“Out with the old in with the new.” This age old wish rings true in most every home on New Year’s Eve and Day. Why not welcome in the year proper with the addition of your favorite foods to ensure good fortune? Here are the wondrous 7 to help lead the way.
Fish are believed to be lucky because their scales resemble coins, and they swim in schools which invoke the idea of abundance. Suggestion for good luck: Bret’s Fresh Clams & Mussels with Pasta Aglio Olio
Ring shaped cakes—sometimes with trinkets baked inside—are a symbol of coming full circle. Indulge a little with this delicious chocolate recipe. Ricky’s Blue Ribbon Double Chocolate Fudge Bundt Cake
Pigs are a lucky symbol because they root forward, and are rotund. Traditionally, sauerkraut and pork are served, but why not try something more southern and slow cooked?
Supposedly greens and green vegetables are eaten on New Year’s Eve because they resemble money.
Try an Italian twist: Tuscan Panzanella
Beans, like greens, resemble money; more specifically, they symbolize coins. Whether you choose black beans, lentils, or black-eyes peas, healthy fiber-filled beans will help soak up that champagne. Start your feast with the following: 13 Bean Pasta Fagioli Fazul
Noodles and Grains
Noodles are symbols of long life, and grains like rice, quinoa, and barley stand for abundance. Slurp the noodles whole for even more good luck. Suggestion: Garlic Broccoli Parmesan Pasta
On New Year’s Eve, Mexicans pop berries and or grapes for each stroke of midnight, with each representing a page of the calendar ahead. If one is bitter, watch out for that month! Other popular fruits to eat include pomegranates, with its many seeds standing in for prosperity, and figs, which are a symbol of fertility. Pick your favorite one or all! Vary Berry Pie