If you want to cut calories, skinless chicken breast is the best way to get your protein. Right?
Read it and weep (the following are all 4 oz servings, fat and skin removed before cooking. Calorie count by “Fit Day.”)
- Lamb – – – – – – – – – – 302 calories
- Beef – – – – – – – – – – – 285 calories
- Chicken breast – – – – 183 calories
- Bison – – – – – – – – – – – 162 calories
We discovered a killer lamb stew a week or so ago. The problem is, being lamb, the stew’s a bit hard on the waistline. Bison is plentiful around here. (In case you didn’t know, they used to grow naturally in the neighborhood, so a number of local ranchers raise them now.) We used to eat quite a bit of bison in Alaska (one of the perks of being involved in the road kill recovery program in Delta Junction), and I’m not a big fan of the stuff. It’s milder than venison, but a bit gamey all the same. And I think the farm-raised bison has the same strong flavor as their wild and free (and splattered on the asphalt) counterparts.
But, this lamb stew is loaded with rosemary and onion, so I figured it was a dish that just might domesticate the bison meat, and I was pretty sure that bison, being so lean, was lower in calories than lamb. Well, the stew turned out quite delicious. And when I actually did the research to compare calories, I was blown away.