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The Lighter Side of the Meat Counter

By Beau Klose, December 27, 2012  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by Beau Klose

Looking for the lighter side of the meat counter? Try these tasty options for the new year.

With so many great alternatives at the Whole Foods Market® meat counter, small changes are easy. This time of year, lots of folks swear off one food or another, but you can still enjoy tasty meals and a leaner diet with a little help from your local butcher.

Take advantage of our sausagemeisters’ creativity and special order your very own sausage, like our in-house Turkey Bratwurst. Most of our sausages can be made with chicken, turkey or even bison. Call ahead or stop in during the week to put in an order for the weekend, as these will require special production. The seasonings hold true, so you can rely on great juicy flavor, but with a minor meat adjustment

Speaking of bison! We love this dinner-table option. Bison mostly thrives on the range, foraging for grass, and this diet can yield lots of tasty benefits. You can read more on bison’s nutritional profile and get recipe ideas in this previous post.

If you’re not a bison fan yet, try grass-fed beef.  Although not as robust as Bison, the flavor profile of grass-fed is slightly different than what you may be used to.  A great way to test-drive these new flavors is in a big pot of chili, stew or stir-fry.  Just a small amount of meat flavors a heaping helping of veggie goodness.

Turkey Sloppy JanesRemember, we still have the best poultry game in town. All our chicken and turkey come from producers rated by the Global Animal Partnership’s (GAP) 5-Step™ Animal Welfare Rating Program.  We have a wide selection of both chicken and turkey cuts, and our talented butchers are always ready to help you choose the best for your table and budget. And our oven-ready selections and marinated cuts make dinner a snap.. 

Whatever your dieting resolution, our friendly butchers are ready to help you have a delicious – and wholesome—new year. Tell us: how will your plate change in the new year?


Category: Meat, Food & Recipes




micky johnson says ...
looking for meat alternative for vegan diets
02/02/2013 12:16:04 PM CST
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@MICKY - I wasn't sure if you were looking for products or recipe ideas. If you are on the hunt for vegan meat alternative products, I would suggest reaching out to your local store for options that they carry as products can vary between locations. I you are looking for vegan recipe ideas you can find those on our website at https://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/recipe/search/%20?f[0]=field_special_diet%3A158786.
02/04/2013 2:48:12 PM CST
Jeanette says ...
Was looking for ostrich meat
02/08/2013 2:36:25 PM CST
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@JEANETTE - I have not seen our stores selling ostrich meat. However, since our products vary between locations, I would suggest you reach out to your local store to make sure.
02/11/2013 11:08:31 AM CST
Juan says ...
I am wondering if you stock goat meat
02/15/2013 4:17:04 PM CST
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@JUAN - While our stores do not normally sell goat meat, I would encourage you to reach out to your local store since our products can vary between locations. They will be able to let you know if this is something they ever have in stock.
02/18/2013 4:00:04 PM CST
rina says ...
Is there a difference between the regular beef you sell and the one sold at Dominick or Jewel?
03/03/2013 7:58:08 AM CST
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@RINA - While I cannot speak about the standards at other companies, I can definitely let you know about our high quality standards at our locations. When you buy meat at a Whole Foods Market location it will not have any antibiotics and no added growth hormones. We also have a 5-Step Animal Welfare Rating Standard that you can read more about at http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/about-our-products/quality-standards/animal-welfare-standards. Let me know if you have any further questions.
03/04/2013 3:42:24 PM CST
Cathy says ...
Do you have whole rabbit?
03/15/2013 8:38:47 AM CDT
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@CATHY - Our options vary between store locations so contact your local store to see what options they have available in the Meat department! You can find a store list at http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/stores/list.
03/18/2013 10:57:06 AM CDT
Ryan says ...
Are your meats, in particular pork, injected with saline or other water solutions?
03/23/2013 3:45:05 PM CDT
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@RYAN - None of our raw meats, including pork, are injected with any solutions. If you are looking for an already cooked option, check with your local store as those vendors will vary between locations.
03/26/2013 10:45:22 AM CDT
Sarah says ...
I'd like to know if I can get bone marrow and liver from grass fed beef at my local store.
04/04/2013 3:31:43 PM CDT
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@SARAH - I would suggest reaching out directly to your local store to see what they have in stock. You can find a list of stores at http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/stores/list.
04/05/2013 11:56:56 AM CDT
Marilyn Taylor says ...
do your meats and chickens have added sodium? We are having to reduce ours due to heart problems
04/13/2013 11:58:54 AM CDT
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@MARILYN - If you buy raw meats from us they should not have any sodium added unless it is already marinated. Check with your local store's butcher to see what options they carry as our products vary between locations.
04/16/2013 12:40:20 PM CDT
Dawn McBrien says ...
Has your grass fed beef been raised insecticide free?
05/15/2013 10:14:06 PM CDT
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@DAWN - It would vary between particular vendors but was there a name of a particular insecticide you would like for us to look in to?
05/20/2013 4:13:41 PM CDT