Okay, we made it. 2014! Dang that sounds weird. Did you party like it’s 1999? Anyone else remember where you were then? I do, and it’s hard to believe it was 15 years ago. Sigh…
Anyway, today is the first day of 2014! I’m OPEN and READY for it. Hope it’s full of love and luck! Speaking of luck, did you know that there are foods other than black eyed peas that bring good luck in the New Year? I had no clue, till now.
Here are 7 Foods (and easy recipes) to bring you luck on New Years.
I’m thinking one per day for the next week would work, yes?
1. Cooked Greens – Colllards, Cabbage, kale, chard, etc. Apparently these cooked greens look like folded money. Which is always good—> and lucky! So eat up. We loved slightly steaming Collard greens and filling them with eggs, salsa, and sautéed veggies.
2. Lentils and Black eyed Peas – These little guys are symbolic of money, yet again. Their seed like appearance resembles coins that swell when cooked. So eat up for more financial rewards, right? How about a batch of BBQ Lentil Stew tonight?
3. Pork– all I can think of is bacon. And yes, I am thinking that is LUCKY! MMM… bacon. But here’s what I learned. Pigs symbolize progress because they push forward, rooting itself in the ground before moving. These Banana Bacon Cups will do, right?
4. Fish – Of course fish is lucky!! It so good for you! Actually, in many European countries, fish is like our turkey –> A Holiday staple. I like that idea. How about Honey Lime COD for the win!
5. Cake– You know I’m all about celebrating with Cake, so that’s lucky, for sure!
But since I just posted that recipe, I’ll share another gluten free cake you need to make THIS YEAR! These would be my Raw FUEL Patty Cakes. And I’ll be posting the recipe Friday so stay tuned. I promise they will bring you luck in training.
6. Grapes– You mean wine, right? Hello, my name is Wino Cotter. But in all seriousness, New Year’s revelers in Spain eat twelve grapes at midnight—one grape for each stroke of the clock. I wonder if 12 oz of wine would work? LOL! Just kidding. You can put 12 grapes in this Creamy Grape and Green Bean Salad instead.
7. Fermented Food– okay, this one isn’t really on the list I found, but I think it should be. Fermented foods take time to grow, but once they do they bring good health and flourish. I think that’s lucky! Here’s my Kombucha tutorial. Start brewing.
For more info on these traditions, go here.
So, what will you start with?
Cheers and Happy New Year!