The Iron Man

BEEF, LIVER & GREENS

Liver is such a great source of iron, which is required for babies 6 months and over. It has quite a strong flavour though, so I only add in a little to ensure it doesn’t overpower the rest of the dish and is still edible. Pair it with some beef (also a good source of iron) and this combo makes a great iron boost.

Liver can be bought at your supermarket, if you can’t find it just ask the guys in the deli section. You can also buy it at your butcher or any specialty food store. No need to cut all the fat off the beef either, a little fat is good for us and keeps little grubs satiated.

I tend to always include a starchy vegetable with my meals, like kumara, potato or pumpkin. This gives the dish more of a smooth and creamy texture to it and is easier to disguise the greens and meats in. Starchy carbohydrates are also part of a balanced meal.

Either mash the vegetables or puree the whole dish for smaller babies who still require a smooth texture.

beef and liver

Ingredients:

  • 450gm beef steak (rump, sirloin, scotch)
  • 2tbsp beef or chicken liver
  • ½ head of broccoli
  • 1 capsicum (yellow, red or orange)
  • 2 large orange kumara
  • 15gm butter
  • water (for desired consistency)

Method:

  • peel and chop the kumara in to 2cm pieces and chop the broccoli florets and capsicum in to small bite-sized pieces
  • steam the kumara for 5 minutes and then add the broccoli and capsicum and steam for a further 10 minutes until all vegetables are soft
  • meanwhile, cut the beef in to 1cm strips and dice the liver
  • add the butter to a frypan and fry the beef and liver until cooked through
  • for small babies, puree the beef and liver together with the vegetables and you’re good to go. Add in some water to reach desired consistency if necessary.
  • otherwise, puree the beef and liver together and then mash in with the vegetables

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