Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Get Your Game on...

Bison and Beef Meatloaf:
Are you curious?  We were at Earth Fare this week, and they had ground bison meat on sale.  We were planning on making a meatloaf anyway, so we (my mom and I) decided to make it half ground bison meat and half ground grass-fed beef.  
 Why?  Here are some of the health benefits to eating bison meat.
You get more bang for your nutritional buck:  
* more PROTEIN and less CALORIES and FAT than beef and pork.
example: 3oz of bison meat has 143 calories and 2.4 grams of fat.  3 oz of lean beef has 211 calories and 10 grams of fat - pretty big difference! 
(you can learn more about that here.)
* great source of iron, zinc, B6, and B12.
When cooking bison, you have to be careful not to overcook it - because it has less fat, it can dry out quickly.  This is why we combined it with beef - the fat from the beef will keep your meatloaf moist.
Here is the recipe (feeds 4 adults):
3/4 lb of ground beef
3/4 lb of ground bison
3/4 cup of oatmeal
1 egg, slightly beaten
1 small onion - chopped
3/4 of a can of tomato sauce
celery salt (to taste)
salt and pepper (to taste)
1/2 cup Ketchup
2 T of Brown Sugar
1 T of Worchestershire
Sit the meat in the sink, and let it come to room temperature.   Preheat your oven to 350.
Mix all of the ingredients for the meatloaf in a bowl.
 Line a loaf pan with tin foil (easy cleanup) and put the meaty mixture into the pan.  Bake at 350 for 30 minutes, then put the sauce on top and bake for 5 more minutes.  Let it cool for 3-5 minutes before slicing.  We ate this meatloaf with fried apples and acorn squash - a really healthy, hearty meal!
 Have you ever tried bison?

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