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Easy Bison Chili Meal Prep

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One of my favorite (post-workout) meals is undoubtedly chili.  It can be lean, hearty and flavorful. Besides playing around with the spices – sometimes I’ll make it hot, other times I’ll make it spicy and fragrant, and other times I’ll add a hint of sweetness, like today’s recipe.

I get a lot of questions from fitness enthusiasts and professional (and aspiring) athletes on what to eat after working out or a game.   This meal right here is what I would recommend.

And the cool thing about chili is, you can make it even more interesting by pairing it with your favorite complex carbohydrates such as brown rice or quinoa.  In today’s video,  I show 3 amazing pairings for post-workout success: sweet potato, baked plantain, and cauliflower mash.


Recipe 1


Prep 5min
Cook 30min
Total 35min

Ingredients for 5 servings:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1/2 cup onion, diced
  • 1 green bell pepper, diced
  • 1 1/2 lb 95% lean ground bison (or choice of lean 95% protein or veggie protein)
    • PRO-TIP: take a protein veggie patty, chop it up in a skillet and use it like you would ground meat.
  • Seasonings
    • 1 tablespoon chili powder
    • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
    • 2 teaspoons dried thyme
    • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
    • pinch of sea salt & pepper
  • 2 cups unsalted beef stock (or broth)
  • 5 heaping tablespoons tomato paste (OR 2/3 cup tomato sauce)
  • sea salt & pepper to taste
  • garnish
    • jalapeno
    • cilantro


Step 1

Set a nonstick skillet on medium heat. Once hot, toss in oil, garlic, onion and bell pepper. Cook until the onions are softer and brown and slightly translucent.

Step 2

Add the meat to the skillet and chop it up as it cooks. As the meat continues to cook, add the seasonings. And continue cooking.

Step 3

Pour in beef stock and tomato paste and fold everything together. Reduce the heat to a light simmer, then cover and cook for at least 25 minutes, then allow it to slightly cool off the heat to thicken.

Step 4

Garnish and enjoy with your choice of rice, sweet potato, cauliflower mash or plantain!

Recipe 2

Quick Herb Cauliflower Mash

Prep 5min
Cook 5min
Total 10min

Ingredients for 3 servings:

  • 1lb (~4 cups) frozen cauliflower florets (steam-able bags)
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 2 teaspoons dried chives
  • 1/3 cup 2% Greek yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon garlic, minced (optional)
  • 1/4 shredded parmesan (optional)
  • sea salt & pepper to taste


Step 1

Prep the frozen cauliflower in the microwavable steam bag as directed on the package. Alternatively, bring a shallow pot of water to a boil, place raw cauliflower florets in a steamer basket and steam until soft, about 15-20 minutes.

Step 2

Add the steamed cauliflower to a bowl along with the remaining ingredients.  Use a hand-mixer (recommended) or a potato masher.

Step 3

Season to taste with sea salt & pepper.

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Prep 10min
Cook 35min
Total 45min
Total Calories: 65cal
Total Carbs: 8g
Total Fats: 1g
Total Protein: 7g
Total Fiber: 4g
Total Sugar: 5g
About Kevin - author


Hey, I'm Kevin

My name is Kevin. My life changed when I realized that healthy living is a lifelong journey, mainly won by having a well-balanced diet and maintaining an active lifestyle.

By experimenting in the kitchen and sharing my meals on Tumblr, I learned healthy eating is not boring! By making a few adjustments to my favorite foods, I could design a diet that could help me achieve my wellness goals while satisfying my desire for BANGIN food! 😅 Now I try to help people around the world realize that same level of freedom in eating regardless of budget. Welcome, let's #DemocratizeWellness together!