New Year’s Day is a popular day to eat foods from around the world that are thought to bring good fortune to the ones who eat them. Different cultures have different traditions and superstitions but many of them overlap: greens (to symbolize money) and legumes (which grow in size like a good bank account) are consumed on New Year’s Day around the world in pursuit of good luck for the year ahead. And what could get us started on a positive path in the 2012 better than a commitment to making a difference by living compassionately? I am of the mind that every day as a vegan is a day of giving good fortune to ourselves and others, but if you want to boost your chances a little, here are some great recipes for a happy New Year’s Day. I can’t guarantee that eating any of these dishes will bring you good luck in the year ahead, but it can’t hurt to try.
Colleen Patrick-Goudreau’s spectacular Greens and Garlic Soup
Sautéed Greens and Garlic
Robin Robertson’s Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Shallots and Crispy Kale Ribbons
It was recorded in the Talmud that the Jews consumed black-eyed peas for good luck. Today the tradition continues with traditional southern American dishes like this delicious looking recipe by Rhea Parsons at The “V” Word for Hoppin’ John
Turkish Black-eyed Pea Salad with Pomegranate, Walnuts and Za’atar Dressing
This recipe is double the luck because it pairs black-eyed peas with pomegranate seeds, which are considered good luck in Turkey for the abundant seeds and vibrant red color, said to symbolize bounty and fertility in the coming year.
Round or ring-shaped cakes are traditional desserts on New Year’s Day, symbolizing the circle of the seasons. Make a beautiful vegan cake and you can even hide a coin inside like the Greeks do. Whoever gets the slice with the coin is considered to have a great year ahead.
The Best Chocolate Cake Ever? You decide.
VegWeb’s collection of cake recipes
Have a great New Year, everyone, and I will see you in 2012!