This Ground Bison Veggie Bowl recipe is perfect for paleo and low-carb diets. It’s a grain-free and easy recipe that is so delicious and satisfying. This is a 30-minute meal that you can make on busy weeknights.

bowl filled with cooked rice, kale, and bison

If you’re looking for quick and easy meals that are healthy and satisfying, then this ground bison recipe is for you.

To make this recipe grain-free and paleo, I used cauliflower rice and chopped kale to add texture to the bowls. Bison tastes similar to beef, but it’s lower in fat and cholesterol. It’s high in protein, iron, and essential B vitamins. Read more about the health benefits of bison.

If you’ve never cooked with bison before, then this is a great recipe to make. Ground bison is very similar to ground beef, although it tends to be even leaner than beef and chicken too!

Why You Need This Recipe

  • Ground bison tastes like beef but has more protein and less fat.
  • It’s grain-free, paleo, keto-friendly, and low-carb.
  • You only need 25 minutes to make this ground bison veggie bowl.
  • Pack in the veggies with delicious cauliflower rice.

Key Ingredients

ingredients for ground bison and cauliflower bowl

Olive oil – Use olive oil to sauté the onion and cauliflower rice. Butter, ghee, coconut oil, or any neutral flavored oil works well too.

Onion – Onions have a strong and pungent flavor when raw. Once cooked, they mellow and sweeten in flavor. White, sweet, or yellow onions are all great options.

Cauliflower rice – You can buy cauliflower rice or make your own. It can usually be found in the frozen foods with the other frozen veggies.

Ground bison – One 4-ounce serving of ground bison delivers only 124 calories and 6 grams of fat. It’s high in iron, selenium, vitamin B12 and zinc. It’s a great way to boost the nutrients in any meal. If you can’t find ground bison, lean ground beef will work in its place.

Spices – Don’t forget to season! Oregano, turmeric, salt, and pepper add plenty of flavor to the meat and cauliflower rice.

Kale – Kale is a delicious superfood that’s packed with vitamin C. It has sturdy leaves that still have texture when cooked. You can buy it pre-chopped if you want to cut back on prep time.

Recipe Steps

how to make ground bison with cauliflower rice

Step One

Heat up the oil in a large skillet. Add the onion and cauliflower rice and stir to combine.

As always, please do see the recipe card at the end of this post for the exact ingredients and measurements.

Step Two

Add the ground bison and stir it together with the onion and cauliflower.

Step Three

Add the dried herbs and spices, along with the chopped kale.

Step Four

Cover the skillet and let the ingredients cook a bit longer until the bison is cooked through and the kale is wilted. 

This dish is best served right out of the pan. If you want to get creative, you can serve it on top of jicama tacos with salsa and guacamole. Or, you can just serve this ground bison recipe with the vegetables. Either way, it is so delicious!

a spoonful of ground bison and turmeric cauliflower rice

Recipe Tips & Substitutions

  • If you can’t find ground bison at your local grocery store, try a specialty foods store like Whole Foods Market or your local butcher.
  • Be careful not to overcook the cauliflower rice. If you cook it too long, it can get soft and soggy.
  • If you aren’t on a Whole30 or paleo diet, you can use pre-cooked rice in place of the cauliflower rice.
  • Ground bison tends to have a mild flavor compared to other game. If you’re concerned it will taste too gamey, you can substitute ground beef for the bison.

Recipe FAQs

Is bison the same as buffalo?

They are not technically the same animal. In North America what we call buffalo are actually bison.

What does bison taste like?

Bison tastes a lot like beef, but the flavor can vary by manufacturer. If you are super sensitive to a gamey flavor, then you might not like bison, but I find the flavor to be very mild. I have even had bison that has a sweetness to it.

Is ground bison good?

Yes, it is so flavorful and nutritious. I recommend bison as part of a healthy, balanced diet. You can cook and serve bison in the same way as you would beef.

Is ground bison healthier than ground beef?

It depends. Bison can sometimes have a lower saturated fat content and higher protein content. I consider bison from a quality source to be as healthy as grass-fed, grass-finished beef.

Is this recipe keto?

This recipe has less than 12 grams of carbohydrate per serving, so it is a keto-friendly recipe.

ground bison with kale on a fork

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bison and cauliflower rice with kale

Ground Bison and Cauliflower Bowl


Description

This Ground Bison Veggie Bowl recipe is perfect for paleo and low-carb diets. It’s a grain-free and easy recipe that is so delicious and satisfying. This is a 30-minute meal that you can make on busy weeknights.


Ingredients

Units Scale
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 cup cauliflower rice (see notes if using frozen cauliflower rice)
  • 1 pound ground bison
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano (or Italian seasoning)
  • 1 teaspoon dried turmeric
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 cup chopped kale

Instructions

  1. In a large skillet over medium heat, pour in the the olive oil. Let the oil heat up for a minute or so. 
  2. Add the onion and cauliflower rice, and stir to combine. Cook for 2 minutes.
  3. Add the bison and use a spatula to break up the pieces as it cooks. 
  4. Sprinkle in the oregano, turmeric, salt, and pepper, and stir to combine. Let the mixture cook for about 3 more minutes.
  5. Add the kale, reduce the heat to low, and cover the skillet. Cook for 1-2 more minutes, or until the bison is cooked through.
  6. Turn the heat off and serve the bison mixture hot.

Notes

  1. You can substitute lean ground beef for the bison, if you prefer.
  2. I used fresh cauliflower rice (not frozen) in my recipe. If you want to use frozen cauliflower rice, just cook it a bit long when you cook it with the onion (about 4 minutes).
  3. Store any leftovers in a covered container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. Reheat before serving.
  4. If you can’t find ground bison at your local grocery store, try a specialty foods store like Whole Foods Market or your local butcher.
  5. Be careful not to overcook the cauliflower rice. If you cook it too long, it can get soft and soggy.
  6. If you aren’t on a Whole30 or paleo diet, you can use pre-cooked rice in place of the cauliflower rice.
  7. Ground bison tends to have a mild flavor compared to other game. If you’re concerned it will taste too gamey, you can substitute ground beef for the bison.
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Category: Main Dish
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Paleo

Keywords: paleo bison and cauliflower skillet dish, bison dinner, bison dish

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