10 Easy Ways To Sneak Organ Meats Into Your Diet

10 Easy Ways To Sneak Organ Meats Into Your Diet from The Coconut Mama

Eating organ meats is the one thing I’ve struggled with the most since I  started eating traditional foods. I’ve tried to eat liver many times but I  just can’t stomach it. I’m a wimp!

As a nursing mama I need to eat organ meats. Liver is one of the most nutrient dense foods you can eat. Liver (beef) is rich in important nutrients like Vitamins A, D, E, K, B12, folic acid, and minerals copper and iron.

Liver also has an amazing anti-fatigue factor! I found a study on the Weston A. Price Foundation site that I will share below…

Liver’s as-yet-unidentified anti-fatigue factor makes it a favorite with athletes and bodybuilders. The factor was described by Benjamin K. Ershoff, PhD, in a July 1951 article published in the Proceedings for the Society for Experimental Biology and Medicine. Ershoff divided laboratory rats into three groups. The first ate a basic diet, fortified with 11 vitamins. The second ate the same diet, along with an additional supply of vitamin B complex. The third ate the original diet, but instead of vitamin B complex received 10 percent of rations as powdered liver. A 1975 article published in Prevention magazine described the experiment as follows: “After several weeks, the animals were placed one by one into a drum of cold water from which they could not climb out. They literally were forced to sink or swim. Rats in the first group swam for an average 13.3 minutes before giving up. The second group, which had the added fortifications of B vitamins, swam for an average of 13.4 minutes. Of the last group of rats, the ones receiving liver, three swam for 63, 83 and 87 minutes. The other nine rats in this group were still swimming vigorously at the end of two hours when the test was terminated. Something in the liver had prevented them from becoming exhausted. To this day scientists have not been able to pin a label on this anti-fatigue factor.

Do you remember Jenny from Nourished Kitchen’s article  Nutrient Showdown: best sources of Vitamins & Minerals? Liver, liver, liver, fish roe, liver, oysters, liver, raw egg yolk, butter, liver, liver & LIVER topped for foods highest in vitamins and minerals. Liver is where it’s at!

10 Easy Ways To Sneak Organ Meats Into Your Diet from The Coconut Mama

How do I eat liver without gagging on it? I sneak it into my food! I puree liver in my food processor and freeze it in ice-cube trays. I add a few cubes of liver to almost all my ground beef meals!

10 Sneaky recipes with organ meats

1) Giblet Gravey – Cooking Traditional Foods

2) Nutrient Dense Meat Loaf – Holistic Squid

3) Easy Meatballs – Nutrient Dense Food on the Go – Holistic Squid

4) Ultimate Beef & Liver Chili  – MommyPotamus

5) Jalapeño Poppers with a Superfood Twist – Kelly The Kitchen Kop

6) Pizza Chili – Food Renegade

7) Heart Burgers  – Kelly The Kitchen Kop

8) Nourishing Chicken Nuggets – The Coconut Mama (picture below)10 Easy Ways To Sneak Organ Meats Into Your Diet from The Coconut Mama

9) Superfood Meat Muffins – Health, Home & Happiness <- I top mine with bacon! (picture above)

10) Spaghetti Squach with Offal Sauce  – Paleo Parents

Still can’t stomach Offal?

If you still can’t handle eating offal after trying all these yummy recipes you can make your own supplements. The easiest way to make your own supplement is to cut up frozen liver into small bite size pieces and store in the freezer. Swallow the liver pieces like you would any other supplement. If that is too much for you to handle then you can make desiccated liver supplement. This is a lot of work, but if that’s the only way you can handle eating liver then do it!

10 Easy Ways To Sneak Organ Meats Into Your Diet from The Coconut Mama

do you eat offal? What is your favorite way to eat this nutrient dense food?

This post is linked to Fight Back Friday, Make Your Own! Monday

About the author: Tiffany is a real food mama who lives in Oregon. She is a stay at home mom of three coconut babies. She is passionate about traditional and healing foods. As a true believer in the health benefits of coconut, she uses coconut products in almost all her cooking. Subscribe to The Coconut Mama’s Newsletter for more articles like this one.
28 comments… add one
  • Allyson March 15, 2016, 8:20 pm

    Hi there. Thanks so much for your posts. I am needing to start getting some beef liver into my diet to improve my health. Do you find when you incorporate it into the above recipes that you can still taste the liver or not so much?

    I am nervous…..I know I need to eat it for my health and I would do anything for my health but I am not really a massive meaty person let alone an offal person! Not sure if my hubby will be up for it either. Hopefully he wont even notice. I wont tell him unless he suspects something is different

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  • Jessie March 4, 2016, 12:11 am

    Hi! I’m desperate to improve the iron count in my continuing sick family and our type of anemia is not helped by iron supplements… So I’ll be starting to experiment with livers! When you purée livers and put them in ice cube trays, do you cook the meat first or leave it raw? Please forgive my ignorance if this is a stupid question!

