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Liver Recipes for Kids
by Kenyatta Thomas

I've read over and over how it is common for toddlers to become anemic, and I have had recent inquiries for "child friendly" recipes for *the* most iron filled food - Liver.

Eating liver can help prevent iron deficiency in toddlers, and though I HATE liver, I'm told babies usually like it.

Here are some tried and true liver recipes, that children seem to love:

Liver Stir Fry

1/2 lb. chicken livers
1 tsp olive oil
2 tsp minced onion
1 small clove garlic, minced or pressed
1/4 cup low or no sodium chicken broth
2 tbsp ground pecans - Leave this out if there are food allergies!!!!
1/4 tsp lemon rind
Dash of pepper

Wash livers and pat dry with a paper towel. Remove any extra fat, fibers or discolorations. Cut larger pieces into halves or quarters. Heat oil in a small non-stick pan over medium-low heat. Add the onions and garlic and saute' until limp. Add the livers. Saute' until liver is no longer pink. Drain. Stir in broth, pecans, lemon rind and pepper. Cook over low heat 10 minutes or until liquid is absorbed and meat is browned, stirring frequently. Can be frozen.

Liver Pate
Good on crackers or whole wheat bread.

1 tsp margarine
1/2 lb chicken livers , washed and patted dry
1 tbsp finely chopped onions
2 tbsp cream cheese
1 tsp lemon juice
1 tsp margerine
1/8 tsp dry mustard
Dash of pepper

In a medium non-stick skillet over medium-low heat, melt the first tsp margarine. Add the livers and onion. Cook 7-10 minutes and stir until liver is no longer pink in the middle. Transfer liver mixture and dripppings to a food processor or blender. Add remaining ingredients and process until smooth. Spread into a greased mini loaf pan, cover and chill for 6 hours or overnight. Remove from pan and slice.

Liver Stix

1/2 lb liver, cut into 1/2-inch strips
3 tbsp whole wheat bread crumbs
2 tbsp nonfat dry milk
1 tbsp parmesean cheese
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp onion powder
2 tsp margarine

In a sealable bag place the bread crumbs, dry milk, Parmesean cheese, garlic powder and onion powder. Shake to combine. Add the liver sticks and shake to coat. Melt margarine in a small skillet over medium heat. Add liver to skillet and fry on both sides until browned and cooked through, about 3-5 minutes.

Easy Rumaki

Cut liver into bite size pieces.
Lightly cook in non stick skillet (no added fat) until 'almost' done.
Cut lean bacon slices into 1/3s or 1/4s
Place 1 piece of liver on 1 slice of water chestnut
Wrap bacon around it & secure w/ toothpick
Fill shallow pan, then sprinkle w/ brown sugar
Bake at 350 - 375 F. until bacon's crispy

Cooking for Children - Recommended Reading
  • Into The Mouths Of Babes
  • The Well Fed Baby Cookbook
  • Baby and Toddler Food

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