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Cooking Out of the Box: Cacao Roasted Grass-fed Bison & Watermelon Gazpacho Recipe

Cooking Out of the Box: Cacao Roasted Grass-fed Bison & Watermelon Gazpacho Recipe

Seeing this Cacao Roasted Grass-fed Bison and Watermelon Gazpacho image probably sets off your cravings for healthy foods. This recipe courtesy of Farm to Fork Foods, which specializes in grass-fed and pasture-raised meats, can be whipped up using bison from their local providers as well as local produce by Johnson’s Backyard Gardens. Viridian has partnered with these providers in order to offer Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) delivered weekly to Viridian Lake Club. This cooperative relationship enables members to experience real farm-to-table living and supports local farming efforts.

Easy access every week to fresh picked and locally sourced fruits and vegetables is a way of life at Viridian, with deliveries being made weekly. Sign up for the CSA boxes here.


Cacao Roasted Grass-fed Bison + Watermelon Gazpacho

Recipe by Kristen Mott from Farm to Fork Foods, originally posted here. 

Lately I have been absolutely GIDDY over all the local melons in my CSA share. Have you ever heard of a Korean melon?? Me neither until it appeared in my share last week. I love all the surprises that come with being a part of a CSA. I have learned so much about fruit and veggie varieties that I never knew existed. On top of that it forces me to eat seasonally and locally.

Seasonal eating means eating the most nutrient dense and flavor-full foods available. Just compare a dark red, vine-ripened tomato still warm from the summer sun with a winter hothouse tomato that’s barely red, somewhat mealy, and lacking in taste complexity. Eating locally means no transportation of crops, they must be harvested early and refrigerated so they don’t rot during transportation. And they are not going to ripen as effectively as they would in their natural environment meaning they do not develop their full flavor potential (who wants flavorless food?!).  You see nature knows exactly what our bodies need dependent on the season and climate. That is why watermelon is in season in the summer. It is made up of 90% water to help our bodies stay hydrated and replenish the liquid we are losing in the hot summer months when sweating.

 Watermelon gazpacho and its ingredients in new home community Viridian.

 APPETIZER - Gazpacho
  1. Blend melon in food processor until pureed consistency and set aside. Do the same with cucumber and tomatoes.
  2. Stir together processed melon, cucumber and tomatoes. Then put mixture through a sieve to remove the extra pulp.
  3. Next add serrano peppers, lime juice, cilantro, basil, coconut sugar and salt to mixture. Let chill in the fridge for 30 min. 
  1. Last SERVE and ENJOY with some remaining watermelon chunks and garnish with cilantro. This makes a great summer appetizer or a side to your main dish.


Who says you can’t eat a roast in the summer??? Grass-fed bison meat, like grass-fed beef is high in Omega 3s and CLAs (the essential fatty acids found primarily in grass-fed animals). But bison contains a great amount more of protein than any other grass-fed meats. While it is lean, low in fat and calories, it contains about 34 grams of protein for every 1 lb of ground. This makes grass-fed bison one of the best sources of protein you can consume. The cacao in this recipe gives the meat a nutty and smoky flavor with a little kick from the cayenne. What is cacao? Cacao is the raw form of cocoa meaning it is unprocessed with no additives so all the nutrients are still intact. The meat flavors pair perfectly with some roasted red potatoes, a simple arugula salad and the sweet, refreshing gazpacho above.

Cacao Oven Roasted Bison in master-planned community Viridian. 

MAIN DISH - Cacao Oven Roasted Bison
  1. Pre-heat oven to 450 degrees. Will need a pan with a rack to roast meat in.
  2. While the oven is heating mix dry ingredients together in bowl with a whisk.
  3. Cover roast with melted coconut oil then rub with mixed spices.
  4. Next place in the oven and set timer for 3o min. and begin to dry-roast your meat. This will begin to caramelize and cook the outside. After 30 min lower the oven to 350 degrees and cook until meat thermometer reads 140-150 degrees, medium rare. You want the meat to be pink inside to ensure tenderness and flavor. It is extremely EASY to overcook bison because of how lean it is so check the temperature frequently.
  5. ENJOY all the goodness.


About Viridian

Viridian is a unique community focused on setting the standard for harmonious interactions between residents and nature. Residents enjoy a more sustainable, healthy lifestyle and experience real farm-to-table living through the Community Supported Agriculture program. An Audubon International “Certified Gold Sanctuary,” Viridian comprises lakes, waterways, parks, and trails. It also features many engaging amenities and is part of a top school district in the Dallas-Forth Worth area for academic performance and financial efficiency.

Discover more about Viridian, a green master-planned community in Arlington, Texas that is inspired by nature and rooted in community.

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