For the LORD is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.

Psalm 147.5 – 7 Great is our Lord, and of great power: his understanding is infinite. The LORD lifteth up the meek: he casteth the wicked down to the ground. Sing unto the LORD with thanksgiving; sing praise upon the harp unto our God

And praise Him.

Psalm 9.1, 2 I will praise thee, O LORD, with my whole heart; I will shew forth all thy marvellous works. I will be glad and rejoice in thee: I will sing praise to thy name, O thou most High.

Psalm 146: Praise ye the LORD. Praise the LORD, O my soul. While I live will I praise the LORD: I will sing praises unto my God while I have any being. Put not your trust in princes, nor in the son of man, in whom there is no help. His breath goeth forth, he returneth to his earth; in that very day his thoughts perish. Happy is he that hath the God of Jacob for his help, whose hope is in the LORD his God: Which made heaven, and earth, the sea, and all that therein is: which keepeth truth for ever: Which executeth judgment for the oppressed: which giveth food to the hungry. The LORD looseth the prisoners: The LORD openeth the eyes of the blind: the LORD raiseth them that are bowed down: the LORD loveth the righteous: The LORD preserveth the strangers; he relieveth the fatherless and widow: but the way of the wicked he turneth upside down. The LORD shall reign for ever, even thy God, O Zion, unto all generations. Praise ye the LORD.

Psalm 150: Praise ye the LORD. Praise God in his sanctuary: praise him in the firmament of his power. Praise him for his mighty acts: praise him according to his excellent greatness. Praise him with the sound of the trumpet: praise him with the psaltery and harp. Praise him with the timbrel and dance: praise him with stringed instruments and organs. Praise him upon the loud cymbals: praise him upon the high sounding cymbals. Let every thing that hath breath praise the LORD. Praise ye the LORD.

* {photo from the Internet}

When You Can’t Take it Any More, Jesus Will Take It

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I considered writing a post about casting all your cares upon Jesus because He cares for you (1 Peter 5.7), but these hymns say it so much better.

Are you carrying burdens? God didn’t design us to carry such heavy loads. He is strong, He wants you to share your burdens with Him. Sometimes that means talking in prayer. Sometimes it means sharing aloud with a friend or counselor. Take that risk. Unload, let it out.

Lyrics from verse 2 “He Hideth My Soul” (by Fanny Crosby and William James Kirkpatrick)

  • A wonderful Saviour is Jesus my Lord
    He taketh my burden a-way
    He holdeth me up and I shall not be moved
    He giveth me strength as my day

 

  • He hideth my soul in the cleft of the rock
    That shadows a dry, thirsty land
    He hideth my life in the depths of his love
    And covers me there with his hand
    And covers me there with his hand

Lyrics from “Tell it to Jesus” (by Jeremiah E. Rankin and Edmund S. Lorenz)

  • Are you weary, are you heavy hearted?
    Tell it to Jesus, tell it to Jesus.
    Are you grieving over joys departed?
    Tell it to Jesus alone.

 

  • Tell it to Jesus, tell it to Jesus,
    He is a Friend that’s well known.
    You’ve no other such a friend or brother,
    Tell it to Jesus alone.

 

  • Do the tears flow down your cheeks unbidden?
    Tell it to Jesus, tell it to Jesus.
    Have you sins that to men’s eyes are hidden?
    Tell it to Jesus alone.

 

  • Tell it to Jesus, tell it to Jesus,
    He is a Friend that’s well known.
    You’ve no other such a friend or brother,
    Tell it to Jesus alone.

 

  • Do you fear the gathering clouds of sorrow?
    Tell it to Jesus, tell it to Jesus.
    Are you anxious what shall be tomorrow?
    Tell it to Jesus alone.

 

  • Tell it to Jesus, tell it to Jesus,
    He is a Friend that’s well known.
    You’ve no other such a friend or brother,
    Tell it to Jesus alone.

 

  • Are you troubled at the thought of dying?
    Tell it to Jesus, tell it to Jesus.
    For Christ’s coming kingdom are you sighing?
    Tell it to Jesus alone.

 

  • Tell it to Jesus, tell it to Jesus,
    He is a Friend that’s well known.
    You’ve no other such a friend or brother,
    Tell it to Jesus alone.