When you think of your typical first foods for baby, pâté wouldn’t usually spring to mind, but did you know that pâté is a nutrient dense superfood for baby that’s packed full of all the good stuff, including; iron, choline, B vitamins and Omega 3’s. Now now don’t shy away, it’s not as scary as it sounds and is actually quite tasty.
Baby’s iron stores start to deplete after 6 months and to avoid things like anemia, we need to add iron rich foods to their diet. Ditch the iron fortified rice cereals (which wreak havoc on their little digestive systems) and add this simple chicken liver pâté recipe. Make sure you always use good quality, pasture raised, organic livers. After all we only want the best for our little ones.
500g organic chicken livers, sinew removed
250ml of organic chicken stock or broth
1 small garlic clove
2 tsp of ghee
Pinch of Himalayan salt
Add 1 tsp of ghee to a fry pan over medium heat. Add the garlic and chicken livers and lightly fry for 2 minutes. Stir in the chicken stock or broth and let simmer over a medium heat for 8 minutes. If you find it’s becoming dry, add a little more stock.
Transfer all ingredients from the pan into a high speed blender, add 1 teaspoon of ghee and lightly season with salt. Blend ingredients until well combined and forms a thick paste.
To store, cover pâté with melted ghee to form a seal, this will keep it fresh in the fridge for up to 7 days. Without the seal the pâté will keep in the fridge for up to 3 days. I prefer to divide mine into small glass jars to keep in the freezer so I can pull out when needed. It will keep in the freezer for up to 3 months.
For babies around 6 months of age you may want to omit the garlic and keep it simple until they’re around 7-8 months old.
For the more adventurous you can add herbs and spices to the mix which will add to its already great flavour. Things such as onion and thyme will really bring this dish to life.
I like to stir some of the pâté through cooked veggies, add on top of cucumber, as a dip for crackers or straight off the spoon.
Disclaimer: As always, consult your health physician before starting yourself or your child on any new diet.
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