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Ginger Kale

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. One can never have too much luck.

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

At around 9PM, I set off to start the night, which included lots of noise and 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!

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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.


How did you spend your New Year’s Eve?

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

Published on January 2, 2011

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  1. *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.

  2. 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!

  3. 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.

  4. Jess of Midwest Vegan says

    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!

  5. 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!

  6. 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 😉

  7. Christin@purplebirdblog says

    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! 🙂

  8. grocery goddess jen says

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

  9. melissa @ the delicate place says

    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

  10. 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. 🙁

  11. 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. 😉

  12. 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!

  13. Emma (Sweet Tooth Runner) says

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

  14. Embodying Freedom says

    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.

  15. Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) says

    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!

    • Chocolate-Covered Katie says

      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? 😉

  16. Mary @ Bites and Bliss says

    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!

  17. 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.

  18. 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

  19. 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

  20. Jess@atasteofconfidence says

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

  21. 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!

  22. 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.

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