So if you’ve ever gone to a burger restaurant or any restaurant for that matter and they have bison on the menu, I get as excited as a schoolgirl who’s on the playground with her crush. Seriously I love bison. Not that it’s tasty but also that it’s darn good for you!
Here are some benefits of bison:
– It has less calories and cholesterol than chicken or fish.
– There is 76% less fat than in beef and about 68% less fat that chicken- meaning for meat that you can eat for your money (saving those $$).
– Eating buffalo or bison 3-4 times a week in place of red meat can help low bad cholesterol or LDL cholesterol.
-Not only does it have lots of protein but it’s packed with nutrients: zinc, niacin, iron, vitamin B6, and selenium.
Here’s a quick run down on these nutrients:
Zinc: boosts immune system, and improves hair, skin health and cell function.
Selenium: decreases cellular damage from free radicals
Niacin: helps open up blood vessels and helps turn food into energy
Iron: the oxygen carrier of cells
B6: keeps you mentally and physically sharp.
Use Bison in place of ground beef in any recipe and you will have a tasty meal on your hands. I swapped bison for ground beef in my spaghetti squash with meat sauce recipe as seen below and had a real treat on my hands.
Spaghetti Squash with Bison Sauce
Makes roughly 4-6 servings
1 Medium Spaghetti Squash
10 ounces Ground Bison
1 10 ounce can of fire roasted tomatoes
1 cup frozen spinach
1/2 jar of Marinara sauce ( I used TJ’s Sweet basil marinara sauce)
Garlic powder to taste
Oregano to taste
1. Preheat oven to 350F. Cut spaghetti squash in half. Place face down in a baking dish and add a bit of water. Cook squash for 30-45 minutes.
2. While the squash is cooking, ground the ground bison. Once browned add in tomatoes, and spinach. Add in the sauce last.
3. Once squash is cooked, should be tender but not falling apart, let cool and take a fork to the meat. It will fall apart like spaghetti noodles.
4. Serve spaghetti squash with meat sauce and add some grated parmesan cheese and enjoy!!
243 calories, 13.9g fat, 5.6g sat fat,241 mg sodium, 8.6g carbohydrate, 21.5g protein.
Printable recipe here:
Also try: Oatmeal bison burgers
What is your favorite bison recipe??