Lentils for Luck & Wealth in 2016

People around the world have traditions for ringing in the new year. Foods play an important role in the festivities. Many Italians believe that lentils’ coin-like shape represents luck and wealth. For this reason, lentils are served after midnight on New Year’s Eve. They are often accompanied by the spicy pork sausage cotechino and zampone, a pig trotter stuffed with sausage meat.

Parisi’s Deli wishes you and yours a healthy joyous holiday season with best wishes for the new year! Celebrate 2016 in your favorite way and be sure to stop in for our homemade items.

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The Feast of the Seven Fishes “Festa dei sette pesci” is an Italian celebration of Christmas Eve with meals of fish and other seafood. Most families have developed their own traditional way of serving their favorites. There are no hard rules about what should be included and how it should be prepared. Some families serve separate dishes and others will make a fish stew and incorporate a variety of fishes in one dish. Here are some Italian-American favorites:

– Seafood based dip or bruschetta for starter
– Cold seafood salad- squid is a favorite fish to incorporate into a light lemony aioli
– Meaty seafood – shrimp, cod, flounder, tilapia, salmon, bass, lobster – grilled, seared, baked, stuffed
– Pasta with seafood – linquini with clam sauce is a popular favorite
– Seafood stew – tomato based with clams, mussels, octopus, lobster, cod, shrimp, bass, squid – many choices

Parisi Family Deli offers several seafood selections on a regular basis. Tuna salad, tilapia, linguini and clam sauce are popular favorites! It is recommended to reap the health benefits of consuming a variety of seafood 2 times per week. Enjoy pesce for lunch and/or dinner.

Happy holidays to you and your family. Have some pesce and buon appetito!

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We post DAILY SPECIALS on our website for you to check out every day. Be sure to take a look!

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What’s Your Definition of Deli?

Wikipedia defines “delicatessen” in this way:

Delicatessen is a term meaning “delicacies” or “fine foods”. In English, “delicatessen” originally meant only this specially prepared food. In time, the delicatessen store where this food was sold came to be called a delicatessen, and in this sense is often abbreviated to deli.

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How would you define”Deli?”

At Parisi’s Deli, besides great food, you can grab a bite to eat where everyone knows your name. There are very few businesses anymore where you can sit down to eat a meal with friendly faces and staff who serve with a smile on their face. Folks say that they come to Parisi’s Deli to not only eat great food, but they come to enjoy the warm atmosphere and happy times. Visit us at 89 South State Street in Hackensack, New Jersey or give us a call at 201-489-5480 to hear our daily specials!

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Do You Love Eggs?

eggsDo you check ingredient labels of foods to avoid corn syrup and additives and try to eat more whole foods? Whole foods are foods that are closest to their natural state – unprocessed fruit, vegetables, whole grains, eggs, whole fish, skinless poultry and lean red meat. Research shows that dietary patterns that include more whole foods results in higher nutrient intake and an increased quantity of antioxidants.

Start your day with an egg!
Eggs have the highest nutritional quality protein of all food sources. Protein is a source of energy but its main role in the body is growth and repair. It helps in the formation of muscles, hair, nails, skin and organs such as the heart, kidneys and liver. The protein found in eggs is considered to be of the highest quality, providing the right amount and balance of amino acids to match human requirements. Eggs contain over 11 essential vitamins and minerals including:

Selenium – antioxidant which protects our body and immune system
Folate – for growth and maintenance of healthy cells
Biotin – helps cell metabolism and the utilisation of fats, proteins and carbohydrates
Calcium – for building and maintain bones and teeth
Cephalin – a phosphorus-containing lipid found in tissues
Lecithin – contains acetylcholine which has been proven to help brain function
Pantothenic acid (Vitamin B5 ) – releases energy from our food for our body to use
Vitamin B12 – for brain and nervous system functions and blood formation
Vitamin A – for growth and eye health
Iodine – to ensure proper function of our thyroid gland
Vitamin E – antioxidant to protect our bodies against disease
Phosphorous – helps build strong bones and teeth
Iron – to produce haemoglobin which carries oxygen around our bodies
Thiamine – to turn carbohydrates into energy our body can use
Zinc – helps in growth, wound healing, blood formation and maintenance of tissues
Vitamin D – important in bone health

Order up your power-packed egg at Parisi’s Deli for your breakfast. Start your day with a great whole food at your friendly neighborhood breakfast place!

