Sunday, December 30, 2012

Healthy PR "Antipasto" & NY Traditions

On to more puertorrican meal traditions... This dish was a staple appetizer for every birthday party, end of school year classroom party, weddings, Christmas, thanksgiving, or any "get together" I attended as a child in PR.  I recall "gluing" my self to the Antipasto and Ritz crackers platter, finishing it, begging for more and then being heartbroken when this dish was all gone. I have not had Antipasto in a while and happened to have all of the ingredients for it at home...decided to make a healthier version of it for the holiday season.

Antipasto

Ingredients:
1 cup of diced green olives
1 small jar of roasted red peppers (diced)
1 tbsp of minced garlic
1/2 cup of diced onion 
1/2 cup of diced celery
1/2 cup of diced mushrooms
1/2 cup of diced carrots
1 large pickle (diced)
2 cans of albacore tuna (in water)
1/2 cup of tomato sauce or ketchup
1/2 cup of olive oil
1/4 cup of raw apple cider vinegar
2 Truvia packets
1 t. of dry oregano
a pinch of salt
pepper to taste
2 bay leaves

Directions:
Small dice all of the ingredients.  Turn on your stove to medium/low heat.  In a medium size pan add in 1 tbsp of oil, onions, carrots, mushrooms, and garlic, season with salt and pepper and cook until the onions are clear and the celery and carrots are cooked.   Add in the rest of your ingredients and a little more salt and pepper.  Cover your pan and lower the temperature to low.  Leave on low for 15 to 20 minutes, stirring it every 5 minutes or so the idea is to let all the flavors mingle for a while.  Give it a taste, adjust salt, pepper or Truvia to taste. After 15-20 minutes remove from heat and let it cool for 5 minutes.  You can store the Antipasto in mason jars and could be served either hot or cold. 
 It is truly delicious!

Serve along gluten free crackers!
 No matter where I live,  I always have cravings for puertorrican food over the holidays.  I am just so blessed to have had a childhood full of so many great memories and traditions (especially during the holidays) that I can now share with my multicultural family. LOL

Speaking of traditions what are some of your NY Eve/Day traditions?  Any resolutions for 2013?  Other than joining me to another Whole Foods-No Crap Challenge? LOL 
Here's one of mine...
 "Arroz con Gandules"

Actually, I have a few things that I like to do on my last day of the year.  One thing I have to do is clean my house, sheets, windows, bathroom, floors a good deep clean.  Another folktale in Puerto Rico states that how you welcome the New Year is how the rest of the year will go for you.  "Out with the old and let in the new".  So it is recommended that your wardrobe to welcome the NY is NEW!  I am sure this tradition was implemented by a woman, because we can always use another excuse to go shopping!

Another tradition is to wear new underwear to welcome the new year.  It is said that for females the color of underwear/clothing you wear represents good luck in different areas.  For example: red underwear signifies romance and love; white underwear is for health, fertility and tranquility; and yellow/gold is for success and money.  I will be wearing all of these colors.  Another thing we like to do is skip the Champagne at midnight and do 12 grapes instead!  The 12 grapes represent the next 12 months of the NY.  You are to start eating your grapes 12 seconds before the New Year begins, and say the month you are consuming the grape for prior to eating it.  If you drop or fail to eat a grape for a particular month, this signifies bad luck for that month.  You could also do 12 wishes instead of months.  I personally think the grapes are a lot more fun than Champagne, kids love this one too!

Do you have any unique NY traditions? 
Share them below!!

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