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New Years Healthy Foods: 7 Lucky Recipes

I had way too much fun writing this post on New Years healthy foods. All the symbolism reminded me of high school English class… which I actually enjoyed. (Yes, really. Where else can you write a 7-page research paper comparing Shakespeare to Star Wars?)

Below are seven healthy recipes that, thanks to their symbolically “lucky” qualities, would be perfect for New Years. (To see the recipes, just click on the photos.)

apple pancakes

Apple Pie Pancakes

Why it’s a lucky New Years food: Apples are a symbol of fertility, pleasure, and love. They reveal a five-point star when cut across the middle, which represents a balanced life.

grasshopper pie

Grasshopper Pie

A lucky New Years food because: Greens symbolize money and prosperity in the new year. This grasshopper pie is melt-in-your-mouth rich, yet it has a secretly-healthy ingredient (no, not avocado) that offers vitamins and minerals at the same time.

healthy cornbread

Healthy Cornbread

Why it’s considered a New Year’s lucky food: Cornbread’s golden color represents… wait for it… gold! Adding extra corn kernels, to symbolize golden nuggets, heightens the luck of this recipe.

lentil sloppy joes

Lentil Sloppy Joes

Why they’re New Years healthy foods: Lentils represent coins (and thus wealth and good luck in the new year). They also swell when cooked, which represents a prosperous life.

green noodles

Green Noodles

Why they’re a lucky New Years recipe: Long noodles symbolize a long life. And greens symbolize wealth and good fortune. Therefore these green noodles are doubly lucky.

vegan kale

Ginger Kale

Why they’re New Years healthy foods: As mentioned above, greens are representative of money and wealth. And kale’s status as a healthy superfood contributes to the luck (in a more tangible way for those who don’t believe in superstition).

cinnamon pie

Cinnamon Roll Pie

A lucky New Years food because: Ring-shaped cakes symbolize unity, continuity, and coming full circle. Just like lentils, beans are seen to represent coins, bringing you good luck in the new year.

Question of the Day:

Are there any foods that are traditionally part of your New Years celebration each year?

For me, I guess there are only two constants on New Years: chocolate and champagne. Nothing comes up when I google “chocolate lucky on New Years”… but really now, when is chocolate ever not lucky?

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Published on December 29, 2013

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  1. Sophie says

    Mmmmm…noodles, cornbread and pancakes? Talk about starting the year on a good note. This year we’re planning on making hoppin’ johns…which are actually black eyed peas and kale greens for wealth and prosperity. But if that’s not what the year has in store for me, I’ll gladly settle for a big mug of vegan hot chocolate. Now THAT would make me feel lucky. 🙂

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  2. Liz says

    Ironically, I made a full crock of lentil soup to eat this week…so bring on the prosperity, wealth, and luck!! However, I may have to make the apple pie pancakes for a good morning start on Wednesday 😉

    Also, did you know there’s a William Shakespeare’s Star Wars book? I only mention it because you mentioned them in the same sentence, and because it’s what my sister got me for Christmas. Seemed fitting!

  3. Cristina says

    Answer to Question of the Day:

    Ever since I moved to the Southeast, I learned that eating black-eyed peas and collard greens symbolize financial luck for the new year. The peas represent coins and the greens represent dollar bills. Black-eyed peas happen to be my favorite beans and I’ve eaten this dish on New Year’s Day for a long time with my homemade cornbread. No huge luck 🙁 has come my way, but I can always dream : ) In the meantime, I like the idea and love this food!

  4. Kate says

    Yum, that ginger kale looks excellent! How have I not thought to experiment with kale and Asian flavors before? Have a Happy New Year 🙂

  5. Beth B says

    Being from the South, I’ve always started the New Year with black-eyed peas for good luck in the coming year. I would call it a “tradition” rather than “superstition”! As an adult, I enjoy collard greens with the peas. It’s amazing what a splash of balsamic vinegar does for for a serving of the greens. Delicious!

  6. Stefanie says

    Haha, I don’t believe in the superstition, but my family insists on Black Eyed Peas. I always hated them when I was a kid because they were made with ham, so I need to find a good vegan black eyed pea recipe! Or maybe I can get them to buy into lentils or long noodles…
    Happy New Year!

