Beef or Bison: Which is Healthier?
Bison is becoming a popular choice for dinner. The protein content is exactly the same in bison and 85 percent lean ground beef. Although, the health benefits of bison over beef are significant. Ground bison contains much less fat than ground beef. For instance, a serving of bison has only 2.5g of fat versus over 10g in beef. It’s also substantially lower in calories (140 vs. 215) and somewhat higher in iron.
For me, the number one reason why bison is a superior choice over beef is that bison are handled as little as possible. They spend their lives on grass, much as they always have, with very little time in the feedlot. They are not subjected to drugs, chemicals or hormones.
Because bison is lower in fat, you need to be careful not to overcook it. The meat will get tough if you do. Also, because of bison’s lower fat content, it will cook faster as well. Other than using ground bison in casseroles and the occasional burger, I haven’t incorporated it into many other dishes.
My neighbor, Sandy, gave me this recipe for Bison Loaf. It’s simple and delicious! The key is to time the baking to the minute. That way your Bison Loaf is moist and will melt in your mouth!
1 pound ground bison
½ cup bread crumbs
(about one slice of whole grain bread)
½ red bell pepper, minced
¼ cup mined onion
½ teaspoon each salt and pepper
¼ teaspoon garlic powder
Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees
1. Slightly beat the egg and mix into the ground meat with your hands.
2. Add the minced bell pepper, onion and the salt, pepper and garlic powder and mix well.
3. Shape the meat into a loaf and place in a loaf pan.
4. Place in preheated oven for 35 to 38 minutes. You want to be precise about the time, as bison is not as fatty as hamburger and will dry out if cooked too long.