Sneaky Way to Make Kids (and me) Eat Liver

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When it comes to healthy foods, liver is a powerhouse! Do you cringe at the thought of eating nutrient-dense organ meats? I, personally, can’t stand the sight or smell of the stuff (I’m worse than a kid), but I’ve figured out a way to make it a regular part of my families diet. If you’re looking for a sneaky way to make your kids eat liver, you’ve come to the right place.

Why organ meats rock

Organ meats are the most concentrated source of nutrients. Vitamins, minerals, healthy fats, and essential amino acids abound! Organ meats are some of the best fuel sources you can put in your body

Liver had loads of B vitamins and is the highest source of the important Vitamin B12 (fyi: B12 is only absorbed well by the body from animal products). Copper, riboflavin, vitamin A, vitamin D, zinc, iron, and selenium are all plentiful vitamin and minerals found in liver. If you want to amp up the nutrient value a bit more, be sure to get organ meats from grass-fed animals.

How I sneak liver into our meals

Because organ meats aren’t very popular, those of us who do want to use them in our cooking can acquire them very cheaply.

I haven’t gotten very creative with my liver exploits. No liver pate or exotic recipes highlighting liver in this house. I have, however, become quite the master of hiding liver in our food. I don’t know about your family, but we eat a lot of ground beef. I use it for burgers, and taco salads, chili, meatballs, meatloaf, and many other recipes. The easiest way I’ve found to hide liver, is in meals utilizing ground beef.

  1. We purchase 1/2 a grass-fed cow and 1/2 a pastured pig at a time. I always request the organ meats at this time. But, you can purchase your liver at a grocery store or meat market.
  2. The meat comes to me vacuum packed and frozen. When I’m ready to prepare my liver (and/or other organ meats) I start by taking them out of the freezer and letting them thaw.
  3. Then I stick them in the food processor and whiz the meat around until it’s a big mushy mess (it looks pretty disgusting, but don’t fret you won’t even be able to tell it’s in your food). Sneak Liver Into Your Kids food: Grind Liver
  4. I then divide the mashed up liver into ice cube trays and freeze. make-kids-eat-liver
  5. After they are frozen I pop the liver-cubes (mmm…num num) out and put them in a zip lock bag.

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    Liver Cubes – Yummy!

  6. For every pound of ground beef I get out of the freezer, I also get 1-2 liver cubes out for use in the recipe. The kids can’t even taste it.

Go! Make liver cubes. Mmm…enjoy livery deliciousness at least twice a week!

What foods do you like to hide in your kids meals?

Comments

  1. Ok, I am going to try this. I was never a fan of liver growing up.

    • Trisha Gilkerson says:

      Liver grosses me out, it grosses me out to even prepare it. But, I can’t detect the liver in our meat. I make sure it’s ground up well and throughly mixed in. I started out only putting it in ground beef recipes that were highly spiced, but now add it to anything with ground beef. Good luck :)

      • have you ever thought of asking the butcher to put the liver in with the meat that gets turned into ground beef? Do you think they’d do that? we’re about due for another 1/2 cow in a few months I think I’ll ask :)

        • Trisha Gilkerson says:

          I hadn’t, but that’s a brilliant idea! If you do this, you need to report back and let me know how it turned out :). We just purchased 1/2 cow a couple weeks ago. I can’t imagine you’d be able to taste the liver divided up through all of that ground beef though.

  2. Popping in from the Mosaic Reviews team and I have to say, it looks SO gross, but I’m going to have to try it out.

    • Trisha Gilkerson says:

      Yeah, it really does look gross doesn’t it!? But, I’m able to get it in our diets this way undetected, and that’s what counts :)

  3. Great way to sneak it in and save extra organ meat for future use. I agree I can’t stomach to eat it either, so I’d need a way to sneak it in even for myself.

  4. Feeling a little ill now. Maybe I can buy my liver cubes from you.

    • Trisha Gilkerson says:

      I would give you some liver cubes if you’d like to try using them since you are both my dear friend and also have done me countless nice things for me (business cards…blog banner…etc).

  5. That is a great way to sneak them in! Thanks for sharing this on Tuesday Greens!

  6. Very sneaky!! I actually like eating liver and so does my husband {but he only likes it when it’s hot; he does not like reheating it}. I’ll definitely give this a try. Thanks Trisha.

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