Let’s put 2020 behind us! We’re in need of every bit of good luck to start 2021 on the right foot with these auspicious foods believed to bring health, wealth and happiness! While we don’t all abide by these superstitious “rules,” why not try them out? They are good for our health, after all. Here, 5 recipes to supposedly bring us everything we want in 2021 — while keeping the pounds off at the same time.
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The South’s most time-honored and recognized tradition of the New Year is enjoying a warm bowl of black-eyed peas. These über smoky black-eyed peas from my friends at PUNK’S in Houston are best when made a day in advance. Reheat them on New Year’s Day and serve with a side of cornbread smeared with butter.
Lentils are a popular New Year’s dish served in Italian households. The legumes, which are believed to resemble small coins, plump up during cooking and symbolize growing wealth and prosperity. Our hearty, coconut milk-laced soup will warm you from the inside out and will become a staple in your soup rotation.
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Yes, it’s not groundbreaking to encourage people to eat salads in the New Year, but greens symbolize money and prosperity. Some may say a salad a day keeps the doctor away, but tradition says it keeps money in the bank. This filling salad from Skeeter’s Mesquite Grill in Houston is full of good-for-you ingredients perfect for starting the year off right.
Pigs are considered a symbol of progress because of how they root around with their snouts, digging and eating. Many cultures around the world eat pork on January 1st to help ensure that they positively move forward in the new year. Our one-pan pork tenderloin is an easy beginning of the year meal to keep your kitchen clean and your belly full.
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Fish swim around in large schools, their opulent scales flashing in the water and looking like shiny coins. Because of this, fish are a symbol of abundance and wealth. People also associate fish with moving forward in the new year — similar to pigs. This light and healthy recipe from Goya Foods can be made with any white fish of choice and it pairs well with a refreshing pineapple salsa.