What is the surprise? Liver. Before you say ewwww, gross, please know that I can totally relate. It wasn't but a year ago that I felt the same way. However, oddly, as I started getting the processed crap out of my diet, my taste for certain foods changed a lot. I can' t explain it; chalk it up to balanced hormones, stable blood sugar, a much healthier gut, and the inner workings of the universe.
Liver is a superfood. It is much higher in nutrients (vitamins A, D, E, K, B12, folic acid) and minerals (copper and iron) than the more ‘conventional’ cuts of meat. It also surpasses almost every nutrient found in carrots and apples as well. Many falsly believe that because the liver is responsible for detoxifying the body so it contains all those toxins when you eat it. The truth is, the liver processes toxins, but doesn’t “store” it. What does, then? Fatty tissues.
If you are trying to heal from a particular health condition, your body will thank you for giving it nutrients that is it so needing at the moment. Plus, since it is combined with ground beef, the liver taste is pretty well hidden. Serve this chili atop some butternut squash for some yummy slightly sweet and spicy goodness.
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- 1 lb ground grass-fed beef
- 3/4 lb grass-fed beef liver, grind in a food processor
- 2 cups chopped organic yellow, green, orange, and/or red bell pepper
- 1 large onion, chopped
- 2 large organic tomatoes, puree in blender or food processor
- 1 cup broth
- 1 can Eden organic black beans (has BPA free can)
- 1 small can green chilies
- 2 T chili powder
- 1/4 cup brewed coffee
- 2 T unsweetened raw cocoa powder
- 1 tsp salt (or to taste)
- handful of fresh cilantro leaves
- coconut oil
- 1 medium butternut squash
- Place the butternut squash on a cookie sheet and bake at 375 for about an hour. You can put the squash in whole, or cut it in half and scrape out the seeds beforehand. If you cut in half, place cut side down. It will shorten your bake time, however I find that this does dry out the squash a bit. Cooking the squash can be done in advance.
- Meanwhile, add a little bit of coconut oil to a large pot and heat over medium heat.
- Add chopped bell peppers, onion, and chili powder to the oil and stir until onion starts to become translucent.
- Add the ground beef and ground liver to the pot and cook through.
- Add the rest of the ingredients, minus the cilantro leaves.
- Turn down heat on pot and simmer for about an hour.
- Before serving, place some squash at the bottom of the bowl, add chili, and sprinkle with fresh cilantro leaves.