Are you a homebody or partier on NYE? Maybe if we lived in a city/didn't have to be in a car to get home, we'd go to a party or bar. But in surburia, I'm pretty low key for New Year's Eve; we usually go out for dinner to our favorite place, just the two of us, and then get home early to go through our memory jar and watch the ball drop. And this year we're also going to work through the Desire Map workbook - I'm pumped! Whether you're hosting a party or chillin' at home, you'll need to eat, so I've compiled 7 foods to bring you luck in the new year (recipes below).
Note: it turns out that are a few foods you should avoid on Jan. 1 if you're superstitious... Lobsters walk backwards so they're said to cause setbacks. And similarly, chickens scratch the ground with a little kick-kick behind them, so eating chicken may bring regret or dwelling on the past. I'd love to hear if you have different food traditions for New Year's - let me know on Facebook or Instagram.
- Greens: No, not a health coach ploy to get everyone to eat more greens, I promise! Greens are associated with your finances because they look like paper money. Tradition says the more greens you eat on Jan 1, the more money you'll make in the year. So many options –spinach, collards, kale, chard, arugula, cabbage, bok choy, etc.
- Legumes: This one is also related to financial luck, because beans resemble small coins (I think it's a stretch), and because dried beans almost double in size when cooked = abundance + growth (I like this logic better). This is an international tradition with varying favorites depending on the region – eg. black-eyed peas in the southern US, lentils in Brazil and Italy.
- Grapes:A Spanish tradition requires you eat 12 grapes, one at each strike of the clock at midnight (I suggest maybe going slower - choking on grapes is definitely not good luck!) Each grape represents a month of the year, and it is said that the sweetness or sourness will match how that month will be. Ie. If the 5th grape is super sour, May might suck, to put it bluntly. Pre-prep by skewering 12 grapes for each guest, ready to chomp at midnight. And champagne is made from grapes, so you know the flavors work together ;)
- Ring-shaped-food: Get creative - think bundt cake, bagels, pineapple slices. These represent the year coming full circle, representing the cyclical nature of life.
- Noodles: The longer the better. <That's what she said!> In Japan and China, soba noodles are eaten for longevity, but you can pick your favorite noodle variety. The key is to slurp it into your mouth without the noodle breaking!
- Coin-shaped-food: Another chance to think "outside the box," cookies, mini pies, pancakes, and zucchini, summer squash, carrot, cucumber circles/slices. Prosperity is the theme again!
- Pomegranate: Pomegranates represent abundance and fertility. In some countries the tradition requires you smash a pomegranate on the ground, and the more seeds that fall out = the more luck you'll have that year. Easy way to add them to your NY festivities is put a few perils in the bottom of champagne glasses.
7 ways to eat those lucky foods: Collards and black-eyed-pea soup Lentil, pomegranate, chard salad Kale caesar saladLentil chili (easy and scalable!) Peanut soba noodlesGreek yogurt pancakes (if you make them small they look like gold coins) Potato pancakesApple bundt cake
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