  7. Emilylovesraisins says

    Haha this is so funny! I don’t believe in superstitions but as tradition my family always eats this amazing Korean soup. Soooooo good.

  8. Melissa says

    Those look really good!! Especially the pancakes and the noodles.
    My New Year’s day traditional foods are black eyed peas, greens, cornbread and a sweet and sour tomato relish that is delicious with beans – it was my grandmother’s recipe.
    I think the reason that you couldn’t find any links for chocolate and luck is that it’s just a given – everyone knows that chocolate is the perfect food, there-by bringing good luck to everyone that eats it! I think I better make chocolate a new New Year’s day tradition!

  9. Kelly says

    In Vietnam we have sticky rice cake with mung bean and mushroom filling. The process of making it is so complex! On the last day of the year, we cook them in a giant pot over charcoal and they take about 10 hours to cook! Not to mention we have to take turn to stay up all night and add more coal when its needed. But they are worthed in the end 🙂

  10. Honeybird says

    Yes, we do have traditional foods for new year!
    They are called ‘oliebollen’ , and we also make beignets.
    Oliebollen are basically a risen dough, with extra ingredients such as raisins or fruits like apple or banana added, and deepfried. Best eaten with powdered sugar. They look like this: http://keukensprookjes.blogspot.nl/2013/01/gelukkig-nieuwjaar.html
    Beignets are sliced ring of fruit (mostly apple or pineapple), coated in cinnamonsugar, battered and deepfried.
    The last day of the year consists mostly of baking these goods. I come up with at least ten different flavours to make, so the whole table will be full. A lot of people come over to grab some of our oliebollen (they are also called ‘Dutch Doughnuts’.
    Everyone will be eating those during the day, so I don’t cook a whole meal in the evening, just stuff the table with little tapas-like things. Like crackers and salad and soup.
    And we have champagne at midnight. But I don’t drink :P, so I’ll get some applejuice or something.
    Happy Newyear!!

  11. Melody Bold says

    The only traditional thing we make on New Year’s Day is New Year’s Cookies. Nee Yash Koaka is how it’s pronounced or sometimes Noy Yarse Kuchen, depending if your family speaks Platt Deutsch or High German. They are really more like drop doughnuts than cookies, as they are a yeast dough with raisins. It is dropped by tablespoonfuls into hot oil and fried to a golden brown, then drained and shaken with either powdered or granulated sugar, again, depending on your background. Either way is delicious and they are absolutely best eaten warm. I make these only once a year because they are not ‘healthy!’

  12. Toni says

    I had never thought about the symbolism of the particular foods I eat before. Thanks for opening my eyes to a new perspective. These recipes look so good. I think I need to try a few of them for New Year’s Day. Lentil Sloppy Joes sounds especially yummy right now.
    Have a happy New Year!

  13. trajayjay says

    This is very creative. I wonder why people ascribe certain symbols, values, etc. to foods. Perhaps we need to feel whole when we eat?

    As for the q of the day, I think egg rolls are my family’s holiday food. They’re uniquely cultural.

  14. Jenny says

    Being Japanese-American, we have soba on New Year’s Eve. Then we have ozoni (soup with mochi and other vegetables inside) on New Year’s Day. We also eat konbu maki (pork wrapped in seaweed) and kuromame (sweet black beans, often with chestnuts).

  15. Colleen Grossner says

    What a delicious post, Katie!!! Thank you for all that you do! I’m hoping you’ve hit the soccer fields!! I started again a few months ago, after about a 4 yr break, and I am LOVING it!! I bet you will too! Happy New Year!!

  16. Emma says

    Green pistachio truffles- green for the $$, chocolate for the =) =) bam.

    And, chocolate was used as currency- time to bring back that trend!

  17. Marie says

    We always used to make mini hot dogs wrapped in crescent roll dough and baked in the oven. I loved them! Blech… 😉

  18. Becca says

    As a high school English teacher, I share your love of symbolism. 🙂 I’m eyeing that kale recipe– I love your dessert recipes, but have yet to try the other ones!

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