Need a Boost? Why I Started Incorporating Beef Liver into My Diet, And Why You Should Too by Chef Paige G
Tonight, I finally did something that I have been meaning to do for quite a while. I cooked Tacos using what is called beef boost instead of regular ground beef. What is beef boost, you ask? Beef boost is a blend of the ground beef everyone knows and loves with beef liver (The beef boost I bought is 90% ground beef to 10% liver).
If you are like me, the idea of eating liver is not very appetizing. Trust me, I was not expecting something to salivate over... I was pretty sure it would taste pretty gross actually. Then WHY was I so excited to start cooking with this boost? Because I know how great eating organ meat is for our bodies, and I was ready to bite the bullet and start benefiting from this powerful superfood…yes, I said superfood.
To my surprise, it was not bad at all! In fact, I really couldn’t tell much of a difference. I decided to make it into taco meat so that I could easily have it to reheat and eat throughout the week. I had been told that using the boost with bolder flavors is the way to go so that you don’t notice the “extra” flavor of the liver. It really worked. And it was good! I think if I fed this to my boyfriend, and didn’t tell him, he would never even notice a difference…something I will probably do to my children one day as well!
By using the beef boost, and getting just that 10% of liver, I was able to increase many vitamins and minerals that my body needs. Beef liver is rich in many nutrients essential to the human body. Some of its top nutrients include; Vitamins B12 and B6, Vitamin A, CoQ10, Iron, and Protein. It is also said to possibly help women with fertility and also support detoxification and functionality of our own livers. Beef liver can help with energy and clarity, and Vitamin A is great for anti aging!
When choosing beef liver, be careful to choose organic grass-fed cows. The one I bought is from Diamond Mountain Ranch (DMR), which is a small ranch in Greenville, CA. DMR can be found at various farmers markets around Southern California, specifically Mariner’s Church in Irvine. However, I bought mine at Fermentation Farm in Costa Mesa. I have found all of their meats to be top quality. If beef liver is not your thing, you could also choose chicken liver which is said to be lighter in flavor. If you are not willing to eat liver AT ALL, you may want to try Vital Proteins beef liver supplement, which I have actually taken myself.
For my tacos, I used 1 lb. DMR Beef Boost, 1 Yellow onion, Kawi Foods Taco seasoning (another favorite, it’s Paleo!), Organic garlic powder, organic cumin, organic oregano and organic onion powder (these spices are already in the taco seasoning, but I just like to add more to mine!). I sautéed these ingredients in my cast iron skillet until thoroughly cooked. I did not drain the fat because I don’t mind it, but feel free to drain excess fat! For my tortilla, I used Mike’s brand which is found in the frozen section of Sprouts and uses cassava and coconut flour and NO gums or other nasty ingredients. I added a layer of cultured cashew cheese and super greens, and then topped them with a dollop of primal mayo with harissa and some avocado! If I had had some tomato or pico on hand, I would have used that as well! Sadly, I didn’t so it was lacking a little something…but they tasted really good! In addition to being rich in the nutrients from the beef boost, these tacos were rich in healthy fats and greens.
Try adding this beneficial protein to your diet each week, and see if you notice a difference in your energy and stamina!
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