Food is something that is really special in my family. Having immigrated from Romania to Canada in 2002, I would often see my parents cooking traditional meals that were a reminder to them of being back home. As the years passed, they also tried new recipes and adopted international cuisines as well, which is thanks to the rich multi-cultural culinary delights of Toronto. So when they found out about The Healthy Butcher, they were pleasantly surprised at the variety of sustainably sourced meats and high-quality products available.
Back in Romania, my family would simply go grocery shopping at farmer’s markets and buy whatever was fresh on that day. Coming to Canada was definitely a huge change for them, to say the least. Eventually, they became accustomed to shopping at Metro, Longo’s, Sobey’s, and other big chain grocery stores. They had heard about local farmer’s markets and other small-business grocers, but were never really sure where the best place to go was, and which one they could trust to guarantee 100% organic products.
I recently had the pleasure of being part of a Health Challenge hosted by The Healthy Butcher, arguably the best butcher and fine food store in Ontario. Not only am I always extremely impressed with the quality and taste of their products, but my family felt for the first time that all the products truly had that authentic standard and taste from home. You may not know this, but Europe as a whole has a cleaner, kinder, and safer food production.
Here is what Tara, co-founder of The Healthy Butcher, said about their store values:
“…We sell what we say we sell and we do what we say we do. We don’t mask anything in fancy marketing terms, and we don’t bait and switch. If a meat cut in our store is labelled “Grassfed”, you can rest assured that it is 100% Grassfed, and not the type of grassfed beef that’s finished on genetically modified grains and corn sprayed with pesticides and fertilizers. If we say a cut is Organic, it is legitimately Certified Organic, and not “this is like organic, or as good as organic” as many places will say when trying to convince you that what they have is worth buying. Put it this way, if you want a decent tasting steak, where marbling is the only measure of quality, you can go to many shops. If you want a great tasting steak that is both healthy and from ethically raised animals, you come to The Healthy Butcher.”
On top of it all, the store also carries products that cater to every diet lifestyle; be it keto, paleo, dairy-free, gluten-free, and the list goes on… personally, my current eating habits align with Dr. Gundry’s The Plant Paradox mixed with keto.
Here is what I picked up the first time I ordered from The Healthy Butcher (oh, and they deliver!):
- Organic Lean Ground Beef
- Organic Ground Pork
- Pork Rib Roast – Locally Raised, Heritage Breed
- Perth County Pork Sausage w/ Garlic & White Wine – Local, No Hormones, No Antibiotics
- Brie De Meaux – Cheese
- Blackout Beemster – Cheese
- Manchego – Cheese
- Golden Blyth – Cheese (best goat cheese I ever had)
- Ossau Iraty – Cheese (my dad’s new favourite fine cheese)
- Cacciatore – Mild
- Cappicolla (I want to eat this every day)
- Italian Prosciutto
- Organic Kefir
And now, time to share a secret keto family recipe that I’m sure you’ll love. Here are my family’s “Parjoale” made with the amazing ground pork and pork chuck from The Healthy Butcher:
If you live in Toronto, now you know where to go for the best cuts of meat: The Healthy Butcher (or stay comfy at home, order online, and have them deliver to you!)