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

  2. 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!

  3. 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

  4. *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.

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

  6. 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. :(

  7. Picky Nicky says:

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

  8. 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!

  9. 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.

  10. 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!

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

  12. 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!

  13. 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. 😉

  14. 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!

  15. 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!

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

  17. Lucky New Year’s dinner=black eyed peas and cornbread. Always!!!!

  18. Sounds like you had an amazing night! :)
    And I had grapes! Don’t think I had exactly twelve(?) though…

  19. I ate white chocolate macadamia cookies, frozen pizzas, and drank margaritas with my friends until 5am. Might not be the luckiest health-wise, but I’d say it was a winning combination. Thumbs up.

  20. 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 :).

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

  22. 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! :)

  23. I love your lucky foods :) I did happen to have some kale the other day, so I guess I am green and lucky too…haha!

    I worked NYE so that was my big excitement. Not. I love that you went out. And started much later than usual. All you early 20something girls who are usually in bed by like 10pm crack me up…you need to come to San Diego and I’ll keep you up past your bedtime!

    1. Wait, an offer to come to San Diego? I’m already there! Haha my friend’s motto is “I’ll sleep when I die.” She’s silly, but I sometimes have to remind myself not to get too obsessive about my health that it starts to interfere with having fun. ‘Cause who’s healthy if they’re not happy too, right? 😉

  24. I spent my new year’s eve at a friends house dancing right up until the ball dropped. 😛 And I’m the same way, going out at bed time’s a weird feeling!

  25. Melissa says:

    You’re driving?!… How old are you? I could’ve sworn you were 16 or 17 at most!
    Anyways, looks yummy!

    1. LOL! I’m actually in my 20s :).

  26. Namaste Gurl says:

    I spent my New Years eve working– sadly– then falling asleep to The Notebook while drinking sugar cookie tea :-) Quiet New Years Eve, just the way me likes.

  27. Liz says:

    I would kill for grilled veggies. Unfortunately, It’s around -10 degrees up here. : /

    1. Yikes! I guess I shouldn’t complain about it being in the 20s here!

  28. Jennifer says:

    Happy New Year, Katie!

    Very much like you, it is always strange for me to be going out at 9pm when I am ready to go to bed, though there is a level at which it feels like an adventure. Anyway, just went to my grandparents’ house. They throw a New Years’ Eve party every year and I would be disowned if I went anywhere else for New Years’.

    Best wishes for the new year!

    1. Hehe aww I wish my grandparents were cool like that and threw a New Year party! :)

  29. Jess says:

    I spent mine with family, eating roasted veggies, and playing Scrabble! I’m a party animal 😉

  30. BroccoliHut says:

    You’ve inspired me to get some red onion this week–I’ve forgotten how pretty it looks on a plate!

  31. Disturbed says:

    Well I had collard greens, black eyed peas, and lentils. So, I hope that means this will be a great year lol-I need it.

  32. Ashley C says:

    Im from the south so our lucky dinners include collard greens (for lots of money in the new year) and black eyed peas (for lots of coins) I really dont like either but i had a spoonful of each in hopes of good fortune this year. I cooked up some yummy butternut squash just becuase its lucky to me in the fact that its SOOO good!! haha

  33. I went to a party on new years eve night, and we went to our traditional movie and dinner on new years day!

  34. Fi says:

    happppy new year!!!!! i didnt eat any “lucky” foods persay, but i did come 3rd in a big poker game on NYE so i must have done something right!! xxx

  35. Claire says:

    Haha I’m like you in ragards to the early bed time, before I got out I usually have to have a nap because it’s so late. For New Years Eve i went to a party at a friends house, we watched the fireworks in the city from a park near his place then went back and talked until 2:00 by the pool. Bed (also at 2:30) was most welcome!

  36. Mike says:

    This looks really good. I’ll stick with a fork though so as to be able to get the food in my mouth without having to lift the plate to my mouth.