Dec 2, 2010

Moroccan Bison Stew, Pyramid Work Out

When I left my house for boot camp last night, I was freezing. I even turned the heat on in my car just to steam myself up in preparation for an hour of exercise in 50 degree weather. As soon as Lisa told me our pyramid workout, I knew I wouldn’t be cold for very long.

Pyramid Work Out:
  • 5 laps around the park, 50 squats, 50 alternating lunges, 50 push-ups, 50 sit-ups, 5o step-ups on the brick ledge
  • 4 laps, 40 squats, 40 lunges, 40 push-ups, 40 sit-ups, 40 step-ups
  • 3 laps, 30 squats, 30 lunges, 30 push-ups, 30 sit-ups, 30 step-ups
  • 2 laps, 20 squats, 20 lunges, 20 push-ups, 20 sit-ups, 20 step-ups
  • 1 laps, 10 squats, 10 lunges, 10 push-ups, 10 sit-ups, 10 step-ups

And then we did abs. I wish I could tell you the exact work-out, but at that point my brain had shut off. Mary and I just laid in the grass giggling at each other trying to mask the excruciating pain our abs were in. Amanda, on the other hand, was a champion and successfully completed the whole ab work out.

After class, I ran over to Whole Foods (sike, I drove) to pick up ground lamb meat for a recipe I wanted to make. When they told me that they did indeed have ground lamb, I asked if it was lean. The grinder man replied, “Yep! It’s 85/15.” Um, excuse me? When did 85/15 become lean? I don’t think so drunky. I bought ground bison instead and felt a little better about not consuming an animal I find to be so precious.

Oooooh I almost ate that. Sorry.

So, the recipe went from Moroccan Lamb Stew to Moroccan Bison Stew. Just go with it.
Moroccan Bison Stew, adapted from Rachael Ray
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 3/4 lb. ground bison
  • 1/2 onion, chopped
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • One 14.5-ounce can diced tomatoes
  • One 14.5-ounce can chickpeas, drained
  • 2 tablespoons chopped parsley
  • One 10-ounce box couscous
  1. In a large saucepan, over medium-high heat, cook bison meat until browned. Transfer to a bowl; discard the fat in the pan. Add olive oil and the onion to the pan and cook, stirring, until softened, about 5 minutes. Stir in the cumin and cinnamon and cook for 1 minute.
  2. Add the tomatoes, chickpeas and 2/3 cup water to the pan and bring to a boil. Cook, stirring, until thickened, about 5 minutes. Lower the heat, stir in the sausage and parsley and simmer for 10 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, prepare the couscous according to package directions. Serve the stew over the couscous.
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The couscous is green because I used Near East’s basil & herb flavor. That’s some pretty amazing stuff on its own.DSC_1431 (1280x916)
And even if it’s not the most attractive looking dish, it’s a powerhouse of nutrients. God bless a chick pea. Here are the nutritional stats:bison
This is what Rachael’s looks like:

And look who hates her:



  1. BYE! Haha, I love the way you ended that post, goofball! You + Lucy = cous cous heaven!

    P.S. you may not have eaten a lamb, but you did sacrifice this guy's life,r:14,s:45&biw=1020&bih=581

  2. Hahahah, Lambchop!!

  3. Oh my gosh- Lindsay and I walked to the bridge yesterday and nearly froze. It was so cold and windy- brrrrrrrr. Way to make it through boot camp. I bet that din din really warmed you up after. I haven't cooked with bison, but josh loves buffalo!

  4. haha lampchop, gotta love her! I've never eaten lamb and I don't think I could. I'm not vegetarian but I just can't eat babies :/

  5. hahahhaah this post made me laugh. That workout looks tough! I love bootcamp style workouts!

  6. Yummy! I have never had bison, but I should like to try it soon. Lamb is one of those foods that is evil when you think about it (eating those poor lambs!) but its so tasty. I feel this way about veal too. I can never afford either, though, so I only get them on the rare occasions that someone else is dishin'.

  7. I'm just impressed you cooked a meal after that! I like the colors in your food better!

  8. That workout sounds scary. I been wanting to sign up for a Boot Camp, but now I am afraid haha.

  9. i love your lamb pictures...totally cracking up.

  10. haha! I Always feel guilty when I eat lamb, buts its so good! Have you had the lamb patties at LANA? They are insane! That stew looks amazing and it is def a meal my hubby would approve of, so I will have to try it out!

  11. Poor little lambs :(
    I'm totally LOL @ your freezing 50 temps, that would have me working out in a t-shirt and shorts!


  12. Have I told you yet that I love your new layout? It's cozy and chic :)

    Ouch, that workout makes me tired just reading it! 50 pushups? Are you kidding me? I think my arms would fall off.

  13. Wow! That looks great. Hilarious post.

  14. Baaad idea. No way could I eat lamb. What would Mary think;)

    Bison is a fave of the hubs, I can't do that meat either, I'm so weird about certain things. But the recipe sounds hearty!

  15. Hahaha I'm pretty sure I had that Lambchop puppet when I was a kid!!

  16. That was a hilarious post. lol

    So, I usually mix ground lamb and bison together- it is such a great combo- especially for healthy burgers... just don't think about Lambchop. ;)
    And YES, God bless a chick pea. I love those things.

    oh, and NICE workout! I like that!

  17. LMAO @ the last pic and then BYE!

  18. I really, really like this workout idea!

  19. Love the workout, love the stew, love that Lambchop lives! :) Have a good weekend.

  20. The end of this post totally cracked me up, Christina!!! LOL

  21. That looks really good! I have been on the hunt for bison, so now I know to check Whole Foods :) Thanks!

  22. I loooove bison! I was on a bison kick last year and substituted it in like all the dishes I made..this looks good..I love Rach!