12 New Year Good Luck Foods

It will officially be the new year in a few hours, and I wish you a happy and prosperous new year filled with good luck, success, and joy. May this year bring you closer to achieving your dreams and goals, and may you find happiness in everything you do. In line with all the good wishes, I would like to also share some New Year good luck food with you.

It will officially be the new year in a few hours, and I wish you a happy and prosperous new year filled with good luck, success, and joy. May this year bring you closer to achieving your dreams and goals, and may you find happiness in everything you do. In line with all the good wishes, I would like to also share some New Year good luck foods with you. Traditionally, these recipes signify good fortune, and I pray they bring you and your family the same irrespective of when you eat these foods!! Cheers to a beautiful year ahead!

Good Luck Foods For The New Year’s!

It will officially be the new year in a few hours, and I wish you a happy and prosperous new year filled with good luck, success, and joy. May this year bring you closer to achieving your dreams and goals, and may you find happiness in everything you do. In line with all the good wishes, I would like to also share some New Year good luck foods with you.

Traditionally, these recipes signify good fortune, and I pray they bring you and your family the same irrespective of when you eat these foods!! Cheers to a beautiful year ahead!

12 New Year’s Good Luck Foods + Recipes!

It will officially be the new year in a few hours, and I wish you a happy and prosperous new year filled with good luck, success, and joy. May this year bring you closer to achieving your dreams and goals, and may you find happiness in everything you do. In line with all the good wishes, I would like to also share some New Year good luck foods with you. Traditionally, these recipes signify good fortune, and I pray they bring you and your family the same irrespective of when you eat these foods!! Cheers to a beautiful year ahead!

Black-eyed Peas.

Personally, I love black-eyed peas. However, I love them even more because it is a New Year good luck food! Black-eyed peas signify prosperity and growth in the New Year. For good luck and fortune in the coming year. Some people also believe eating black-eyed peas with greens (symbolizing wealth) will bring even more prosperity.

Black-eyed peas are one of my favorite beans to cook. One of the ways I cook black-eyed peas is the famous Nigerian beans porridge! Sometimes, I serve it with avocado; some other times, I serve it with rice! Also, akara or moi-moi are fantastic black-eyed peas recipes. Black-eyed beans and collard greens are equally very popular!

Nigerian beans porridge aka, stewed black-eyed peas is cooked with peppers, tomatoes, onions and served with rice, or avocado

Greens are Good Luck Foods!

Greens bring wealth (well, who would have thought?) In the context of New Year’s food traditions, greens represent wealth and financial prosperity. I’m definitely making my easy spinach berry salad! Listen, I need as much good luck as possible, and now that I know that greens signify wealth, I will eat my greens more! Eating greens on New Year’s Day will bring good luck and fortune in the coming year.

The color green is also associated with growth and renewal, so consuming greens can symbolize personal growth and development. You can eat any green of your choice, such as collard greens, arugula, spring mix, spinach + more!

Super healthy and easy-to-make strawberry blueberry spinach salad, aka berry spinach salad with lime olive oil vinaigrette, is loaded with nutritious antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals. Amazingly this spinach and berry salad calls for only a few ingredients - spinach, strawberries, blueberries, walnuts, and a simple lime olive oil vinaigrette! This strawberry blueberry spinach is low-carb, gluten-free, vegan, and easily customizable. #Salad #Spinachsalad #healthysalad #Strawberrysalad #detoxsalad #vegan #lowcarb

Good Luck Foods – Cornbread!

Cornbread is that one treat that I’m always very sure to make every New Year! Primarily because my kids love it! So, it feels incredible to know that cornbread represents wealth and prosperity in the New Year!

The golden color of cornbread resembles that of gold, and hence, it brings good luck and financial stability. In addition, cornbread is also associated with the harvest season, and consuming it on New Year’s Day is believed to bring a bountiful harvest in the coming year. See my healthier cornbread recipe here.

A simple healthy cornbread recipe is moist, not chewy, more nutritious than most cornbread recipes, and yet super easy to make! Listen, this is not your regular grannie’s cornbread recipe. With this homemade cornbread recipe, you get all the tastiness of southern cornbread without the heavy calories. #cornbread #Southerncornbread #healthycornbread

Round Foods such as Oranges!

Round foods such as oranges, round cakes, and pastries symbolize wealth, and eating them during the New Year brings good luck. Foods that are round resemble coins, and if you know you. Your girl gotta get her coins together!!! May prosperity follow us in the coming year. AMEN! Recipes like cranberry orange bread and orange smoothie are great, however eating an orange or mandarin is phenomenal!

Grains!

