Bison contains less fat and calories than other red meats and chicken. It's also high in iron and contains essential fatty acids (omega-3 and omega-6).
For the Bison veggie bowl:
- 1 lb (16 oz) extra lean ground bison
- 2 TBSP pine nuts
- 1 TBSP olive oil
- 3/4 cup chopped onions
- 2-3 cloves minced garlic
- 1 TBSP Ras El Hanout Spice (coriander, turmeric, cardamom, sea salt, black pepper, clove, cinnamon, nutmeg)
- 1 cup thinly sliced leeks
- 1/2 cup diced red bell peppers
- 1/2 cup diced green bell pepper
- 3 TBSP mild Harissa (Moroccan red pepper sauce)
- 1/2 cup chopped cilantro
For the Minty Yoghurt:
- 2 sprigs fresh mint (~1 tsp)
- 1 cup nonfat Greek Plain Yoghurt
- 1 clove minced garlic
- 2 tsp lemon juice
- black pepper
- In a large frying pan, toast pine nuts over low heat until fragrant. Set aside.
- Over medium heat, add olive oil to the frying pan, then onions. Sauté onions until translucent, about 2-3 minutes.
- Add ground bison and cook for 7-10 minutes or until lightly browned. At this point, stir in garlic and Ras El Hanout; cook for about 2 minutes, then add leeks and bell peppers. Cook for an additional 5-7 minutes, then stir in Harissa. Cook on low heat for 2-3 minutes before removing from heat. Add cilantro and pine nuts right before serving.
To make the Minty Yoghurt, pick mint leaves from stem and finely chop leaves (discard stem). Combine all Minty Yoghurt ingredients in a small bowl, stir well and keep refrigerated.
Serve North African Bison and Veggie Bowl with a dab of Minty Yoghurt and a green salad or over quinoa, brown rice or couscous. Leftover, this dish tastes delicious in a wrap with fresh greens!
You can substitute lean ground beef for ground bison, however, bison meat has fewer calories. Add around 100 calories per serving to this meal if you use lean ground beef!
For the Bison Veggies (1 serving...i.e. 1/4 of recipe):
- calories: 238, fat 9.6g, saturated fat 1.7g, cholesterol 70mg, sodium 104.7mg, carb 9.4g, fiber 1.9g, sugars 3.4g, protein 26.5g
For the Minty Yoghurt (1 serving...i.e. 1/4 of the Minty Yoghurt)
- calories 38, fat 0g, saturated fat 0g, cholesterol 0mg, sodium 30mg, carbohydrates 3.1g, fiber 0g, sugars 2.6g, protein 6g
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