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  • Carol September 15, 2015, 9:16 am

    Do you puree the liver raw?

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  • Janet September 19, 2014, 1:41 pm

    I agree – “offal” sounds AWFUL but I love, love, love liver!!! Fried chicken liver, chicken liver pate, liver wrapped in bacon, beef liver with onions, liver stroganoff, liver chopped up in my spaghetti sauce. Don’t think I could bring myself to eat the heart but I’m definitely a liver lover!

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  • kelli September 19, 2014, 12:27 pm

    thank you for this idea, this is something I haven’t been able to stomach, and this is a great idea!

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  • Jamie November 5, 2013, 8:09 am

    I cannot STAND the taste of liver (dreadful, I know). I wish I had time to make my own capsules but I simply do not. I’ve found that my favorite desiccated liver supplement is the best way to get liver into my family’s diet. I use a brand called Perfect Desiccated Liver that is sourced from Argentinian grass-fed cows.

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  • Vanessa Bradshaw-Jones August 10, 2013, 3:30 pm

    Thanks for that great article!
    what about cod liver? i eat it once a week, love the taste, love the omega 3 🙂 is it as nutritious as beef and chicken liver?

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    • Janet September 19, 2014, 1:43 pm

      Vanessa, what does a cod liver look like? I’ve taken cod liver oil for yers and eat cod filets but have never actually seen a cod liver before.

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  • blessedmom February 28, 2013, 5:06 pm

    i just made this yesterday and everyone loved it!  
    http://nourishedkitchen.com/potatoes-with-bacon-and-liver/  
    we are on GAPS so I substituted the potatoes with cabbage and used pecorino romano and grass fed cheddar (I used more bacon too;)

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  • blessedmom December 8, 2012, 11:00 am

    Here is a link to the curry liver recipe that we eat weakly;) http://www.food.com/recipe/fried-lamb-or-chicken-liver-curry-203071

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  • Lea H @ Nourishing Treasures December 2, 2012, 9:30 am

    Thank you for your submission on Nourishing Treasures’ Make Your Own! Monday link-up.

    Check back tomorrow when the new link-up is running to see if you were one of the top 3 featured posts! 🙂

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  • Becky November 30, 2012, 7:32 am

    I really appreciated this post. It has encouraged me to add liver to our diet (mini meat muffins, raw in smoothies), even though both my husb and I have detested it since childhood (bad recipes?)
    My mother LOVED chicken gizzards (center item in opening pic).
    I was also kind of repulsed by the word ‘offal’. I always related it to that which we throw away…as inedible. Check out wiki though http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Offal
    What an incredible array of offal dishes throughout the world!!

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  • DJ November 28, 2012, 3:34 pm

    How about we stop calling it “offal” ? As a kid I loved my mom’s liver and onions and if any of us had called it “offal” well….that would not have been a good thing for us!

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  • Robin @ Thank Your Body November 24, 2012, 12:41 pm

    Ha! I have a similar post about this going up on Monday. Great minds, I guess. It really is such an easy way to get more liver in. 🙂

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    • The Coconut Mama November 27, 2012, 11:56 pm

      Robin @ Thank Your Body » Yes it is! My husband is now very freaked out to eat anything! lol He didn’t know I was feeding him offal 😉

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  • Alicia November 23, 2012, 10:44 am

    The farmer I get most of my meats from has a ground beef with a 25% beef heart mix, which is the only ground beef I buy. I also have bought liver twice. I find that harder to mask as I think it has a very metallic-y taste. I have a meat grinding attachment on my KitchenAid now and added some to my last batch of chili. I also once made a modified raw liver berry smoothie (from easynaturalfood.com) for my kids and they never knew it was there.
    I do like braunschweiger on toast with mayo.
    I have chicken hearts in my freezer that I was thinking of adding to stuffing.

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  • freecookbooks November 22, 2012, 12:13 pm

    You’re so clever! The only way I like liver is when I eat pate.

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  • Teri Pence November 22, 2012, 3:31 am

    I would love to see that curry and liver recipe too!

    GREAT post! This subject has been on my mind lately. Thanks a lot! 🙂

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  • annette November 21, 2012, 8:01 pm

    i have to puree it also. my favorite way to use it is in taco meat or baked beans. you can see it in the beans but can’t taste it.

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    • The Coconut Mama November 21, 2012, 10:21 pm

      annette » Good Idea, Annette! I haven’t tried to add it to beans before. 🙂

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  • blessedmom November 21, 2012, 12:09 pm

    We eat liver once a week. I found a great curry recipe – which hides the taste! My 3 year old would eat it every day if I let him:)… Beef heart is really good cooked in the crockpot for 12 hours, Tasted just like pot roast:)

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    • The Coconut Mama November 21, 2012, 10:23 pm

      blessedmom » I need to try beef heart in the crockpot! What a great idea! That’s really great your 3 year old likes the curry recipe too 🙂

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  • Lori D. November 21, 2012, 11:46 am

    No meat of any kind for me. My dad loved to eat liver and onions, though.

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