Sting's chef Joe Sponzo shares a vegan recipe for teff

Sting and Trudy's diet
Eat like Sting and Trudy - recipe from their chef, Joe Sponzo

When Sting and Trudie Styler want nourishing, healthy and delicious meals, they turn to Joe Sponzo. Joe, the yoga-loving couple's private chef for over 15 years, says one of their favorite superfoods is teff. This tiny gluten-free grain, which is starting to pop up in health food stores across the country, is growing in popularity due to its great nutritional benefits. “Teff is hardly a slacker in the grain world,” Joe says. “It’s right up there with quinoa and millet.”

Joe gives us a teff-timonial and shares Sting and Trudie’s favorite teff breakfast recipe below or check out Joe & Trudie's LakeHouse Cookbook: 

An old favorite

“Teff has a history that dates back centuries. It’s native to Africa and Arabia and has been eaten by humans and animals for thousands of years. It first made its way to the U.S. as food for livestock.”

Super cereal

Looking for a new way to power up for your day? Try this vegan Teff Breakfast recipe Joe created for Sting and Trudie on a cold winter’s day. 

Place a half cup of teff in a medium pot with two cups water over medium heat. Add a pinch of salt and stir often. While that’s cooking, make a cashew cream to top your cereal. Add one cup of raw cashews, half cup apple juice, half cup rice or almond milk to a blender and blend until completely smooth. Place cooked teff on one side of a bowl, add your choice of fresh berries, apples or pears to the other side and top with the cashew cream.

Size doesn’t matter

“Teff is the smallest grain in the world, but has more nutrients than any other cereal grain. It’s packed with amino acids, protein, calcium and iron."

Ready to put teff to the test? Look for it at your local health food store.




Joe Sponzo

So glad I found your site. Will definitely try Joe's recipes and order his cookbook. When I was in high school in Rocky Hill, CT, I used to walk I don't know how far (it seemed like forever) to his place called Peppercorns, where I would spend all of my babysitting money on his duck ravioli and chocolate mousse. My best friend's sister worked there, too. I fell for his cooking first, and then wound up with a secret crush on him (only my best friend knew, and she used to tease me all the time about it). =-) So, he was an amazing chef even way back then.

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