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Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Liver the Super-Food Article (Plus Calf's Liver with Caramelized Onions & Mixed Veggies RECIPE)

By: Alex Liska
Liver is a very often overlooked food that is not being given enough credit these days. With the amount of stress our bodies go through daily, both mentally and physically; having a food that is so exceptionally nutrient-dense is key to re-instating good health. Liver contains a large quantity of bio available vitamins and nutrients that help replenish our bodies and keep us energized. The recipe I am posting today utilizes Calf Liver- a food that is an excellent source of vitamin B12, vitamin A, copper, folate, riboflavin, and selenium; also a very good source of zinc, vitamin C, niacin, phosphorous and PROTEIN ; it ALSO contains vitamin B6, B5 and IRON. This can be considered a SUPER-FOOD to those that suffer from anemia and also for women due to loss of blood during menstruation. Vitamin B12 is responsible for aiding production of red blood cells therefore having a weekly dosage of liver could REALLY help anemia-sufferers and women!
Keep in mind also that DIRECTLY consuming these bio available vitamins through liver is MUCH MORE EFFECTIVE than popping multi-vitamins and B-Complex 'Pills' ... Pills are man-made and haven't been around for long enough to prove how truly effective they really are... I don't take pills, I rather rely on my consumption of Whole Foods, this is also less strenuous on your own liver which has to break down the capsule form pills being taken. Because liver is slightly higher in saturated fats and cholesterol (the kind that is good for the brain), I wouldn't suggest eating it every single day but once a week is definitely recommended. Remember that liver is Very High in Protein so it fits into any good bodybuilding diet. I prefer this dish over steak when I am considering a higher-fat meal since I feel so much more energized after eating it :)


Calf's Liver with Caramelized Onions & Mixed Veggies
Ingredients:
-6 Large Strips of Calf Liver (I used grass-fed organic calf liver)
-1/2 Medium Onion- sliced thin
-3 Cloves of Garlic- chopped
-3 tbsp Soya Sauce
-1 tbsp Olive Oil
-1/4 tsp Garlic Powder
-1/4 tsp Paprika
-1/4 tsp Black Pepper
-1/2 envelope Splenda or Pure-Via (Stevia)
-1 Bag 'Europe's Best' Frozen Mixed Veggies (I used the kind called "Nature's Balance" which has more Greens in it)
-1/4 tsp Sea Salt

Directions:
In a large heated frying pan, saute the onions and garlic in olive oil until slightly caramelized (use med-high heat setting for this), then place the strips of liver, try to keep them separate so they don't stick and can equally absorb all the onion flavor. Add the soya sauce, sprinkle the garlic powder, paprika and black pepper as well as the splenda/stevia to the liver and turn down the heat a bit. Let the liver strips cook for about 2-3 minutes on each side, flip them once or twice. Cover the frying pan and let it finish cooking (can take a few minutes). Now, remove the liver strips and place 3 on each plate. 
You can now place the frozen veggies in the frying pan and cook them (they will have a nice flavor from the liver/onions you just cooked). Saute the veggies, you can add 2tsp of fresh butter or olive oil to them and sprinkle salt on top. Cover the veggies and let them cook. Serve them along-side the liver strips. This makes 2 servings. Enjoy!!!! :)

3 comments:

  1. That's looks great!


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