5 Good Luck Foods for the New Year

December 28, 2020

Even if New Year’s Eve looks a little different this year, one thing that we all still has is FOOD! I love family food traditions surrounding the holidays, whether it’s toasting with kid-friendly mocktails or or devouring a hearty brunch spread of Sweet and Savory Waffles or Stuffed French Toast, I love the idea of making the most of our celebratory meals this year.

I think we’re all anxious to set ourselves up for success in 2021. For some people, that means making New Year’s Resolutions or setting goals, while for others it’s as simple as ordering your favorite daily planner to get organized as you head into the new year.

If you’re wanting to go one step beyond the expected traditions surrounding the new year, try eating a variety of good-luck foods on January 1.

Certain foods, like cabbage, lentils, and noodles, represent good fortune in the new year. Or maybe it’s wealth, prosperity, and good fortune you’re after in the coming year – you’ll need make a spread of green side dishes and pork pleasing dishes! Find my 5 favorite good luck foods for the new year below.

Thai Peanut Noodle Bowl

Noodles

Per Asian culture and tradition, people eat long noodles on New Year’s Day to lengthen their life. There’s only one rule here…you can’t break the noodle from your plate to your mouth! This makes for a fun (and slightly silly) lunch or dinner with kids.

Butter Braised Cabbage with Bacon

Cabbage

In many places around the world like Ireland, Germany, and parts of the United States, cabbage is tied to luck and fortune. If I can guarantee my good fortune while braising a vegetable in butter and topping it with bacon, I’m SOLD!

Cod En Papillote with Tomatoes + Olives

Fish

Fish is often associated with the new year since they swim in one direction — forward. I love this analogy! People also believe that fish symbolize abundance since they swim in schools. You can’t go wrong either way!

Haricot Verts Amandine

Greens

The color green has long been associated with luck — everything from four-leaf clovers, money, and even jade jewelry. As if that’s not enough, eating a plate full of greens like green beans, kale, or Brussels sprouts will start your year off on a healthy note, which is a WIN/WIN.

Balsamic Pork Tenderloin with Butternut + Apples

Pork

Long ago, pork was exclusively reserved for the elite. This delicious protein symbolizes both wealth and prosperity. If you have big plans for these goals in the coming year, consider making a big pork dinner on January 1st.