Healthy Chicken Liver and Avocado Baby Food Recipe

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Total Time 12 min
Prep 5 min, Cook 7 min
Yield 3-4 (1-ounce) servings Baby Food

All right, I know you read "chicken liver" and think, "Is she nuts? Does she think my baby would actually eat chicken liver or avocado? And in the same meal? Baby food, healthy, yes. But would my baby even get it past her lips?" My answer is an encouraging, "Yes!"

Many families are opting to make their own baby food. Healthy recipes, like this chicken liver and avocado purée, are tasty and nutritious.

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 on earth to do with the leftover chicken liver. No need to toss it out or use it for Fido's lunch. This makes a very nutritious meal for your baby.

Ingredients

  • 1 chicken liver
  • 2 cups low-sodium vegetable stock or water
  • 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 into a small pot and bring to boil. Once the liquid has reached a slight boil, reduce the heat.
  3. Place liver in pot and simmer just until tender, approximately 6 to 7 minutes. Do not overcook.
  4. Remove chicken liver from pot, reserving liquid, and place in a small bowl.
  1. Use a food mill or food processor to purée the cooked chicken liver until smooth.
  2. To achieve desired consistency, add small amounts of the reserved liquid. Portion into 3 or 4 (1-ounce) jars and refrigerate. Avocados are notorious for browning so use immediately or freeze immediately for future use in an air-tight container. Alternatively, vacuum seal portions in small packages and then freeze. 

Note: Follow these tips when freezing homemade baby food.

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 9 months. Chicken liver does have a high concentration of vitamin A. Because of that, do not serve liver more than once a week. High concentrations of vitamin A may lead to hypervitaminosis A. 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.

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