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Vietnamese Spring Rolls

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  • 2 ounces rice vermicelli
  • 8 rice wrappers (8.5 inch diameter)
  • 8 large cooked shrimp – peeled, deveined and cut in half
  • 1 1/3 tablespoons chopped fresh Thai basil
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh mint leaves
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
  • 2 leaves lettuce, chopped
  • 4 teaspoons fish sauce
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons white sugarC&H Pure Cane Granulated Sugar 4 Lb $1.78 for 1 item – expires in a month
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic chili sauce
  • 3 tablespoons hoisin sauce
  • 1 teaspoon finely chopped peanuts
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  • Prep45 m
  • Cook5 m
  • Ready In50 m
  1. Bring a medium saucepan of water to boil. Boil rice vermicelli 3 to 5 minutes, or until al dente, and drain.
  2. Fill a large bowl with warm water. Dip one wrapper into the hot water for 1 second to soften. Lay wrapper flat. In a row across the center, place 2 shrimp halves, a handful of vermicelli, basil, mint, cilantro and lettuce, leaving about 2 inches uncovered on each side. Fold uncovered sides inward, then tightly roll the wrapper, beginning at the end with the lettuce. Repeat with remaining ingredients.
  3. In a small bowl, mix the fish sauce, water, lime juice, garlic, sugar and chili sauce.
  4. In another small bowl, mix the hoisin sauce and peanuts.
  5. Serve rolled spring rolls with the fish sauce and hoisin sauce mixtures.


  • Cook’s Note:
  • The fish sauce, rice vermicelli, chili garlic sauce, hoisin sauce, and rice wrappers can be found at Asian food markets.
  • Partner Tip
  • Reynolds® parchment can be used for easier cleanup/removal from the pan.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 82 calories; 0.7 g fat; 15.8 g carbohydrates; 3.3 g protein; 11 mg cholesterol; 305 mg sodium.

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Meals For The Week, with grocery list

Grocery List:

4 eggs
8 oz. canned tuna, packed in olive oil
3 cups shredded cooked chicken
2 lbs. skirt steak
8 cups baby arugula
3 cups mixed greens
2 romaine hearts
1 small butternut squash
1 large carrot
12 oz. haricot verts or green beans
1 lb. baby purple or red potatoes
10 oz. mushrooms
2 cloves of garlic
1 shallot
1 red onion
4 ears of corn
2 Persian cucumbers
1 can of chickpeas
1 can of lentils
5 avocados
3 lemons
30 oz. grape tomatoes
1 cup cherry tomatoes
2 tablespoons fresh thyme leaves
2 tablespoons chopped dill springs
3 tablespoons chopped chives
½ cup chopped fresh basil
¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro
½ cup pickled radishes
½ cup pine nuts
⅓ cup unsalted raw cashews
4 oz. Niçoise olives
4 oz blue cheese
¾ cup crumbled goat cheese
1 cup feta cheese
1 tablespoon heavy cream
3 tablespoons tahini
1 lb. bite-sized pasta, like orecchiette

Pantry Ingredients:

Salt, pepper, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, apple cider vinegar, red wine vinegar, Dijon mustard, whole grain mustard, mayonnaise, sour cream, Worcestershire sauce, capers, honey, red pepper flakes, cinnamon, curry powder. Microsoft may earn an Affiliate Commission if you purchase something through recommended links in this article.

Monday: Aran Goyoaga’s Niçoise Salad

Slide 2 of 8: Wishing you were in Paris on this Monday? Tone down the stress of the week ahead with this 20-minute Niçoise salad.
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Wishing you were in Paris on this Monday? Tone down the stress of the week ahead with this 20-minute Niçoise salad.

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Tuesday: Curried Tahini Cashew Chicken and Carrot Salad

Slide 3 of 8: Coterie member Ali Maffucci’s curried cashew chicken and carrot salad has an added bonus: It saves well, meaning you’ll be taking a Tupperware full for lunch tomorrow.
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Coterie member Ali Maffucci’s curried cashew chicken and carrot salad has an added bonus: It saves well, meaning you’ll be taking a Tupperware full for lunch tomorrow.

