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7 Lucky Foods to Eat on New Year's Day

Even the least superstitious of us can be found digging into symbolically lucky foods on New Year's Day, because why tempt fate? Here are seven lucky dishes to attract abundance and prosperity in the coming year. Or at least they'll pick us up after hard-partying the night before.

1. Black-Eyed Peas, Greens, and Cornbread

Luck factor: Even folks who aren't from the Southern United States go all in on eating black-eyed peas and leafy greens for good luck on New Year's Day. Add a slice of cornbread, and you've got "peas for pennies, greens for dollars, and cornbread for gold."

Try these recipes: Slow Cooker Spicy Black-Eyed Peas, Kickin' Collard Greens, Skillet Corn Bread

 

Greens, Black-Eyed Peas, Cornbread, and Ham

Greens, Black-Eyed Peas, Cornbread, and Ham | Photo by Meredith

2. Pork

Luck factor: Pork for progress! Pigs root around with their snouts moving in a forward motion, which is why many cultures around the world eat pork on New Year's Day to symbolize progress for the coming year.

Try this recipe: Slow Cooker Pork and Sauerkraut with Apples

 

Slow Cooker Pork and Sauerkraut with Apples

Slow Cooker Pork and Sauerkraut with Apples | Photo by lutzflcat

3. Grapes

Luck factor: In Spain and Mexico, eating 12 grapes at midnight as the clock strikes once for each hour will bring you luck for the 12 months ahead. (It's not as easy as it sounds.)

Make this recipe for your New Year's Eve party, and hold some grapes aside for your good-luck gobble: Balsamic Roasted Grapes

 

Roasted Grapes

Photo by Meredith

4. Pomegranates

Luck factor: Seeds have always been associated with fertility. In Greece, they hurl whole pomegranates to the floor to release a flood of seeds that symbolize life and abundance.

Instead of smashing your pomegranate on the floor, try this easy method to get the seeds out, then use them in this recipe: Spiced Pears and Pomegranate

 

Spiced Pears and Pomegranate

Spiced Pears and Pomegranate | Photo by reiscakes

5. Fish

Luck factor: So many fish in the sea. Maybe that's why they symbolized abundance in the new year around the world: Asian cultures feast on whole fish to celebrate Lunar New year, while on the other side of the globe, Europeans eat cod, herring, and carp. And while you don't eat the silvery scales, they do stand for coinage and plenty of it.

Try this recipe: Baked Dijon Salmon

 

Baked Dijon Salmon

Baked Dijon Salmon | Photo by Angela Thorassie

6. Noodles and Rice

Luck factor: Noodles, especially extra-long noodles, are thought to bring long life if you eat them without breaking them in the middle. Rice is all about fertility and wealth.

Try this gorgeous dish for a double dose of luck: Rice Noodles with Shiitakes, Choy, and Chiles

 

Rice Noodles with Shiitakes, Choy, and Chiles

Rice Noodles with Shiitakes, Choy, and Chiles | Photo by Soup Loving Nicole

7. Cakes

Luck factor: Ring-shaped cakes and other rounded sweet treats bring a full circle of luck to the eater. In some traditions, a coin is baked inside to bring an extra serving of luck to the one who finds it.

Try this recipe: Vaselopita - Greek New Years Cake

 

Vaselopita - Greek New Years Cake

Vaselopita - Greek New Years Cake | Photo by lynne


Check out our whole collection of New Year's lucky foods.


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About Vanessa Greaves

Good food, friends, and fun are always on the menu. Find me as foodelicious on Allrecipes and vanny.gee on Instagram (but only if you don't mind cat pics and cocktails).