A few qualifying questions before you can read this article:

- Are you pregnant?

- Can you eat a well cooked burger while pregnant?

- Should you eat a hamburger during birth?

- Is it summer?

Answered yes? Great, let's get started! For health-conscious carnivores craving a juicy, iron-pumping burger please skip what you know about generic beef and it's generous grams of saturated fat. Ladies, eat today but think a few months from now, remember you're a visionary!

For the pregnant mom in you seeking meat we highly recommend for this weekend, grilling bison (buffalo) burgers. Why? Buffalo burgers averages just 2.42 grams of fat for a 3.5 ounce burger in comparison to 18.54 of fat in regular burgers! Bison burgers are high in pregnancy-pleasing protein (28+grams), low in calories (just 143), has a decent amount of vitamin B12 (2.86 mcg) and is surprisingly filled with omega 6 (235mg), omega 3 (10mg) and potassium (364mg). And you don’t have to worry about hormones or your figure 9 months later :) You're welcome.

Bison is quite versatile: throw it in chili, roll it into meatballs (even stuff it with cheese… sounds naughty, right?), or for a weekend splurge, try biscuits and gravy. The flavor is not that different from beef, and its easy to find at your local grocery store.

Today we teamed up with Janie's Kitchen who will provide you with a mouth watering recipe that will water your tastebuds.

Instructions:

I wanted the bison to speak for itself, and only added a few spices to enhance its flavor; granulated garlic, onion powder and, of course, salt and pepper. I taste-tested it on a pregnant friend and her hungry husband, and in the end, all plates were bison-less -- the mark of a truly satisfying dish.

To complement our burgers, I offered organic caramelized mushrooms, bib lettuce, sliced roma tomatoes and a whole wheat bun (which accounted for 2 of the 4-5 servings of whole grain complex carbohydrates pregnant women need daily). I also served iron-packed Alexias sweet potato fries since, mommies-to-be, you need 5000IU worth of Vitamin A daily! (Although I’m a big believer in making things from scratch, when a product can consistently deliver quality and save time, I acquiesce...and applaud.)

As a woman trying to get pregnant (the “trying” part is so much fun!), I love coming up with recipes for my actual pregnant friends that will one day serve my own pregnant cravings. This bison burger recipe is perfect for those seeking a sufficiently meaty — yet healthy — meal option.

Bison burger recipe to eat while you're pregnant:

(courtesy of Janie's Kitchen)

Servings: 4

Ingredients

  • 1 pound of lean ground bison
  • 1 Teaspoon Granulated Onion
  • 1 Teaspoon Powdered Garlic
  • 1 ½ Teaspoons Fine Sea Salt (divided 1 tsp for burgers and ½ tsp for mushrooms)
  • ½ Teaspoon Freshly Cracked Black Pepper
  • 1 Roma Tomato Thinly Sliced
  • 4 Bibb Lettuce Leaves
  • 6 Cremini Mushrooms Thinly Sliced
  • 1 Teaspoon Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 Teaspoon Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 4 Slices of Pasteurized Cheese (personal preference)
  • 1 Package of Alexias Sweet Potato Fries

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 425F and bake fries according to package.
  • In a medium size bowl add granulated onion, powdered garlic, 1 teaspoon of salt, and black pepper evenly into the bison meat.
  • Loosely form bison meat into 4 ounce patties. (Note: form the patties tightly so they won’t dry out)
  • Once sweet potato fries are cooked, remove from oven and reduce temperature to 350F.
  • In a sauté pan over medium heat add olive oil, ½ teaspoon salt and sliced mushrooms. Saute the mushrooms for roughly 10 minutes then add the apple cider vinegar. Cook for an additional 3-5 minutes. Remove and allow to cool.
  • In the same pan over medium-high heat add the burgers evenly throughout the pan. Cook 5 minutes on each side. Place in the oven and allow to cook for an additional 10 minutes. At the 8 minute mark place a slice of cheese on each burger.
  • Remove the pan from the oven with a heat resistant pad and allow the burgers to rest for another 10 minutes before plating compiling you’re now ready to eat burger.

Invite a few of your girlfriends over, salivate a bit and dig in.

Let us know what you think? Stay Well Rounded!

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