I’ve read in many publications how Bison is “IN.” And while it looked delicious on paper, I always thought it would not taste good (and what’s the point if your food doesn’t taste good, right)? It wasn’t until this year actually that I decided to give Bison a GO. I was in the meat department at Whole Foods and saw it sitting there, looking so pretty, yet with a hefty price tag. If I remember correctly it was $9.99/lb as compared to $6.99/lb for lean ground beef. However, it WAS grass-fed and it looked so pretty sitting on the top shelf so I bit the bullet and ordered a pound for dinner that night. I decided to make Bison meatloaf with mashed sweet potatoes and a side of green beans. I was so nervous that my husband wouldn’t like it, but more-so that I would think it was disgusting and then be disgusted with myself for spending 10 bucks on a pound of meat!

Later that night, I let my husband take the first bite and he almost fell off his chair! “This may be the best meal you’ve ever made” he exclaimed! “YES!” I did it! Now, he does like to toot my horn a lot, because that’s just the kind of guy he is, so I had to taste it for myself. He was 100% right. It was my best meal thus far. Score!

Now, there are many meals you can make with Bison; tacos, chili, meatloaf, stuffed peppers, etc. Lucky for you all, I will be posting a Bison recipe (yes, the meatloaf recipe) on Wednesday, December 12! Keep your eyes peeled because this is one recipe you do not want to miss! As you can see on the chart I’ve included below, it’s the highest in protein, lowest in cholesterol, and super low in calories!

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Bison Basics Nutritional Comparison Chart For Raw Ground Meats & Poultry

WATER (grams),    CALORIES (kcal),    PROTEIN (grams),    FATS (grams),    CHOLESTEROL (mg)

(Nutrient values and weights are based on 100 grams (3.5 oz) of raw ground meat or poultry.)

COMPARISON OF GROUND MEATS

    ANIMAL    

USDA
REF No.

WATER

CALORIES

PROTEIN

TOTAL
FAT

SATURATED
FAT

MONO
FAT

POLY
FAT

CHOLESTEROL

BISON
Grass-fed
17149 71.59    146  20.23 7.21    2.917 2.753 0.336

55

BEEF
90% Lean
23562 69.50    176  20.00 10.00    4.058 4.353 0.344

65

PORK
84% Lean
10972 64.67    218  17.99 16.00    5.362 7.280 2.235

68

TURKEY 05305 71.97    149  17.46 8.26    2.250 3.100 2.000

79

CHICKEN 05332 73.24    143  17.44 8.10    2.301 3.660 1.508

86

Source: All data as per USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference

Compiled: June 2010

Note: This information represents a partial nutrient profile, for additional data go to the USDA source linked above.