A Good Luck New Year’s Day Vegetarian Meal

A Good Luck New Year’s Day Vegetarian MealDid you have your lucky New Year’s Day meal today? In many cultures around the world it’s common to eat particular foods on New Year’s Day. This is to give us luck and prosperity in the coming year.

Many times, I’ll make collard greens or black-eyed peas. These are two foods that frequently are not vegetarian, usually having ham or pork in them. I make vegetarian versions, of course, and I actually had both of them this past Thanksgiving.

Most of the foods I made this year are from Southern United States traditions. Some of them are ones I’ve learned that friends of mine serve on this day.

I started with the vegan “ham” from Caribbean Vegan by Taymer Mason. This is made from gluten and seasoned with pineapple juice, cloves, and paprika. It seemed a good addition.

I also made collard greens very similar to my Smoky Collard Greens recipe. I cooked up some onions before adding the greens, and then just slowly simmered them in a small amount of water, adding more until they were tender. The greens symbolize money.

I cooked black-eyed peas, but not the way I did them at Thanksgiving. This time, I made Baked BBQ Black-Eyed Peas, slow-baked in en easy bottled BBQ sauce in the oven. In the South black-eyed peas are served on New Year’s Day to bring in prosperity.

For good measure, I opened a can of stewed tomatoes and warmed them up. I enjoy them with all of these other foods and it’s another New Year’s lucky dish that’s also super easy to make!

Finally, I made some Good Luck Cornbread, which is always excellent with greens and black-eyed peas. I whipped up a recipe that didn’t have eggs, but I used butter and buttermilk in the ingredients. It could easily be made vegan with readily-available substitutes. For a special twist, I chopped up some sage (another deep green color symbolizing money) and mixed it into the batter.

I wish you much luck, health, wealth, and prosperity in the coming year. 2013 is going to be the year to make all of our dreams come true!

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