When it comes to starting a new year, everyone can use a little extra luck. However, you don’t need to leave the comfort of your kitchen to search for pennies or shamrocks! The same lucky foods we mentioned in our post on low carb New Year’s appetizers can be incorporated into dozens of low carb breakfast, lunch and dinner recipes that taste great all year round. Try out the following low carb New Year’s Day food ideas and start off 2014 with good luck, good health and great taste:
Since pigs represent progress in many countries, why not start your mornings off on an optimistic note by incorporating pork or ham into your meal? This Ham and Swiss Cheese Frittata will definitely keep you full and satisfied until lunch. Or for some additional luck, scramble an ample amount of green veggies with eggs and ham or bacon since green is a traditional symbol of money.
The color green symbolizes wealth due to its association with money and long noodles are a symbol of a long life. Put the two together, and you’ll be sure to have an extra lucky year! This low carb Zucchini Spaghetti combines green veggies with a noodle shape for a light, low carb lunch that will leave you feeling great. It’s served with a lemon chive dressing for a fresh, delicious flavor. This Watercress, Tomato, Black-Eyed Peas and Edamame Salad is another light lunch option for the new year that features lucky black-eyed peas and lots of greens. If you’re craving meat for lunch, roll up ham, cream cheese and pickles for low carb sandwiches.
For hearty dinners that will fill you up and help keep your diet on track, try making traditionally lucky New Years dishes such as roast ham or roast pork. This Maple Glazed Spiral Ham is good for all phases of Atkins, and you’ll have plenty of leftovers for an easy lunch the following day. Or, try this delicious Cranberry-Ginger Pork Roast served with a tasty black-eyed pea salad and traditional New Year’s Southwestern Cornbread. A bowl of Spicy Collards and Okra is another easy side for just about any entrée.
Indulge in fortune-laden New Year’s desserts by enjoying delights that are round in shape. Circles represent coins, as well as the concept of coming full circle, so make sure your sweet treats are as round as possible. Try Coffee Flans with Whipped Cream and Espresso Beans or Pinwheel Cookies for double the luck—not only are they round, but they’re baked into a swirled design! Endulge Chocolate Cups will mollify chocolate cravings whenever they hit, but without the guilt!
You’ll start 2014 off on the right foot when you cook healthy, traditional New Year’s recipes. Try these easy meal ideas and explore the other tasty low carb options found in our recipe database.