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Wednesday: Butternut Squash and Goat Cheese Pasta Salad

You thought salads had to include greens? Nope.

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Thursday: Corn, Tomato and Avocado Chickpea Salad

Here’s a quick-fix, no-cook salad that uses all pantry ingredients. You are making dinner at home tonight.

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Friday: Shaved Brussels Sprouts with Roasted Beets, Pecans and Goat Cheese

Prove to Mom you do eat your brussels sprouts. They make the perfect bed for fall flavors like roasted beets, crunchy pecans and creamy goat cheese. (Thanks for the recipe, Coterie member Heidi Larsen.)

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Slide 6 of 8: Prove to Mom you do eat your brussels sprouts. They make the perfect bed for fall flavors like roasted beets, crunchy pecans and creamy goat cheese. (Thanks for the recipe, Coterie member Heidi Larsen.)
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Saturday: Grilled Steak Salad with Blue Cheese Dressing

There is a new way to serve Saturday night steak.

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Sunday: Warm Lentil, Tomato and Mushroom Salad

Warm salad? Hear out Coterie member Gena Hamshaw: It’s a cozy way to curl up on the couch.

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Slide 8 of 8: Warm salad? Hear out Coterie member Gena Hamshaw: It’s a cozy way to curl up on the couch.
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Keto~Overnight Oatmeal

Keto Overnight Oatmeal Prep Time: 1 minutes Cooking Time: 4 minutes Serves: 1 Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons ground flaxseed
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 2 tablespoons granulated stevia
  • 1 cup + 2 tablespoons cold unsweetened coconut milk

Optional toppings:

  • Unsweetened shredded coconut
  • Pumpkin seeds
  • Macadamia nuts
  • cinnamon


  1. In a jar or sealable container, add your dry ingredients and mix well.
  2. Add coconut milk and stir until well combined.
  3. Place in the refrigerator overnight.
  4. remove from fridge and stir oatmeal.
  5. Add toppings of choice and enjoy!

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Cooked Cabbage

• 1 large head cabbage, shredded (about 12 cups)

• 1 onion, chopped

• 6 tablespoons butter, divided

• 1 can (10-3/4 ounces) condensed cream of mushroom soup, undiluted

• 8 ounces process cheese (Velveeta), cubed

• Salt and pepper to taste

• 1/4 cup dry bread crumbs


• Cook cabbage in boiling water until tender; drain thoroughly. In a large skillet, saute onion in 5 tablespoons butter until tender. Stir in soup. Add cheese; stir until melted. Remove from the heat. Stir in the cabbage, salt and pepper.
Transfer to an ungreased 2-qt. baking dish. In a small skillet, melt remaining butter. Cook and stir crumbs in butter until lightly browned; sprinkle over casserole.
Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 20 to 30 minutes or until heated through.

Nutrition Facts

1 cup: 259 calories, 18g fat (10g saturated fat), 43mg cholesterol, 749mg sodium, 18g carbohydrate (8g sugars, 4g fiber), 9g protein.

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Cat Nutrition

From Kitten to Senior Cat Food: Cat Nutrition by Lifestage

Published byChristine O’Brien‎

Your cat’s age is something that needs to be considered when choosing the proper food for your cat, whether you’re searching for kitten food or senior cat food. Selecting one that provides your furry friend with the optimum nutrition she needs at each lifestage can help to ensure a long, healthy life.

When searching for a cat food check the packaging to see if it matches your cat’s lifestage. A cat requires different levels of nutrition at every lifestage, so it is important to choose one that matches her energy level, metabolic rate and other basic needs. Some times all this information can make cat food labels not easy to read, however, so it’s important to know what your cat needs and why.

As classified by the American Animal Hospital Association, there are six identifiable stages of a cat’s life, each of which requires its own smart pet food choices.

Kitten eats food from a plate.

Newborn Kittens (Birth to 4 months)

Newborn kittens will stay with their mother for the first 8 or so weeks as they will rely on their mother’s milk to help them grow and fight off diseases that their immune system is quite equipped to deal with. During this time, they will do little else other than nurse and sleep.

