Are you ready to welcome in a new year? I am pretty sure that part of your mind is already thinking ahead to New Year’s Eve or New Year’s Day. For many people, New Year’s Eve is all about going out to party. For some, however, it will still be a time to prepare food for friends and family. If you are in that second group, why not make New Year’s Eve even more fun by serving food that is traditionally considered to be lucky? Lucky food for the New Year. How can you beat that?
What is considered as lucky food for New Year’s Eve? The answer depends on your orientation and where you are located. My personal experience has taught me that you need to have all the round things that you can find in order to attract prosperity during the incoming year. Hence, we always had bunches of round fruits at the table. Why don’t we take a look at lucky food for New Year’s Eve from different parts of the world?
This tradition comes from Asia, as you may have surmised. The idea is that the noodles represent long life, and if you eat noodles on New Year’s Ever (or Day), you will have a long life. There is a condition, though: you cannot break the noodles until all the strands are in your mouth!
If you like noodle-based dishes, then you’re in luck. You can serve all you want come your New Year party, and have a pretty good reason for it!
Worried that you have no idea how to make a noodle dish? Here’s the easiest thing you make: Easy Ramen Noodle Bowl. While you only have to buy a pre-packed Oriental noodle mix, I think it still counts as lucky food.
For the real deal, you can grab some rice noodles the next time you go to the supermarket. Use the rice noodles to make Gingery Shrimp and Noodles. Alternatively, you can use soba noodles to make Miso-Glazed Scallops with Soba Noodles.
Now don’t forget: make sure you don’t break the noodles till you have them inside your mouth!
Pork and Cabbage
This is new for me. Before I wrote this post, I never thought of pork and cabbage as lucky food for the New Year. Apparently, in Texas, this is the tradition! You do not have to mix the two ingredients together for Lady Luck to smile on you, but I suppose it would not hurt.
The easiest – and most versatile – thing to make with cabbage is coleslaw. Take your pick from the plethora of coleslaw recipes out there. Here are some interesting ones that you can try for the best of luck in 2012.
If you want to mix the pork and cabbage together, you can always go for this German Pork & Cabbage Casserole. For sure, if Lady Luck has a taste of it, she will bestow more than your fair share of luck!
Legumes such as beans, peas, and lentils are considered lucky food for the New Year, thanks to their being symbols of money. After all, isn’t prosperity one of the most commonly wished for things at this time of the year?
For dinner, if you’re serving soup to start the meal, why not make this Collard Green & Black-Eyed Pea Soup? It does not take much effort and has less than 200 calories! If you’re from the southern part of the US, you’ll already be thinking of Hoppin’ John, which also makes use of black-eyed peas. This is traditional lucky food in that part of the world.
Other dishes with legumes which you can make for your New Year’s festivities:
FishAs much as I love my meat, I also like having fish in my diet. If you have the same preference, you’d be glad to know that fish is considered lucky food for the New Year. This is due to the “fact” that the scales of fish resemble money. Additionally, fish normally swim in schools, which is symbolic of abundance. How much luckier can you get?
If you can find red snapper, I suggest that you pay the price for it. This awesome fish will certainly start the year right for you! Here are two recipes to choose from: Red Snapper and Dumplings and Red Snapper Fillets.
For tuna lovers, there is an abundance of choices. Start off with a simple dish of Teriyaki Tuna. In 10 minutes, your meal will be ready! Use your indoor grill for this: Grilled Tuna Steaks with Green Onions and Orange Butter, and your guests will not even know it only took you 20 minutes! For Asian flavors, make Honey and soy-glazed tuna. And to make sure you get maximum luck, mix tuna and noodles: Southwest Tuna Noodle Bake Recipe.
With these lucky food items, you certainly will start 2012 right. Happy New Year, everyone. Keep on cooking!