Why is it important to learn ways to sneak this beneficial ingredient into your recipes? Contrary to popular opinion in most people, organ meats are actually very good for the body. The organs in animals are more nutrient dense than the muscles, meaning there are more vitamins and minerals. These parts of the animal do have a different taste and texture than the more common meats eaten, so there are ways to disguise the organ meat in recipes. The easiest way is to simply mix organ meats in with the other meat that you are cooking. Instead of 2 pounds of ground beef, use 1.5 pounds of ground beef with ½ pound of organ meat.
The Weston A. Price Foundation recommends eating some kind of organ meat once a week. It is also recommended that you only purchase grass-fed organic meat. The liver is the organ that detoxes and produces vitamins. So, there may be some toxins in the animal’s liver, however, if purchasing organically, the load of toxins should be much lower and the nutrition content should be high. Eating animal liver actually helps your body’s own liver to break nutrients and toxins down. Now that you know the benefits, here’s some ideas of how to incorporate animal organ meat into your diet without causing havoc at the family dinner table.
1 lb liver/hearts, chopped
2 lbs ground beef
3 TB butter
2 tsp salt
2 cloves garlic
1 lb mushrooms, sliced
2 medium onions, chopped
2-3 cups beef broth
4 oz tomato paste
2 cups plain yogurt
1. Heat a large pot on medium-high heat, adding 1 TB butter to melt. Cook the liver/hearts. Set aside to cool a little.
2. Using same pan, add another TB butter and cook ground beef with onions, garlic, salt and mushrooms. Cook until browned. Turn heat down to simmer, adding extra butter if needed.
Don't forget to stir everything up!
4. Add the beef broth, tomato paste and yogurt to mixture on stove. Stir up and heat through. *Do not heat too long because you will destroy the healthy bacteria in the yogurt.
Serving suggestion: Linguine noodles pair nicely
with this dish to help absorb some of the liquid.
“And I will give grass in your fields for your cattle, that you may eat and be full.” -Deuteronomy 11:15
Here's another recipe to try: Meatloaf
1 pound ground beef
1/2 pound ground organ meat
1 cup bread crumbs
1/2 cup cream
1 small onion, chopped
2 tsp dried fresh herbs (your choice)
1 tsp unrefined salt
4 oz organic tomato paste
1. Mix the eggs and bread crumbs with cream. Let this mixture sit for a few minutes.
2. Mix the rest of the ingredients, except for the tomato paste.
3. Form into a loaf and set into your pan.
4. Spread the tomato paste over the top.
Optional: To make this dish a meal, cut up some other vegetables such as carrots, mushrooms, and peppers. Arrange around the meatloaf.
5. Bake at 350 degrees for about one hour.
This would be a great dish to double and freeze one to enjoy later!
Heather Brooks, Marketing Manager & Blog and Administrative Assistant
None of these posts have been evaluated by the FDA. They are not intended to cure, treat, or diagnose any disease. As with any medical concerns, always consult your medical professional before trying any of the ideas presented on this blog. All information has been obtained from various sources and personal experiences.