We love the promise that comes with the start of the New Year: a fresh beginning, exciting plans for the future, and, of course, the knowledge that the days will (eventually) get longer and warmer. Among the many New Years rituals, our favorite has to do with food, but it also has to do with luck. Across the globe, different cultures honor myriad traditions associated with bringing good luck in the coming year. So basically, eat at least one of these lucky foods, have a great year. Cheers to good fortune in 2018!
Black eyed peas
If you’re in the south over New Year’s, you’ll most likely feast on hoppin’ John, a dish of black eyed peas and rice flavored with pork and onions. The small, beige-hued bean has a distinctive black “eye” in the middle, and is considered auspicious because of its apparent resemblance to a coin. They’re prominently featured in this Plated dish, too!
Long life noodles
Long, chewy, and endlessly versatile, long life noodles are one of our go-to ingredients when cooking up Chinese-inspired dishes. They are also a good luck item in Chinese culture, as the long strands celebrate good luck for a long, unbroken life. Lucky for you, you can order long life noodles from Plated right now.
In Spain, eating grapes—exactly 12, in fact—is a good luck tradition at midnight on New Year’s Eve. The 12 grapes signify the 12 strokes of midnight and are said to bring good fortune.
At Plated, we love using grapes in savory ways, like in this braised chicken with roasted potatoes.
After holiday indulgences, you may be craving lots of leafy greens to start the year out right. Greens are a very fortuitous thing to munch on, as they resemble another favored green—money! This Plated recipe goes all in on the kale—you’re gonna want it.
A traditional symbol of fertility, pomegranates are also a good luck food in Greece. When the New Year arrives, the fruit is smashed on the floor to reveal its seeds. The more seeds = the more prosperity and luck.
The circular shape of ringed foods like bagels and doughnuts is said to mimic the year having come full circle. Not only are they considered good luck, they also happen to be deliciously satisfying breakfast items. Fake it ’til you make it with this Harissa-Roasted Acorn Squash dish from Plated. Hey, it has kale in it, too!
Lentils are yet another food which are said to resemble money, and therefore ensure good fortune in the year ahead. Resembling certain coins, lentils are a hearty and advantageous food with which to ring in the new year. This lentil salad will do the trick.
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