When your kitten is at least 8-9 weeks old she will be ready to wean off her mother’s milk and come home with you. After she is weaned and ready to go home, you’ll immediately discover that she’s a ball of energy with a zest for life. At this stage, a kitten’s routine follows the pattern of eat, sleep, run around like crazy, repeat. She requires the right nutrients to maintain her boundless energy.

Now that she is weaned from her mother, whether from her mother or bottle-feeding, your new kitten food should be made with fatty acids, such as DHA (a common source of this nutrient is fish oil), folic acid, and taurine, an amino acid that aids in the vital development of the immune and digestive systems, heart functions and vision quality. Protein is another vital component of kitten food and comes from a variety of sources, including meat and grains. She is growing at an astonishing rate (this stage is equivalent to the first ten years of a human’s life!) and needs energy to keep up the pace. It’s important that these nutrients are always in the right amounts to ensure the best opportunity to be healthy as she grows. In addition to nutrition, don’t forget about other kitten care opportunities.

Junior Cats (7 Months to 2 years) and Prime Cats (3-6 years)

If your fur baby’s behavior changes as she approaches the one-year mark, don’t be surprised. She’s beginning adolescence and then moving on to adulthood, lifestages that correspond to the human ages of 12-27 (Junior) and 28-40 (Prime).

Technically, cats are considered to be adults at the age of one year and that will extend through year six, but age is not necessarily a deterministic factor in how active your cat will be. Many cats will be very lively well into their double-digit years. For this reason, one of your considerations for feeding a young adult cat should be activity level. An average kitty will need enough food for “maintenance” energy to go about her daily activities, but if your cat is extremely active and spends hours sprinting around the house, she’ll need a few more calories to sustain her. If your pet likes to laze in the sunshine all day, she might require carefully measured meals to keep her trim. Talk to your vet about your cat’s activity level, as they can help you determine if your cat needs more or less calories.

Adult cats require the right amount of fat and protein in their meals as well as other nutrients like taurine. Consider the Hill’s® Science Diet® line of cat food. These products, ranging from kitten food all the way up to senior cat food, provide balanced nutrition in a variety of options for adult cats of all ages, sizes and activity levels, including hairball, sensitive stomach and light formulas.

Mature Cats (7-10 years) and Senior Cats (11-14 years)

Cats in these two categories are placed firmly in the middle stages of life. In human years, these furry friends are in their early 40s through early 70s comparatively to humans. While your kitty won’t (necessarily) experience a mid-life crisis, she may become a little more finicky with her food choices, and you’ll need to ensure she gets the nutrients she needs while staying properly hydrated. Always make sure your cat has access to clean, fresh water.

This also is a time of life when cats’ nutritional needs shift, whether because of medical issues or simply aging. In some instances, too much or too little of any one ingredient may impact her health. During this stage, you’ll want to keep an eye on your cat’s weight as her activity level may decrease, which could lead to obesity. Avoid the calorie-rich food formulated for kittens and young adult cats; instead, look for foods that are formulated with her needs as an aging cat are kept in mind like Youthful Vitality cat food. Watching her calorie intake not only keeps her weight in a healthy range but also reduces the risk of diseases, such as kidney disease, certain cancers and osteoarthritis.

Tabby cat lays on human's lap while being pet.

Geriatric Cats (15+ Years)

In her golden years, your fur baby may start to seek more attention from you, become more affectionate, and reduce her activity level. As her behavior changes, so do her meal time needs.

Much like the foods for adult cats, senior cat food should be low in calories and fiber. Another concern for elderly cats is being underweight. Hill’s® Science Diet® Adult 11+ Age Defying Cat Food is formulated with the right balance of necessary ingredients for geriatric cats with the added benefit of antioxidants that help keep her healthy during the aging process.

Both wet food and dry food provide your cat with the ingredients she needs, but there are upsides and downsides to each. Older cats often have worn or missing teeth, so she might appreciate something a little softer. Some pet parents try a combination of the two, or add just a little wet food — or even some fresh water — to dry kibble. Your cat certainly will let you know her preference, and the two of you can work together to find the perfect fit.

