In addition to July being National Blueberry Month, it’s also National Bison Month! Who knew? While blueberries may be a much more common food than bison, the two can be used in equally adventurous ways in the kitchen with a little education on their flavor profiles and versatility.
Bison is seen as a much more health-friendly meat as it’s much leaner than beef. The most common dishes featuring bison are burgers . I had one myself at a restaurant years ago that was topped with bleu cheese crumbles, and the flavor pairing was mind blowing. While some expect it to taste gamey, I found the flavor to be very similar to beef but much richer and higher quality.
Health benefits: For meat lovers, bison is where it’s at when it comes to lean, delicious meat since bisons typically have a healthier lifestyle and diet than that of a cow. Because of this, many people consider it the “better red meat” with one 3-ounce serving of bison steak only running 150 calorie and serving up nearly 25 grams of protein.
Bison also offers much in the way of vitamins and nutrients, including Vitamin E, B12, B6, niacin, riboflavin and folate. One serving of bison also provides nearly 50 percent of your recommended daily value of selenium, in addition to plenty of iron, phosphorus, zinc, and even omega-3 fatty acids.
Nutritional statistics: One 3-ounce serving of bison contains approximately 202 calories, 13 grams of fat, 0 grams of saturated fat, 25 grams of protein and 0 grams of carbohydrates.
Cooking methods: Depending on the cut of bison, there are many ways to prepare it. For one, it’s great ground up as a burger or in dishes like tacos or lasagna. It can also be served plain or lightly seasoned as a steak or tenderloin. Really, the options are limitless when it comes to this lean meat – it just depends on how adventurous you want to be. Check out a few of our favorite bison recipes below for some inspiration on how to get started.
Grilled Bison Tenderloin - Anthony Stewart for Pritikin
Spaghetti Sauce for Bison - Food.com
Bison Meatloaf - Martha Stewart
nutrition source: fatburningfernace
July 22nd, 2012