Growing up, we often rang in the new year with a meal that, as legend told it, would bring good luck to all who indulged the full year long. Call me silly, or superstitious, but I still share this tradition with my own family now.
This year, we went for triple power: greens, pork and black-eyed peas. Here’s why:
The greens are symbolic for money, and (supposedly), the more you eat, the more wealth you’ll see in the new year.
In ancient times, beans were said to resemble coins and are believed to bring financial rewards.
Pigs are a symbol of prosperity, and progress, and are always moving forward.
How could you possibly not bring on the good luck with these nutrient-dense ingredients like chard and black-eyed peas, right?
While we’re not the kind who play the lottery, kill ourselves at high-stress jobs, or dream of a big house, having some good luck to make life a little more comfortable and enable us to help others more is something worth going for.
What did we cook up? This great dish of Hoppin’ Johns from Cooking Light magazine.
It calls for cooked beans, so we soaked them overnight, then cooked them in our slow cooker on high all day. This is a great tasting meal, and pretty easy, so we’ll get this on our future meal plans rather than wait for the year to change.
While we had a wonderful day of roller skating with the kids, dinner was in the makings back at home. And doesn’t that just make any dinner that much better?
Happy new year!