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New Years Lucky Foods Menu IdeasNew Years Lucky Foods Menu Ideas

So you’ve read our New Year’s Lucky Foods post, and are planning your menu.  Don’t know where to start? We have lots of suggestions on this post of New Years Lucky Foods Menu Ideas.

Lucky Food Menu Ideas – Appetizers:

No chicken wings or mini meatballs on this menu!  Remember that chickens scratch backwards and cows stay still, so avoid both New Year’s Eve or New Year’s day.  Plan appetizers with eggs, veggies, pork, fish, shrimp or cheese.  Figs, grapes and pomegranate are also good options.

So just think of your favorite appetizers that include at least one of these lucky foods.

Here are some popular appetizer options that include 1 or more New Years lucky foods:

Lucky Food Menu Ideas – Vegetarian Appetizer Ideas:

  • Cheeseballs
  • Caked brie
  • Guacamole
  • Stuffed cherry tomatoes
  • Kale chips
  • Stuffed dates
  • Bruschetta
  • Stuffed portobello mushrooms, peppers or cabbage
  • Soba noodles with veggies & tofu
  • Baked onion dip
  • Grape & ricotta crostini with roasted hazelnuts
  • Quinoa & kale phyllo cups with pomegranate seeds

New Years Lucky Lentil Bean SoupLucky Food Menu Ideas – Main Dish:

In our house you typically get a bowl of white rice with black eyed peas (made with ham hocks,) along with a side of greens and corn bread. Remember anything made with corn meal is believed to represent good fortune because of it’s golden color.

Hoppin’ John is a popular choice because you can mix in rice, pork, greens and beans – all on the approved lucky foods list. In a Spanish household, another dish would be Congri which is white rice, black beans and pork. If you don’t like black eyed peas, lentils are also popular due to their green color. Any rice, including risotto are all good options as well, since they swell when you cook them, which represents abundance in the New Year.

Don’t forget about noodles. There are tons of recipes that call for noodles – just don’t cut the noodles – boil and serve them whole which represents long life.

Fish…all fish are a good main course except for catfish since they are bottom dwellers. Remember that the fish scales represent silver and fish swim forward good symbols for the new year. If you are only cooking for 1 or 2 people, fish tacos are quick and easy. Remember no turkey, chicken, steak, lamb, lobster or crab.

collage of mixed traditional christmas food

So to recap, here are some New Years lucky foods dinner and side dish ideas:

Soups: In the mood for soup? Make a fish stew, seafood boullabaisse or minestrone soup with lots of beans and veggies in it. You can also include Italian or Andouille sausage. Ribollita is a popular bean and veggie stew in Tuscany or try an Italian Fish soup.  Try a tomato bisque or a pumpkin soup.  Perhaps a meatless chili with several types of beans or a hearty mushroom soup. In Romania, they make Ciroba de Varza, which is cabbage soup.

Want to order out? For Chinese order a pork fried rice or pork lo mein. BBQ – have ribs or pulled pork. Italian – have pasta with sausage, cheese lasagna or a pepperoni and sausage pizza. Of course cheese pizza works too, I just try to keep sneaking that pig in there, since so many cultures believe it brings good luck both because it roots forward, which we all want to progress in the New Year, and also because their fatty meat is said to be symbolic for a fat wallet.


Round cakes, cookies, donuts and pies all work. If you want to impress, make some chocolate truffles. Try Grand Marnier Chocolate Volcano cake, Raspberry creme brulee, Looking for more healthy, try Almond Butter Balls.


If you didn’t eat enough at the stroke of midnight and are in the mood for breakfast, stay away from omelets and go for round shaped items like quiche lorraine, donuts, crepes, pancakes or bagels. (round representing coins again.) Of course smoked salmon or white fish on your bagels combines the good luck from fish along with your round bagel.

We hope you enjoy these fun ideas, and wish you good fortune in the new year!

Other New Year’s posts that may interest you:

New Years Traditions and Superstitions

New Years Lucky Food Recipes (on Pinterest)

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