Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Chicken Liver with Vegetables Noodle Soup - 鸡肝蔬菜汤面

Whoever says liver is junk food is missing out on something. At least chicken liver is not junk food (for toddlers and kids), no doubt it is considered high cholesterol food (for adults). Moderation is the key, whichever the case. Now, what is your take on chicken liver? YAY! -OR- YUCKS! ?

Cholesterol is essential for the normal function of the body. Some high cholesterol foods are also good sources of other essential nutrients such as protein, fatty acids, macro- and micro-nutrients, and carbohydrates. Name: crabs, clams, scallops - these are typically known as high cholesterol foods but contain essential minerals such as zinc.

Chicken liver is high in Vitamin A (surpasses that of milk, egg and fish)., Vitamin B-group (B6 and B12), iron (10 times higher than the meat itself), DHA (YESsss, DHA!!! for learning, intelligence, and visual acuity), protein and Vitamin C. When consumed in moderation, chicken liver can be good for a toddler's vision development. Like cod liver oil, chicken liver is a nutrient-packed superfood supplement that can help boost energy, muscle growth, brain power, and general health.Well, you can always take pill and capsules or powdered supplement for DHA but remember, whole foods is ALWAYS better.


Chicken Liver with Vegetables Noodle Soup - 鸡肝蔬菜汤面   

Ingredients: 1 medium-sized tomato, cut into bite-size; 5-6 fresh mushrooms caps, cut into bite-size; broccoli florets, blanched; handful of shredded cabbage; 1 tbsp of finely sliced onion; some chicken liver bite-size pieces, blanched in boiling water (note: to remove the strong pungency of the fowl); drizzle of Chinese cooking wine; salt and white pepper to taste; noodles, cooked and set aside

Directions: Add some cooking oil into the pot. Add in onions and saute till fragrant.Then add in tomatoes and mushrooms and fry briskly till tomatoes and mushrooms softened. Add in cabbage and fry till slightly softened. Add in chicken liver and fry at low-medium heat till chicken liver is almost cooked. Drizzle in some Chinese cooking wine to fry with the chicken liver. Then, add in warm water and simmer as soup. Add in blanched broccoli to the soup and continue to simmer till chicken liver is completely cooked. Some salt and pepper to taste. Ladle soup over the noodles and serve.

For a growing kid, you can have this nutritious bowl of noodle soup once in a while, likewise for an adult like me. I had the privilege of staying with my friends, S and A in the past four months. S has especially opened up my mind on essential nutrition for a growing kid. This little buddy (their 2-year-old son) of mine is lucky to have his mom cooked regularly for him - organic whole grain oats with organic milk for breakfast; chicken liver with pot-full-of vegetables noodles soup for lunch; and millet congee with Kale or Bok Choy with Carrots and Shitake Mushrooms or Fava (Broad) Beans with Green Onions for dinner. I get lucky too when I stay with a family who eats well. And Presto Pasta Nights gets lucky too, when my entry to Cinnamon Spice and Everything Nice features a nutritious noodle soup for the growing kid.

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