There is a superfood that will give you over 100% of your
RDA for 10 nutrients, AND over 70% of your RDA for another 11 nutrients, AND
one 150g portion of this superfood is only 233 calories, AND it’s fairly cheap.
First of all, I need to set something straight. This isn’t a
new pill or shake with millions spent on marketing, and it’s not trending on
Twitter as the latest superfood (though it is indeed super). So, if you’re only
interested in what the current celebrity couple are eating then you might as
well stop reading now. Go on. See you later.
OK. If you’re still reading, great. That means you take your
health seriously. Good for you. Right, now let’s get down to it. The ingredient
I’m talking about is …. liver.
There. I said it. I know it’s not a popular choice. Some of
you may love it, but some of you (including me) may have bad memories of eating
this as a kid and now your stomach turns at the thought of it. Well, if you
take your health seriously I’d ask you to reconsider liver. The particular
liver I was talking about above that is so powerful is beef liver, cooked
either braised, stewed or simmered. See it here.
I’m a secret
Now, if you’re like me and the texture and taste of liver
isn’t something you think you can handle, don’t despair. There may still be
ways for you to eat this super nutritious ingredient.
What I did was to try and introduce liver into meals I
already cook where the taste and texture wouldn’t be so prominent.
My best effort at this was with chilli con carne. As I don’t
like the texture I decided to blend the liver into a paste, and once I had the
chilli made I stirred the liver into the sauce then let it cook for a good
while. What I found was this gave the chilli a more meaty flavour without being
too liver like. And you won’t notice the texture … I promise!
Another recipe I’ve been playing with is for chicken liver
pate. Now, I know this isn’t hiding the liver so much, but if you make the
chicken liver pate yourself you can add all sorts of flavours that will make it
much more palatable for you. Why not try it yourself? It’s actually pretty
Before I go I will add one word of caution. Some livers can be very high in vitamin A so it’s advisable to only eat it once or twice a month (you probably didn’t want to eat it every day, right?). Your body stores certain vitamins so you’ll still reap the benefit of this great ingredient eating it twice a month.
Over to you
OK. What recipes do you
think you can add some super nutritious liver to? We’d love to hear from you.
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Til next time ...
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