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Did y’all have a good New Year’s Eve?

I always feel so strange on New Year’s Eve because I’m just getting ready to go out around the time I normally am ready for bed! This year, before leaving for a party, I ate a healthy dinner, making sure to incorporate at least one “lucky” food:

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The “lucky” food was my Ginger-Cashew Kale. And yes, I did also make the gumbo I wrote about a few days ago, but that was part of my New-Year’s-Day lucky dinner.

Ginger-Cashew Kale

(serves 1)

  • 1 and 1/2 cups cooked or frozen kale (120g)
  • 1-2 tbsp sesame ginger salad dressing (such as Newman’s Own)
  • Raw or roasted cashews, sliced
  • grated fresh ginger, optional

If the kale is frozen, microwave the kale for 2 minutes, then add the salad dressing and stir. Throw in some cashews and the ginger, if using. I usually like this cold, but it’s good hot, too.

Also eaten: grilled veggies, tomatoes, and Home Alone Pilaf.

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grilled veggies vegan

Grilled veggies? In December? Yes, mother nature threw a 60-degree day in, so I had to take advantage. For the pilaf, I used rye flakes, but I’ve also tried it with kamut flakes, oats, barley flakes, and even spelt flakes.

Then, finally, at around 9PM, I set off to start the night, which included lots of noise and lots of dancing. I was super-tired by the time I climbed into bed (around 2:30AM), but it was so worth it. And I was the designated driver, which meant no hangover!

How did you spend your New Year’s Eve?

Did you eat anything off the List of Lucky New Year Foods?

Katie is the baker, photographer, and author of the popular blog Chocolate-Covered Katie. Her favorite food is chocolate, and she believes in eating a balanced diet that includes dessert every single day. More about Katie—> 
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  1. Camille says:

    I was a lazy girl on NYE. In fact, we didn’t even stay up until midnight :) I’m just an old fart!

  2. i was in bed by 1am on nye but i had fun anyway and no hangover for me (just not worth it). also, i swear it takes me 2 days to recover anyway lol

  3. *Andrea* says:

    i went out to a bar with hs friends in boston and went to bed around 3am at the hotel we shared… i drank but only 1-2 vodka drinks and 1 champagne flute, enough for me (not for the others ha). anyways, this meal looks deeeeeelicious. i absolutely love pilaf and bulghur, etc.

  4. Picky Nicky says:

    I also had my lucky kale on new years eve but in the form of a green monster :)
    Happy new year!

  5. Gina says:

    I ate some poms on NYE because you said they were eaten by the Greeks and symbolized prosperity! Couldn’t hurt right?

    I also ate some Peanut Butter Pie. Ahh-may-zing!

  6. Thetreadmilldiaries says:

    Love the colors in your meal and dish. They make for a great pic. The hubby and I had a pretty low key new Year’s Eve celebration so we’d be in good shape for our New Year’s day 5k race. We had a blast with it.

  7. My boyfriend and I started off the New Year with a nice homemade spicy juice made with lots of greens including kale and spinach. Hopefully, luck can come in liquid form. :) And no hangover for me, I felt great!

  8. I wass LAZZZYY – i had quite a chill celebration, but it was perfect for how i was feeling! your partying sounds like a blast 😀

  9. I had a pretty similar NYE – went to a bar with friends and danced up a storm. But I almost didn’t get in because I accidentally brought the wrong ID! But my friend helped me sneak into the bar!

  10. Moni'sMeals says:

    Just wanted to say Happy New Year Katie!

    Great Kale recipe here, yum! I also posted Kale recently. It is the best!

    We ate amazing food and champagne and felt great the next day, love that. 😉

  11. I loooove kale – will have to try your recipe!

    I spent New Year’s Eve making tamales with my mom, and then I went to bed around 9 (ya, boring – but that’s pretty late for someone who usually goes to bed between 7 and 8 :) . Glad you had a good New Years!

  12. Maryann says:

    We started the night early so I didnt have time to eat any of the lucky foods (or dinner for that matter) but I did eat a chocolate coconut Luna bar, which was delicious. Your food looks amazing as usual!

  13. I don’t like New Year’s Eve as much as most people because I hate going out so late!

  14. Sounds like you had an amazing night! :)
    And I had grapes! Don’t think I had exactly twelve(?) though…
    HAPPY NEW YEAR KATIE! 😀

  15. Anna B says:

    I fed my brother and dad vegan versions of our traditional New Year’s food (fried doughballs), we played monopoly and watched the new year’s eve comedy show. Good times :)

    Oh, and for dinner… grilled veggies with quinoa 😉

    1. Aw what a lucky brother and dad to have someone make them vegan food. Plus… Monopoly!! Best game ever :).

  16. Yummy!
    We went to our friend’s house for New Year!!

  17. I’d be lying if said I wasn’t fantasizing about those blueberry larabars. In Austin I still have never even found the chocolate chip flavors, so I’m probably never going to get to try the blueberry one either! I don’t know what in the world is wrong with our stores here… I’ve looked everywhere! Harumph! :)

    1. Wha?? Seriously? In Austin? LOL I was in love with your WF when I went there. I think I even got lost in it; it’s so huge!

      1. I know!?!? You’d think our giant WF would have those dang bars, but noooooo. And not Sprouts, not Wheatsville, not Sun Harvest. It’s a conspiracy! :)

  18. grocery goddess jen says:

    I hung out with friends and family – and actually watched the ball drop! I’m usually asleep by ten pm!

  19. Blog is the New Black says:

    My NYE was spent on the couch, and I fell asleep before the ball dropped. Oops! 😉

  20. Krystina (Basil & Wine) says:

    Lol, I spent it flying, buying underwear because I couldn’t check my bag that had underwear in it, enjoying a delicious dinner, and passing out at 9PM because I was exhausted. :(