Where do cat treats fit into a cat’s meal plan? As just that: a treat. “While giving your cat an occasional treat is not generally harmful, they are usually not a nutritionally complete and balanced source of nutrition and should only be fed occasionally,” explains the College of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell University. According to Cornell, you also should avoid giving your cat raw meat (it carries the risk of toxoplasmosis and infectious disease), canned fish (risk of neurological disease) and milk (many cats can’t digest dairy).

In addition to a nutrient-rich food, your cat needs to stay hydrated in order to stay healthy. This is especially true for senior and geriatric cats, for whom dehydration can be a side effect of certain medical conditions.

There are, of course, exceptions for each cat lifestage if there are medical concerns or other issues to address, at which time you should consult with your veterinarian. Your vet can also help you determine the best feeding schedule for your cat including how much to feed at each lifestage as well as when to feed throughout the day. Choosing the best cat food for your best pal will help to keep her healthy, no matter whether she’s young or young at heart.

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Food, Suprising Facts

Slide 1 of 80: “Fact is stranger than fiction” is a saying that definitely applies to some of the weird and wonderful things you’ll find out about food and eating when you dig a little deeper. Indeed, some diet-related facts seem so strange you’ll wonder if they’re true. Here are 79 fact-checked food nuggets that will entertain and surprise you, compiled by loveFOOD's nutritionist Angela Dowden.

Bananas are radioactive and other surprising food facts that are actually true

Honey pretty much never goes off

A glass of orange juice is almost as sugary as a glass of cola

Almonds have twice as much calcium as milk

Red peppers have almost 2.5 times more vitamin C than oranges

Sugar doesn’t make kids hyperactive…

…but brightly colored foods might make kids cranky

Chocolate really doesn’t give you spots

There’s no rule that you have to drink eight glasses of water a day

Beyond 30 your bones don’t get any stronger no matter what you eat

Darker drinks come with more of a hangover

You can still be driving under the influence (DUI) in the morning

Eating late doesn’t make you pile on weight

Your hay fever symptoms can predict food allergies

Plain old vegetable is as good for your heart as olive oil

Around 400 million Tim Tams are sold per year

Potatoes don’t always count towards your five-a-day

Eating cholesterol-rich foods doesn’t raise your blood cholesterol

Just one carrot gives you all of your daily vitamin A

Cucumber is 96.5% water

Washing your greens won’t remove E. coli

Pasta in a salad is less fattening than pasta eaten hot

Some sweeteners can make you poop

A lot of popular fruits belong to the rose family

You can hear rhubarb grow

Cheese is the most stolen food in the world

There are a million bubbles in your glass of Champagne

The sandwich is named after an Earl

Mushrooms are virtually impossible to overcook

Oysters were once a poor man’s food

Lobsters were fed to prisoners

How bees produce honey is extraordinary

You can make chalk from eggshells

Only some countries sell eggs refrigerated

Brazil nuts are super-rich in selenium

White chocolate isn’t really chocolate

Coconut oil has more saturated fat than butter

RC Cola is the most acidic soft drink in America

Guinness World Record eating feats: chocolate eating

You can pay for $214 (£132.64) for grilled cheese in New York

The biggest ever biscuit weighed about the same as a Dalmatian dog

Tea bags were an accident

Tomatoes shouldn’t be kept in the fridge

A bag of potato chips has as much vitamin C as an apple

Mushrooms make vitamin D in sunlight just like we do

Fast food fries often have a dip in sugar water before being cooked

The red food color cochineal comes from crushed insects

Large amounts of nutmeg can cause a hallucinogenic high

A 600ml (20floz) Pepsi and three chocolate-iced Krispy Kreme donuts with sprinkles have the same sugar content

Humans and guinea pigs don’t make vitamin C

Blood can substitute eggs in recipes

Watercress helps your body detox

Americans eat 22lb of onions a year

Hot and cold water sound different when you’re pouring them into a glass

Apples contain a lot of air

Greens should be boiled from hot; potatoes from cold

Carrots can turn you orange

Are those wood shavings in my cheese?

Cream’s fat content varies massively around the world

Eating pulses helps the environment

A humid oven makes softer-crusted bread

Soya milk is one of the few non-dairy milks with a good amount of protein

Bananas are radioactive

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