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In many ways our health care system is like an all-you-can-eat buffet. Someone else appears to be paying for it, so who cares how much it costs?
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Sources:
David Nowak et al, “Tree and Forest Effects on Air Quality and Human Health in the United States," Environmental Pollution, doi: 10.1016/j.envpol.2014.05.028

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Shrimp with Cocktail Sauce

Poached, grilled, sautéed or broiled, we love shrimp in just about any dish, any time of year. But somehow serving shrimp during the winter holidays seems extra special — thankfully without extra work or worries when you buy it at Whole Foods Market.

Holiday Recipes

Searching for an unexpected dish that will delight guests while the turkey finishes cooking? Think shrimp. Hoping for a dish that’s high on the wow factor and low on prep time? Think shrimp. Here are a few of our favorite shrimp recipes for entertaining:


Butternut Squash and Coconut Soup with Shrimp

Everyday Recipes

Why wait for a special occasion for something so delicious? Shrimp is also a tasty shortcut for those in-between meals this holiday season. 

  • Thai Shrimp and Carrot Salad. This Health Starts Here® salad is a light and refreshing salad served over a bed of rice noodles — the perfect weeknight remedy to heavier holiday meals.
  • Butternut Squash and Coconut Soup with Shrimp. With a base of creamy coconut milk, rich butternut squash, a hint of spicy peppers and succulent shrimp, this soup will warm your family up on a chilly evening.
  • Shrimp and Feta Pizzas. Frozen Key West pink shrimp, canned diced tomatoes and flatbread means dinner in about 15 minutes!

Cooking Tips

New to shrimp? We can help. Here are our top three tips for choosing and cooking shrimp:

  1. Shrimp size is expressed in the format of count per pound. Weight is affected not just by length/girth, but also by whether or not shrimp is peeled or has the heads/tails on. For example, 31/40 means there are approximately 31 to 40 shrimp per pound.
  2. Fresh shrimp should be kept refrigerated and cooked within two days; frozen can be kept in a sealed bag for up to 60 days in the freezer.
  3. Boil shrimp for approximately 4 to 6 minutes (depending on size) until they turn pink and opaque. Do not overcook; they will become tough.

Happy Shrimpsgiving…With a Side of Standards

Our shrimp standards are worthy of their own holiday…so we gave them one. Like all of the wild-caught seafood in our fresh cases, our wild-caught shrimp is rated either a “Best Choice” or “Good Alternative” by Monterey Bay Aquarium and The Safina Center. And we prohibit preservatives, which are commonly used on conventional shrimp.

Choosing farmed? We’ve got you covered with shrimp that’s farmed responsibly, indicated by our Responsibly Farmed logo which means the shrimp has been raised according to our strict Aquaculture Standards and third-party audited to ensure that the standards are being met. Our standards include:

  • No preservatives, no antibiotics, no land animal products in feed
  • Fully traceable from the farm to our seafood case
  • Farms all 3rd party audited
  • No conversions of sensitive ecosystems such as mangrove forests into shrimp farms

To maintain the delicious flavor of shrimp and nothing else, ours are flash frozen within hours of harvest — without preservatives. Some competitors may sell farmed shrimp cheaper, but it’s likely chemically treated.

Looking for another time-saving tip this holiday? With sweet and tender shrimp, our Responsibly Farmed Cooked Shrimp Platter is perfect for an elegant, instant appetizer. It includes our signature cocktail sauce with a horseradish kick. Many stores offer a shrimp platter as part of their online ordering selection, and you can always pick one up in store.

What’s your favorite way to serve shrimp during the holidays? 

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