Ounce for ounce, liver is the most nutrient dense food in the world. It’s the ultimate preconception/prenatal food to help build up those nutrient stores and it’s an amazing fatigue fighter! It’s been considered a sacred food in many traditional cultures around the world for thousands of years. But, it can seem a little scary, especially if you don’t know what it’s going to taste like and you don’t know how to prepare it. Here’s a roundup of recipes for the liver beginner, plus methods for adding a little extra liver to food! It’s recommended to get one full serving a week.
I’ve talked before about the fact I don’t particularly care for liver and ways that I have tried to sneak liver into my own food so that I can’t taste it. It would be fantastic if the world’s most nutrient dense food tasted like Reese’s peanut butter cups, but unfortunately it just isn’t so. I really liked the idea of making frozen raw liver “pills”, but in practice I found that they were fiddly and often froze with sharp edges so I couldn’t get them down quickly and I would still taste the liver. I knew that I could buy desiccated liver pills from different supplement companies, but they were expensive, especially the ones that were good quality, i.e. organic and grass fed, and many of them had fillers such as maltodextrin (what), which is derived from corn (yep). I wondered if it would be possible to make my own liver pills from local organic grass fed beef liver and gelatin capsules. I stumbled upon this blog post and was so excited to find that someone else had successfully done it and that it was a possibility! I found some high-quality, grass fed organic beef liver from Neiffer Ranch, which I can highly recommend if you have access to their products here in Eastern Washington State.
I’m beginning to realize that a lot of the success of a sugar detox comes down to good preparation and making it easy to make good choices for yourself. After falling flat on my face with my last sugar detox effort, I’ve decided that this time around, I am going to be better prepared.
I’ve compiled a list of twenty-one 21DSD-friendly recipes with no sugar; hopefully it can provide some inspiration for you, too! These are mostly nightshade-free, so many of these will suit those of you on the autoimmune protocol. I don’t plan on religiously sticking to this list like a meal plan and I probably won’t make every item on the list, but it’s a starting point.
These are my version of Ukrainian meat patties (kotleti) which I was taught to make while I was in Ukraine. Kotleti are kind of like American burgers, but sexier. They’re moist and tender, and they are so flavorful! Everyone that I’ve made them for since I’ve been back in the States has loved them. With nearly endless combinations of meats and spices, they are versatile enough to have multiple times in the week without getting bored. (Plus, they’re ovular. And who doesn’t love that word?! Oooovular. Fantastic).
EDIT 12/14/14: I’ve recently come up with a new way to get liver in my diet EVERY SINGLE DAY in a way that I never have to taste it. Go check out the post here!
This is a liver recipe for people who don’t like liver.
There are two truths in my life about liver.
1. I hate the taste of liver with every part of my being.
2. I know it’s the most nutrient dense food on the planet so I force myself to eat it anyway.