Teff is a grass seed native to Ethiopia that's high in fiber, calcium and protein. Enjoy its mild, nutty flavor in this recipe with garlic shrimp, sautéed spinach and toasted pine nuts.

Diabetic Living Magazine
Source: Diabetic Living Magazine


Recipe Summary

15 mins
40 mins


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  • In a large saucepan, bring the water to boiling. Whisk in teff. Reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered, about 25 minutes or until thickened, stirring frequently to prevent sticking.

  • Remove from heat. Stir in Parmesan cheese, butter, 2 cloves garlic, Italian seasoning and black pepper. Set aside.

  • Meanwhile, for shrimp-spinach topper, thaw shrimp, if frozen. Rinse shrimp; pat dry with paper towels. Place shrimp in a large resealable plastic bag. Add lemon juice, oil, the 4 cloves garlic, the parsley, thyme and crushed red pepper. Seal bag; turn to coat shrimp. Let stand at room temperature for 5 to 10 minutes.

  • In a very large skillet, cook shrimp with marinade over medium-high heat about 3 minutes or until shrimp are opaque. Add spinach; cook and stir for 1 minute more.

  • Divide teff mixture among six dinner plates. Top with shrimp mixture and pine nuts.


Tip: To toast pine nuts, spread in a shallow baking pan lined with parchment paper. Bake in a 350 degrees F oven for 5 to 7 minutes or until golden, shaking pan once or twice.

Nutrition Facts

287 calories; protein 20.7g; carbohydrates 28.1g; dietary fiber 3.3g; sugars 0.8g; fat 11g; saturated fat 2.7g; cholesterol 125.1mg; vitamin a iu 1794.2IU; vitamin c 9.7mg; folate 19.7mcg; calcium 160.6mg; iron 4.5mg; magnesium 100.4mg; potassium 325.9mg; sodium 579.5mg.