Healthy Chicken Liver and Avocado Baby Food Recipe

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Total Time: 12 min
Prep Time: 5 min
Cook Time: 7 min
Servings: 4 (1 ounce each)

Nutrition Highlights (per serving)

75 calories
6g fat
4g carbs
3g protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4 (1 ounce each)
Amount per serving  
Calories 75
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 6g 8%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 38mg 13%
Sodium 381mg 17%
Total Carbohydrate 4g 1%
Dietary Fiber 2g 7%
Total Sugars 1g  
Includes 0g Added Sugars 0%
Protein 3g  
Vitamin D 0mcg 0%
Calcium 11mg 1%
Iron 1mg 6%
Potassium 214mg 5%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calorie a day is used for general nutrition advice.

If you enjoy making your own healthy baby food, here's a new idea to try. This chicken liver and avocado purée is both tasty and nutritious (for babies and even bigger kids and adults). You might be skeptical that your baby would eat either chicken liver or avocado, let alone both in the same meal. But give it a try. Your baby has never heard that kids aren't supposed to like liver, and you are likely to be pleasantly surprised.

This is a great recipe to use if you've recently bought a whole roasting chicken for a family meal and you don't know what to do with the leftover chicken liver. There is no need to toss it out or use it for your dog's dinner. Instead, make a very nutritious meal for your baby. Liver is a very good source of protein, iron, and several B vitamins (as well as vitamin A; see note below). Avocado offers dietary fiber and vitamin C.

Ingredients

  • 1 chicken liver
  • 2 cups vegetable stock (low-sodium)
  • 1 ripe avocado (peeled and pitted)

Preparation

  1. Thoroughly clean the chicken liver. Discard any fat, skin or connective tissue. Set aside.

  2. Pour 2 cups low-sodium vegetable stock (or water, if you prefer) into a small pot and bring to boil. Once the liquid has reached a slight boil, reduce the heat.

  3. Place the liver in the pot and simmer just until it is tender, approximately 6 to 7 minutes. Do not overcook.

  4. Remove the chicken liver from the pot, reserving the liquid, and place it in a small bowl.

  5. Use a food mill or food processor to purée the cooked chicken liver until smooth.

  6. Add the avocado to the chicken liver and process it to mix it together smoothly.

  7. To achieve the desired consistency, add small amounts of the reserved liquid. Portion it into 3 or 4 (1-ounce) containers and refrigerate.

You can use the purée fresh or freeze it immediately for future use in an airtight container. Alternatively, vacuum-seal portions in small packages and then freeze. While avocados turn brown when refrigerated or frozen, your baby hasn't yet developed the same aversion to that discoloration as you may have. Mixed together with the liver, the purée won't be green in any case.

When to Introduce Liver Into Your Baby's Diet

Though avocado is a great first food for baby, some medical professionals might suggest delaying the introduction of liver until the age of 9 months. Chicken liver does have a high concentration of vitamin A. Consuming too much of this vitamin may lead to hypervitaminosis A. Because of that, do not serve liver more than once a week. Talk with your doctor about when you can introduce meats to your baby.

Some babies will especially delight in eating this purée hors d'oeuvres style: Spread a little on a cracker for a delightful snack. You might find you like this recipe for yourself as well, perhaps with the addition of some salt and spices for the grown-ups.

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