Traditionally, there are certain dishes eaten on New Year’s Eve that are supposed to give you a year of prosperity and good luck. I’ve shared a little bit of the history behind them, plus you’ll find low carb versions of these New Year’s Eve dishes to start your year off in the best way possible.
Black-eyed peas, rice, collard greens and corn bread
It is a southern tradition to serve black-eyed peas, rice and leafy greens, which are often combined with ham or bacon. Black-eyed peas are associated with the mythical power to bring good luck. Also, because of their round shape, they symbolize coins. Greens, since they are the color of money, are associated with prosperity. Pork is also a symbol of prosperity and good luck. This meal is often rounded out with corn bread, and corn bread, of course, symbolizes gold.
Collard Greens with Ham and Onion
This dish will complement black-eyed peas and rice. Use cauliflower rice instead of regular rice.
This zesty dish also pairs well with black-eyed peas and cauliflower rice.
These cornbread muffins give you double the luck, thanks to their golden color and round shape.
In Spain and parts of Central and South America, eating a grape for each stroke of the clock at midnight will ward off bad luck in the coming year.
For your own spin on this tradition, add some grapes to your New Year’s Eve charcuterie board.
In Japan, soba noodles are a traditional New Year’s food of choice, as the length of the noodle symbolizes a long life.
Your New Year’s Eve noodles are given a low carb twist with this Asian “zoodle” bowl.
Pork and sauerkraut
Pork, of course, is a symbol of prosperity, while cabbage’s round shape is compared to a coin. Fermented foods such as cabbage are rich in fiber, vitamins and nutrients, as well as probiotics, which are good for gut health. Another great way to kick off the New Year in a healthy way.
Pork Tenderloin Medallions with Creamy Mustard Sauce
Pair these lucky medallions with a side of sauerkraut.
Ring-shaped cakes are considered good luck because they are round, the symbol of coins.
This cake will give you extra good luck thanks to its gold color.
Ginger gives this chocolate cake a kick of warming spice, while pecans add a nice crunch and meringue keeps the cake light and fluffy.
If you’d like more ideas for your New Year’s Eve entertaining menu, try these low carb New Year’s Eve recipes for delicious dips, savory bites and festive cocktails.