We have composed a list of the good fortune foods and the reasons why you should eat them on New Year's Day. From lentils that will bring you wealth to soba noodles that will ensure that you live a long life, here are our picks for the most delicious recipes that will make 2017 your best year yet.
So, start the New Year off with a plate full of riches and a bowl full of good health with these 16 recipes.
1. Pomegranates: Mixed Green Salad With Pomegranate Seeds, Feta, And Pecans
In the Turkish culture, the copious amount of seeds that are found in each pomegranate represent prosperity and their red color promotes good health throughout the year.
Eat enough of this salad recipe and you are guaranteed a rich new year filled with well-being.
2. Circular Foods: Chocolate-Dippy Doughnuts
Circular foods like bagels, bundt cakes, and doughnuts resemble coins, and are said to welcome wealth in the new year.
Try this chocolate-dipped doughnut recipe to ensure financial abundance in the upcoming year.
3. Cornbread: Cast Iron Skillet Cheddar Cornbread
Cornbread's sunny hue resembles gold, and by eating cornbread on New Year's Day you are inviting good fortune and wealth into your life in 2017.
Eating cornbread with kernels of corn baked into it, like in this recipe, will bring you even more prosperity because the kernels represent little gold nuggets.
4. Grapes: Best Grape Salad
In Spanish culture, eating 12 grapes at midnight will predict the year ahead. Each grape represents each month of the year, and if some of the grapes are sour then those months will also be sour.
Use the grapes that don't get eaten at midnight in this scrumptious recipe.
5. Greens: Southern Collard Greens
Collard greens mimic money because they look like wilted, folded bills. The Southern tradition of eating collard greens on New Year's Day is said to bring wealth into your life.
The pot liquor is the rich broth that comes from cooking down the greens and is believed to be an aphrodisiac that increases fertility.
6. Lentils: Easy Spinach Lentil Soup
Lentils represent luck and have been eaten to increase luck in one's life since the Roman times.
These coin-shaped legumes are also said to increase prosperity, so be sure to eat this recipe full of veggies, spices, and protein-packed lentils on New Year's Day.
7. Soba Noodles: Hot Soba
Long soba noodles represent a long and prosperous life in the Japanese culture, if you can slurp them down without breaking them.
8. Cabbage: Fried Cabbage with Bacon, Onion, and Garlic
Eating cabbage on New Year's Day ensures financial abundance in the upcoming year, pair it with pork in this recipe, and you've just doubled your wealth well-wishes.
9. Roasted Whole Fish: Whole Roasted Fish with Wild Mushrooms
Eating a whole roasted fish on New Year's Day brings wealth, abundance, and will prevent you from dwelling on the past.
Try this recipe and bring all these positive vibes into your new year.
10. Pork: Glazed Pork Chops
The robust girth of pigs represents abundance and indulging in pork to celebrate the new year is said to amplify wealth in your life.
This glazed pork chop recipe is easy on the wallet and has delicious kick of spice.
11. Coconut: My Favorite Coconut Cream Pie
In India, coconuts are often broken to symbolize new beginnings and hope for a better future.
Welcome the hope of a new year with this coconut cream pie recipe.
12. Vasilopita: Greek New Year's Cake
The Greek tradition of cutting the vasilopita is said to bring good luck to everyone who has a slice.
The person who gets the coin that has been baked into the cake, will have the best luck in the new year.
13. Pork and Sauerkraut: Best Ever Pork Roast and Sauerkraut
This Pennsylvania Dutch tradition of eating pork and sauerkraut to ring in the new year will bring you good luck and keep you moving forward in life.
Try this delicious recipe of pork roasted on a bed of sauerkraut.
14. Buttered Bread: Parmesan Roasted Garlic Bread
The Irish tradition of leaving a piece of buttered bread outside your front door will prevent hunger and promote abundance in the new year.
Make this parmesan, butter, and garlic-infused recipe to ensure the whole family has a slice of good fortune.
15. Black Eyed Peas: Caribbean Black Eyed Peas Stew
Black eyed peas are shaped like coins and when eaten at the start of a new year promote wealth.
Eat this zesty, Caribbean-spiced stew, and welcome warm island flavors and abundance in the new year.
16. Marranitos: Pig-Shaped Molasses and Ginger Cookies
The pig's stout stature makes it an ideal shape for these traditional Mexican cookies that are eaten on New Year's Day to increase prosperity and profusion in the upcoming year.
Make this recipe and indulge in the flavors of cinnamon, orange zest, and ground ginger, while bringing luck to your year ahead.