Who couldn't use a little extra luck these days? Many cultures believe eating certain foods on New Year's Day will give people good luck and bring prosperity.
Black-eyed peas, collard greens and Hoppin' John are popular in the southern United States along with the saying "Eat poor on New Year's, eat fat the rest of the year." While in the east, the Pennsylvania Dutch and Germans eat pork and sauerkraut or cabbage on New Year's Day.
Italians eat a dish made with pork sausage served over lentils. They believe the shape of the lentils resemble coins, thus symbolizing money. The Chinese will eat a whole fish as all things should have a beginning and an end. In Japan, soba noodles and shrimp are believed to bring longevity.
Here are a few healthy recipes for you to eat along your quest for good luck:
Black-Eyed Pea Salad
A homemade dressing helps marry the flavors of this creamy Black-Eyed Pea Salad. It is a unique contribution to a spring luncheon or barbecue buffet in the summertime.
—Olive Foemmel, Chili, Wisconsin
Meatless Hopping John
I traditionally make this Meatless Hopping John for New Year's celebrations. This version has more seasonings and veggies than the classic Southern dish.
—Ann Buckendahl, Benton, Kansas
Chops 'n' Kraut
Diced tomatoes lend color to this hefty Chops 'n' Kraut entree and brown sugar sweetens the sauerkraut.
—Mrs. Ruth Tamul, Morehead City, North Carolina
Sausage Lentil Soup
I found this good-for-you Sausage Lentil Soup recipe in a men's magazine and lightened it up. I ate a lot of it when I was pregnant because it's so tasty and loaded with fiber, vitamins and iron. It also makes good use of low-sodium and low-fat ingredients.
—Suzanne Dabkowski, Blythewood, South Carolina
Lentil Rice Medley
With so many fresh ingredients, this medley pairs well with milder foods, such as chicken or fish, and can easily stand alone as a main dish. This Lentil Rice Medley recipe that I make often for my family and company is always enjoyed.
—Dee Fifer, Commerce City, Colorado
Chinese Pork 'n' Noodles
I based the recipe for these Chinese Pork 'n' Noodles on a similar dish I found in a magazine. I changed a few things around and my husband and I loved it. It's just as good when the pork is replaced with seafood.
—Jennifer Enzer, Manchester, Michigan
Baked Whole Salmon
We don't get much fresh seafood around here. So when I see some whole salmon in the grocery store, I snap it up and make this elegant entree.
—Dixie L. Harmon, Bainville, Montana
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