Tuesday, October 29, 2013

No Fava Beans, But There is Chianti!

How I used to hate the smell of liver being cooked, especially if it was beef liver. The only type I could tolerate was chicken and it had to be liver pâté. It was always masked with the flavors of seasonings and fresh garlic. Later in my adulthood, I acquired a taste for chicken liver only. For me, I used to love breading and frying them up, but now that I am grain-free and gluten-free, I just sauté them as is. You can use the oil of your choice, like olive oil or even coconut oil. There's a bit of controversy cooking with olive oil due to the burn of the oil creating carcinogens, but it's what I prefer over coconut oil. I usually start off by cutting a whole onion in ringlets. I fry them up in a separate pan with fresh parsley, garlic, salt, pepper, lemon and white wine while I fry the liver in another pan.

1. Helps prevent anemia (Vitamin B12 – 352%)

Chicken liver can supply the body with over three times the daily needed value of vitamin B12, an essential nutrient which supports the production of red blood cells and helps prevent pernicious anemia.

2. Promotes good eyesight (Vitamin A -288%)

Many people probably didn’t know that it is brimming with vitamin A in the form of retinol, alpha and beta-carotene including lycopene. At 14378 IU, it’s a very powerful supporter for healthy vision.

3. Helps promote fertility (Folate – 140%)

If you’re pregnant or planning to get pregnant, chicken liver is good for you. With its 560 mcg of folate, it helps promote fertility as well as prevent neural tube defects for the developing baby.

4. Promotes healthy tissues (Riboflavin -136%)

Soreness around the lips, mouth, and tongue and cracking and/or peeling of the skin at the corners of the mouth and around the nose indicates a lack of riboflavin in the body. Riboflavin, also known as vitamin B1 is essential for normal reproduction, growth, repair and development of body tissues including the skin. Chicken liver is loaded with 2.3 mg of riboflavin.

5. Keeps thyroid healthy (Selenium – 126%)

It is also brimming with selenium, a mineral which supports iodine to keep the thyroid gland in top shape.

6. Helps the body fight stress (Pantothenic Acid – 83%)

With its rich pantothenic acid, it helps the body combat stress by supporting the adrenal glands.

7. Keeps immune system healthy (Iron – 72%)

In addition to its role in preventing anemia, iron also keeps the immune system in top condition and chicken liver is an excellent source of this essential mineral.

8. Helps prevent pellagra (Niacin – 70%)

Lack of niacin supply in the body will show in the form of pellagra, a disease with symptoms that include delusions, diarrhea, inflamed mucous membranes and scaly skin sores. Chicken and tuna are some of the highest sources of niacin.

9. Promotes healthy skin, hair and nails (Protein – 52%)

One of the many health benefits of protein is keeping the skin, muscles, hair and nails in top condition and chicken liver is another excellent source of this very important nutrient.

10. Helps keep teeth and bones healthy (Phosphorous – 42%)

It is also good for the teeth, gums and bones through its rich phosphorous content as calcium cannot build teeth and bones without the aid of this mineral.

Fry up your liver with a little seasonings and fresh parsley with a bit of salt and pepper. As soon as your liver is done to perfection (you can even cook them medium rare if you'd like), then place them in a big dish. After your onions are nice and 'almost' burnt, pour the entire pan of the sautéed deliciousness right on top of the liver, and voila, you have an incredible liver dish that is best served with....wait for it....wait for it..................chianti. If I have left overs, this goes SO good with scrambled eggs in the morning. And remember ladies, liver is so incredibly healthy for you, providing all the vitamin B, folate, iron, vitamin A, riboflavin and fights stress and also keeps your immune system healthy. It also helps a great deal with PMS. While you're enjoying this dish, I'm sure your spouse will be delighted!

Bon appétit!

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