Lucky Foods For A Good Year

This January 1st instead of taking a chance on having a good year put luck on your side by making a menu of good luck foods. There are many cultures that believe in eating certain foods to ensure a fortunate year, so follow in their footsteps to have a terrific upcoming year.

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Lentil soup

Pulled Pork Sandwiches

Makes 8-10 servings


  • 2 pound pork shoulder or butt
  • 12 ounces dark beer
  • 12 ounces barbecue sauce
  • 8-10 round Italian rolls


  1. Place pork in slow cooker with beer; cover slow cooker and cook on low for 6 to 8 hours or until pork is cooked through and tender.
  2. While pork is still in slow cooker shred with a fork and stir in barbecue sauce. Top each roll with pork.

Lentil Soup

Makes 8 to 10 servings


  • 1 yellow onion, peeled and chopped
  • 4 large carrots, chopped
  • 2 celery stalks, chopped
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 (14.5-ounce) can diced tomatoes
  • 1 1/2 cups dry lentils
  • 5 cups water
  • 5 cups chicken stock
  • 2 tablespoons vinegar
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Sauté onions, carrots, and celery in olive oil until onions are tender. Add in garlic, bay leaf, oregano, and basil and sauté another minute or two.
  2. Add tomatoes, lentils, water, and chicken stock; bring mixture to a boil then reduce heat and let simmer for about 1 hour or until lentils are tender.
  3. When ready to serve stir in vinegar and salt and pepper. Serve hot.

Collard Greens and Bacon

Makes 10 servings


  • 1tablespoons minced garlic
  • 5 slices bacon, chopped
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 5 cups chicken stock
  • 5 bunches collard greens, rinsed and trimmed
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Saute garlic and bacon in olive oil until garlic is golden and bacon is crispy.
  2. Add chicken stock to pot with bacon along with collard greens. Cover pot and simmer on high for about 45 minutes, stirring a few times.
  3. Lower heat to medium and season greens with salt and pepper. Simmer greens an additional 45 minutes to 1 hour or greens are cooked down. Drain liquid from pot and serve hot.

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    Comments on "New Year’s menu"

    Suz December 21, 2010 | 8:17 AM

    Yum, bring on the good luck with the good food :-)

    vaibav December 20, 2010 | 6:27 AM

    This is one of the great new years recipes that which i ever going to have.Among many new years menu it is one of most delicious.

    Grace December 20, 2010 | 2:58 AM

    I thought of preparing a tasty new year's recipe on Jan 1st.Think these are the good tips for new years menu.

    suman inguva December 20, 2010 | 2:56 AM

    I am searching for new years recipes for this very new year.Finally i found here the new year menu which also bring luck for me.Thanks.

    Gee December 19, 2010 | 9:55 AM

    Thankyou for some great ideas on new year's recipes. I am going to try some of these in my food and surprise my family with the much bette new year menu!

    Lynn December 18, 2010 | 1:57 PM

    Our New Year's menu has been the same for generations. My family always makes pork and sauerkraut each year for good luck. Now that we've moved to the southern US, I'm using some "southern" New Year's recipes too. I'd never heard of some of the items on this list. It was informative!

    Sid December 18, 2010 | 3:42 AM

    Wow this new years recipes will definitly be on my families new years menu!.

    dan December 18, 2010 | 3:30 AM

    New year is already here so this is the time for new year nuitritious new years recipes. What are the recipes in your new year menu

    shan December 17, 2010 | 2:31 AM

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    Ash December 17, 2010 | 1:14 AM

    I'm planning to make new years recipes from this new years menu.I'm sure that all of my family members surely like this new years recipes. Thank you

    shweta December 15, 2010 | 7:02 AM

    this is first time i m reading this type of news...Sure this new year I will try something like this.

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