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Did you say “Hold the tomato?”

tomatoMost Americans love tomatoes and there is good reason to. New Jersey has some of the best tomatoes in the world! They are great to munch on just as they are (add a bit of salt and oh so good!) or tomatoes are used in salads, on sandwiches, crushed for sauces, baked in casseroles, diced into salsas and the list goes on.

They are packed full of nutrients and have no fat! One medium tomato is about 22 calories, 0 grams of fat, 5 grams of carbohydrate (including 1 gram of fiber and 3 grams of sugar) and 1 gram of protein. Tomatoes are a rich source of vitamins A and C and folic acid. Tomatoes contain alpha-lipoic acid, lycopene, choline, folic acid, beta-carotene and lutein.

The nutrients and antioxidants found in tomatoes are linked to preventing many common health issues such as cancer, prostate cancer, colorectal cancer, high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes and depression. Eating fruits and vegetables every day gives you a better chance for good health and weight control. Tomatoes can be incorporated into omelets, in soups, with cheese, eaten with dips, as a bruschetta on toast and, of course, in Sunday sauce (or Sunday gravy). Enjoy!

Parisi’s Family Deli is located at 89 South State Street, Hackensack, NJ 07601. Established in 1946, Parisi’s is one of the oldest operational delis in the area. Parisi’s offers quick service and food that will keep you coming back for more. Add the great prices with friendly people and you have a great recipe for the perfect place to eat.

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Where’s the Mutz?

mozzarella di bufala con pomodori e basilicoMozzarella was first made in Italy near Naples from the rich milk of water buffalos. Because it was not made from pasteurized milk and because there was little or no refrigeration, the cheese had a very short shelf-life and seldom left the southern region of Italy near Naples where it was made.

Today, mozzarella can be found at your local shop in different forms. Two types of mozzarella are produced in the USA. Low moisture mozzarella that has a moisture content of less than 50% and high moisture mozzarella that contains more than 52%. The former was developed in the USA to fit our transportation and distribution systems, and it has been available in grocery stores for years. This is the cheese that the huge factories produce for the pizza industry. Fresh mozzarella is different. It is soft and moist and more perishable.

What distinguishes a superior fresh mozzarella from the rest of the pack? Taste! The cheese should taste fresh and reminiscent of milk. It should be mild and delicate. Some say it is bland, yet there is flavor. There should be a hint of sourness. If it tastes too tart or sour the cheese is past its prime. The color should be white; however, seasonally the cheese can be more yellow due to the cows’ diet of grasses. The fresher the cheese, the more elastic and springy the curd. As the cheese ages it becomes more and more soft. The perishability of fresh mozzarella varies according to packaging. Vacuum sealing extends the shelf life dramatically.

What is your favorite way to enjoy the “mutz” – is it on a sandwich with soppressata or just sliced with roasted red pepper or tomato? Stop in at Hackensack’s Parisi’s Deli for your mozzarella favorite!

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Survival Tips For The Holiday Season

holidayWe have so much to be thankful for this holiday season! Follow these six survival tips to stay healthy and fit through the holidays and the celebrations that go along with them.

1. Avoid skipping meals period, but especially on the day of events. If you think you are saving calories by not eating before your event, you are setting yourself up to over indulge and will wind up taking in more calories instead. On the day of a special occasion, have your breakfast, snacks and lunch, but make sure they are well rounded and nutrient dense foods like: eggs with spinach and fruit, apple with nuts and a salad with grilled chicken.

2. Maintain your exercise routine. Your calendar can get busy with festivities, shopping, seeing family and your normal everyday life. Each week, look at your calendar to schedule in your workout. Schedule as you would a very important meeting! Because it is. Interval training or high intensity interval training can be an efficient way to get a higher burn in a shorter time. You will also be burning more calories for as long 48 hours after you train. Make sure to exercise the day of events and day after for sure.