There are several New Year good luck foods, however, one that I’m intrigued about is grains. However, this should not come as a surprise, as grains symbolize abundance! For instance, you cannot just eat a single grain, you have to eat plenty of them, signifying abundance! In my head, grains mean a multitude of blessings! When God says my cup will run over, my mind immediately goes to grains because you cannot eat a single grain; you have to eat many!

Grains such as rice, quinoa, and barley are New Year’s good luck foods, and amazingly, there are different ways to incorporate these grains into our diet throughout the coming year. Typically, in Nigeria, most families make Nigerian party Jollof rice (pictured below)! Check out my coconut Jollof rice, fried rice or quinoa fried rice recipes, too. Also, my quinoa beet bowl is another banger!

Insanely delicious party-style Nigerian basmati Jollof rice is the only Jollof rice recipe you need. The fusion of basmati rice with tomatoes, peppers, onions, garlic, curry, thyme, bay leaves, and other herbs/spices makes this party Jollof absolutely flavorful and tasty! The best part about making basmati Jollof rice is that it takes no time to cook. Amazingly, you can further cut down on this cooking time by making the sauce or base ahead of time. Call family and friends, let’s gather for this authentic crowd-pleasing party-style Jollof rice recipe! #Jollofrice #Africanfood #Nigerianfood #PartyJollofrice #NigerianJollofrice #BasmatiJollofrice #Jollof

Fish!

Fish is good all year round, and many cultures believe they bring abundance and prosperity. Personally, I enjoy eating fish; I have this air fryer swai fish with asparagus that I loveee. My favorite fish is salmon; I usually serve baked salmon with any choice of side dish. I plan to serve them with mashed potatoes this New Year’s Day.

I heard that the fish’s scales represent coins, so consuming fish equally brings wealth and financial success alongside being healthy and nutritious. Fish is always a simple, easy-to-make recipe to start the New Year. See this healthy salmon recipe as well as this baked salmon with spinach lime sauce. YUM!

Salmon is unarguably one of the best healthy fish to eat; it is tasty, easy to cook, and protein parked—healthy salmon green sauce recipe cooked in the air fryer or on the stovetop will be ready in under 20 minutes. The best thing about this salmon recipe is that it requires only a few ingredients, and you can make it on the stovetop or in an air fryer. You will need spinach, cashew, lime, salt, and pepper for the green sauce. This salmon recipe is perfect for the holidays. #Vegetarianrecipe #salmon #airfryerrecipes

Root Vegetables.

Root vegetables are calming and grounding; in many cultures, root vegetables symbolize stability and prosperity for the new year. This is because they grow underground and represent a strong foundation. My favorite root vegetables include beets, sweet potatoes, regular potatoes, and parsnips.

Overall, incorporating root vegetables into New Year’s meals is a great way to celebrate the season while also bringing in good luck and stability for the coming year.

Super easy, tasty, and healthy air fryer roasted beets, aka beetroot, is the ultimate vegetable side dish you didn't know you needed! Air-frying beets is straightforward; air frying may be the best way to cook beets! You end up with colorful pretty-looking beets that complement any main dish. This easy air fryer beets recipe ensures you get tender and sweet beets right from your air fryer. Also, this beets recipe is vegan and gluten-free! #Beets #beetroot #airfryer

12 Grapes.

The tradition of eating 12 grapes at midnight on New Year’s Eve originated in the early 20th century in Spain as a way to use up the surplus grape harvest, but it has since become a widespread custom in many parts of the world. Grapes signify good luck, prosperity, and new beginnings for the new year. In Spain and some Latin American countries, eating 12 grapes at midnight on New Year’s Eve is a popular custom, each grape representing good luck for each month of the coming year.

I told my family about eating 12 grapes on New Year’s Eve, and my husband wants to know if drinking sparkling cider will count! Annnnnd I can’t stop laughing. Listen, I heard about Champagne being one of several New Year good luck foods, so sparkling cider may actually count.

It will officially be the new year in a few hours, and I wish you a happy and prosperous new year filled with good luck, success, and joy. May this year bring you closer to achieving your dreams and goals, and may you find happiness in everything you do. In line with all the good wishes, I would like to also share some New Year good luck foods with you. Traditionally, these recipes signify good fortune, and I pray they bring you and your family the same irrespective of when you eat these foods!! Cheers to a beautiful year ahead!

Onions.

This one surprises me, but I’m down. Some cultures consider onions to be a symbol of the new year. Onions represent rebirth and growth. Also, they represent the cycle of renewal and the ability to withstand adversity. In some cultures, some people may hang onions in the home on New Year’s Eve to ward off negative energy and bring positive vibes.

Aside from using onions to cook (which I do all year round), I also like to add pickled onions to my greens and grains salad bowl. Want to see how I make my pickled onions? Here you go:

are Doughnuts New Year Good Luck Food?

