26.2 and Teff Stew

by Joanne on January 19, 2014

Apple Crumbles FINALLY got the 26.2 trademark for baked goods.  I’ll be promoting healthy, energy supplying bars, cookies, bread, and muffins.  These will be foods that are easy to pack or grab & go when runners have an event.  Half marathon and marathon focused food.

26 point 2 trade mark

If you want to be a “test subject” let me know.  Smile

Boston Training, round 4

Going into week six of this year’s Boston training plan.  It hasn’t been easy since this winter has covered the roads with ice and snow.  We’ve had our share of very cold days which also challenge the body.  This coming week, it looks like at least three
days in single digits if not below zero at the time I run in the morning.  HELLO Treadmill!

Running 6 days a week. Shortest run, 6 miles.  Longest run to date, 13.1.  2  days per week speed work such as intervals and tempo runs. Other runs, easy pace, even slug sessions when the weather is super cold and the footing is challenging.

Lets EAT!

Vegetarian Teff Stew


Another great grain recipe using Teff: mild flavor, nutty, lots of calcium, protein, iron and fiber.

Teff grain

It’s a teeny-tiny grain and is well suited for stews or even a hearty breakfast grain.  I look at the nutritional power of these grains and think “Wow! Super food!  What can I make with this.  It’s going to do the body good.” 

All good intentions, right?  Sometimes it’s not the taste but the texture that we just can’t wrap our taste buds around.  No matter how good, it hasn’t got the mouth appeal.  That’s what happened with me and Teff.  As a dinner grain, I’m not a fan.  It might be a good sub for cream of rice in the morning but for dinners, I have to find some other way to use it.

Since we all have different preferences, I’ve put up this recipe.   Power to the Great Grains! On to the recipe…  *A very good source of fiber.  In fact, your GI system might be hyper sensitive to it.

Serves 6

  • 2 TBS olive oil
  • 1/2 sweet yellow onion, chopped
  • 6 celery ribs, chopped
  • 1 green bell pepper, chopped
  • 2 tsp minced garlic
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp allspice
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • pinch of red pepper
  • 1 cup Teff
  • 2 TBS tomato paste
  • 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes cut in half
  • 1 medium zucchini, sliced
  • 3 1/2 to 4 cups vegetable broth
  • 15 oz can cannellini beans (or other favorite bean)
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
  • salt and pepper to taste

Heat the oil in a large high sided pan over medium heat. Add the onions, celery, green pepper and allow to cook for 5 minutes. Add the garlic and spices right down to the red pepper. Reduce heat to low and cook for 1 minute.

Add teff, stir around and cook while stirring for 2 minutes. Add the tomato paste, cherry tomatoes, and broth. Bring to a boil, cover, reduce heat to simmer and cook for 15 minutes.

Add the zucchini and beans and cook for 10 minutes. Add lemon juice and cilantro. Cook for 3 minutes more, taste for salt and pepper and ENJOY!


What food/ingredient do you know is good for you but you just can’t appreciate it like you want to?

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  • At 2014.01.19 18:30, lindsay said:

    WOW! Congrats! That’s very exciting news. If you’re doing anything nut & soy free I’m happy to be a test subject 🙂 Hope all goes well!

    • At 2014.01.20 08:00, misszippy1 said:

      Congrats–awesome news for you and well deserved. I like the sounds of that recipe, too. Will add it to my list this week provided I can find the grain somewhere!

      • At 2014.01.20 08:41, Tina@GottaRunNow said:

        If being a test subject involves eating apple-filled baked goods, count me in!

        • At 2014.01.20 09:05, Ali @ Peaches and Football said:

          What is the 26.2 certification for baked goods? Is that just for recipes that you’ll be making and trademarking yourself… and you can submit all your recipes under that trademark or something?

          Great job on the Boston training! I can’t imagine trying to do any kind of outdoor walking or running around here. The sidewalks, streets, and shoulders are all kind of trecherous-looking. Plus, it’s freezing outside!! I suppose the running keeps you warm a bit though.

          • At 2014.01.20 10:33, Heather said:

            What a fun adventure – congrats!!!!!!!!!! I’m excited to hear more about it!
            Ugh, I really want to like asparagus but I just don’t. I try time and time again.

            • At 2014.01.27 09:08, Pam said:

              Congratulations Joanne!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
              Wow awesome news 🙂 I’d love to test some recipes!!
              I tried the teff you gave me and cooked it for breakfast with some apples and cinnamon, it came out yummy and filling. I like the idea of adding it to soup, gotta try that soon.

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