3. Plan ahead. Find recipes to make meals and freeze for the week(s) that you know you will be too busy for. You will avoid deferring to take out or worse!

4. When at parties, fill your plate with the healthy stuff first. That way there is little room for junk. Get involved in conversations and avoid standing by food displays.

5. Do enjoy yourself and set realistic goals. Enjoy the fresh baked apple pie, but avoid the store bought junk. Allow yourself some of the festivities, but within reason and not regularly.

6. Wash your hands often. Especially after you take public transportation, use any public area and before you leave the gym. This will greatly reduce risk of infection.

Most of all, have a fun and healthy season with your friends and family. Give thanks for what you do have and celebrate the relationships that support you and bring you joy. Happy Holidays from the Parisi Family and contact Parisi’s Deli for your holiday catering.

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Add Green Leafy To Your Healthy!

iStock_000005503907XSmallDr. Mercola reports that kale is a powerhouse veggie loaded with vitamin A, vitamin K, vitamin C, antioxidants, and minerals. Kale has anti-inflammatory properties that may help prevent arthritis, heart disease, and autoimmune diseases, plant-based omega-3 fats for building cell membranes, cancer-fighting sulforaphane and indole-3-carbinol and an impressive number of beneficial flavonoids.

Many people have difficulty consuming enough vitamins and minerals, but this becomes simple if you eat kale regularly. Most notably, one cup of kale contains over 10,000 IUs of vitamin A, most of which is delivered the form of natural beta-carotene, as well as significant amounts of vitamin K.

And as far as calcium is concerned, one cup of kale will give you 90 milligrams in a highly bioavailable form. One calcium bioavailability study found that calcium from kale was 25% better absorbed than calcium from milk.

Here is a great recipe for you to try: kale soup1kale soup2

Parisi’s Deli in Hackensack cooks with love with your health in mind. Stop in to try some of our family recipes! Our neighborhood deli welcomes its visitors with open arms!

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Do You Have a Favorite Pasta?

flagPasta is loved by most. There are so many different types of pasta, a staple dish of Italian cuisine. The extensive variety of shapes, sizes, colors and ingredients can be seen as you peruse the aisles of your favorite market.

So many new and interesting varieties (squid ink, for example) are readily available and restaurants can turn a ho-hum dish into something elegant and unique.

The traditional ingredients are flour, durum wheat flour, semolina, egg, and salt. The gluten free generation can enjoy as well with pasta made from rice flour and quinoa. The possibilities are endless. It goes back to the fact that people LOVE PASTA!

Pasta shapes include all forms of spaghetti, ribbon cuts, short cuts, decorative cuts, minute pastas, stuffed pastas, irregular shaped pastas… and the list goes on. Italian pasta names often end with the masculine plural suffixes -ini, -elli, -illi, -etti or the feminine plurals -ine, -elle etc., all conveying the sense of “little”; or with -oni, -one, meaning “large”. Many other suffixes like -otti (“largish”) and -acci (“rough”, “badly made”) are used too.

Each pasta works well with a specific type of sauce. For example, a thick ragu is typically used with a dense pasta and a light pesto or oil and garlic wash is used with angel hair. Most popular sauces are marinara, meat, alfredo, pesto, vodka (pink cream with a hint of alcohol that is cooked off), clam, primavera, cheese and almost any sauce that is full of garlic.

Do you have a favorite pasta and sauce combination? Be adventurous and try cooking with some new varieties that you haven’t used before. Bow ties (farfalle) work well with both heavy cream based sauces and light oil based sauces. Wagon wheels (rotelle) are fun and need a thicker sauce since the shape doesn’t hold onto one easily. If you love spaghetti, try the quinoa variety. The health benefits are amazing! Penne can be found in many varieties too!

Pasta is served for lunch and dinner and hot or cold. Stop in Parisi’s Deli and see what pasta and sauces we have today. You’ll be happy that you did!

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