This is the one my kids want! Hahaha, I don’t blame them! Doughnuts are a symbol of good fortune and prosperity in many cultures. Eating doughnuts on New Year’s Day is common in the United States. Donuts can bring good luck for the year ahead – AMEN.

The round shape of the doughnut represents the full circle of life, and the hole in the center represents the unknown future. By eating a doughnut on New Year’s Day, people hope to have a sweet and fulfilling year. Check out my Beets donuts (healthier donuts made with root vegetables)!

Healthy baked beets donuts are gluten-free, eye-catching, and very tasty! There is no need for white flour and white sugar in this nutritious beets donuts recipe. Beets donuts would make a great snack, breakfast, or even brunch! These baked beets donuts are easy to make; they do not require yeast, so they are incredibly time-saving. And instead of frying them in the quantum of oil, we bake them up in the oven. #Beet #Beetroot #Beetsdonut #Healthydonut #Beetrecipe

Pork is A Traditional New Year’s Good Luck Foods?

Pork is considered a symbol of good luck and prosperity, especially during the New Year. This is due to the animal’s plump and rich nature, which may represent wealth and abundance. Eating pork on New Year’s Day is a common practice in many Western countries, including the United States, Germany, and the Philippines. These cultures believe that consuming pork on the first day of the year will bring good luck and financial success throughout the rest of the year.

You should check out my award-winning baby back ribs without BBQ sauce!

Cooking baby back ribs in the air fryer without barbecue sauce makes the best crispy ribs everyone will enjoy. Super easy-to-make juicy, tender, tasty, and crispy air fryer ribs are perfect for summer BBQs, potluck, and picnics! There’s no need to spend hours making pork ribs in the oven or grill if you have an air fryer. When you put baby pork ribs in the air fryer, they come out absolutely amazing. And with this recipe, you won’t miss BBQ sauce!

Pomegranates.

Pomegranate fruit signifies prosperity, fertility, and good luck for the new year. Eating this fruit during the New Year’s celebrations is a way to ensure abundance and wealth in the coming year. The red color of the pomegranate is also associated with vitality and renewal, making it a famous symbol for the start of a new year.

Pomegranate is one of my fav on this list of New Year good luck foods! I legit want to eat it every day of the year, and now that I know this, I will eat some more! See my pomegranate arugula salad and pomegranate salad dressing. And this homemade pomegranate juice is the perfect non-alcoholic nutritious drink for the entire family in the New Year!

What Can I make with Pomegranate Seeds? Make pomegranate juice with pomegranate seeds; pomegranate juice is sweet, tart, refreshing, and nutritious. If you haven’t had pomegranate juice before, stop it. You need it ASAP! A perfect non-alcoholic drink for every occasion and suits both young and old. This Fresh and bubbly pomegranate juice is easy to make; plus, it is healthy and delicious! Learn how to make it and thank me later.

Bonus Good Luck Foods – Cabbage!

Everyone loves cabbage, right? Cabbage is considered a symbol of good luck and prosperity. Some believe that the green leaves of the cabbage represent paper money and, therefore, eating cabbage on New Year’s Day will bring wealth and financial success in the upcoming year. In some cultures, people may eat stuffed cabbage rolls, which symbolize the rolling of money. Additionally, cabbage is a nutritious vegetable rich in vitamins and minerals, so it is a healthy choice to start the new year.

Check out my braised red cabbage or this green sautéed cabbage with bacon (pork); see video below. Which would you be making?

More Traditional New Year’s Foods:

What part of the world are you reading this from? And what is your traditional New Year’s good luck food?

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It will officially be the new year in a few hours, and I wish you a happy and prosperous new year filled with good luck, success, and joy. May this year bring you closer to achieving your dreams and goals, and may you find happiness in everything you do. In line with all the good wishes, I would like to also share some New Year good luck food with you. Traditionally, these recipes signify good fortune, and I pray they bring you and your family the same irrespective of when you eat these foods!! Cheers to a beautiful year ahead!

THANKS FOR STOPPING BY! Stay well, safe and keep living your life to the fullest!

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10 Comments

  1. I need all the luck I can get, so I loved learning about these.

  2. Dina and Bruce says:

    Loved reading about all the luck that we need this year! And we can say we must be feeling lucky cause we are eating a lot of fish!

  3. MacKenzie says:

    Thank you for sharing. My daughter has her 15th birthday party coming up and we are going to serve some of these good luck foods.

  4. I could definitely use some luck in 2024! Thank you for these amazing recipes!

  5. What a fantastic list. They all look and sound marvelous it’s a bonus that they bring good luck.