Liver is nature’s multi-vitamin! But, let’s be honest. It doesn’t taste the best on it’s own. Sometimes we make the mistake of thinking babies don’t need as much of certain nutrients because they are smaller, but kids need nutrient density EVEN MORE than adults because they are growing so much.
I found in this homemade baby food recipe that mixing liver with grass-fed beef and sweet root vegetables masked the flavor of the liver enough that my son loved this baby food puree! Making your own baby food allows you to provide truly nutritious solid foods.
Liver provides high amounts of :
- B vitamins
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin A
Vitamin A is essential for proper growth and development, protein assimilation, calcium assimilation, endocrine system function, immune function, and proper emotional development.
Even with the many benefits of Vitamin A, the medical community has concerns regarding Vitamin A toxicity. However, when Vitamin A is present along with Vitamin D, they can work together, and toxicity is prevented. Therefore, grass-fed butter plays an important role in this recipe. It not only provides Vitamin D but also cholesterol and saturated fat for brain development. Vitamin D aids supports strong bones, muscle development, reproductive function, proper growth, immune function, insulin production, and nervous system function. Grass-fed butter also provides Vitamin K2 that transports calcium into the bones properly.
- 3/4 lb grass-fed beef (whatever cut works for you, I like ground beef)
- 1/4 lb grass-fed liver (either chicken or beef)
- 1 lb carrots
- 4 TBSP grass-fed butter
- Full-fat coconut milk for blending
Note: Try and get your ingredients from all natural, organic sources if possible.
1. In boiling water, cook or steam carrots for 10 minutes.
2. For grass-fed ground beef, cook meat in a pan with grass-fed butter until the meat is no longer pink. If you can, let the meat come to room temperature before cooking to prevent it from becoming tough.
3. In the pan, also cook the liver on medium heat for 3 minutes per side with grass-fed butter.
Note: Liver contains high concentrations of Vitamin A. So, when cooking with it, you should pair it with a fat that contains Vitamin D, like butter or lard, to maintain the balance of Vitamin A and D.
4. Cut the liver into chunks that will blend well.
5. Add the carrots, beef, fat, and liver to the blender.
6. Blend for 30 seconds, and then, add coconut milk in 1/4 cup increments until it is blended smoothly.
7. Spoon about a 1/2 cup or 4 oz of the food into a breastmilk bag. Flatten the bag, label with the date and description, and freeze.