Oh give me a home, where the buffalo roam… and this chili is cooking on my stove….
Seriously, if you follow me on Facebook, you know I am a chili fanatic. And you also know that my neighborhood has an annual chili cook-off. Here’s where that photo above, of a big, beautiful pot of chili comes into focus. Last year, I perfected the art of cauliflower chili. This year, I decided to make a meaty masterpiece. But I didn’t want to use beef. It’s so… expected. But I wanted all that beefy texture. That’s when bison popped into my head.
Bison is an amazing source of protein. Why? It is so good for you! Most of us hardly ever eat it. However, it definitely deserves more of a place in our weekly meal planning. Bison is always pasture raised-there’s no factory farming. Consider the conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) of bison. 100% pasture-raised buffalo meat contains 3-5 times more CLA than grain-fed animals. That itself is a reason to consider this incredibly flavorful, lean meat.
Hungry yet? Here’s the recipe!
1/2 cup coconut oil
1 cup diced celery
1 cup diced onion
1 cup shredded carrots
2 lbs ground bison
2 jars of Whole Foods Organic Basil Marinara
1 jar of Jovial Foods Organic Diced Tomatoes
1 small box of red kidney beans (optional)
10 garlic cloves
1/4 cup cumin
2 teaspoons white pepper
2 teaspoons garlic salt
2 teaspoons sea salt
2 teaspoons herbs de provence (I’m kind of throwing you for a loop here, but trust me!)
1 teaspoon cacao powder
1 teaspoon korintje cinnamon
Heat the 1/2 cup of coconut oil over a medium flame. Add the diced celery, onion and shredded carrot along with 2 pounds ground bison and 10 garlic cloves. Season with 1/4 cup of cumin, 2 teaspoons each of white pepper, garlic salt, sea salt and herbs de Provence. Add 1 teaspoon of cacao and cinnamon.
When everything is thoroughly mixed and sautéed, add two jars of Whole Foods organic basil marinara and one jar of Jovial Foods organic diced tomatoes. I added one small box of red kidney beans just to keep everyone else happy but it really didn’t need it. So feel free to add the beans or omit them.
Top with grassfed sour cream or grassfed shredded cheddar cheese, or both!
Dr. J. Renae Norton is a clinical psychologist, specializing in the outpatient treatment of eating disorders such as anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating disorder (BED), as well as obesity.
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