What's for Dinner?

Weekly Menu {12.30.17} New Years Food

From Thanksgiving to Christmas, I feel like we have done nothing but eat.  Now, we’re gearing up for the traditional New Years Feast.  There are so many traditional New Years dinner’s that I want to try them all.  So, this year, I’m going to go ahead and do that.

There are so many differnet traditional New Years meals.  This week, we are going to be trying 5 of them.


Pork roast, sauerkraut, and mashed potatoes.

This is the meal that I’ve eaten every New Years Day for as long as I can remember.  I use my mom’s sauerkraut recipe but it never tastes quite as good as hers.

Pork and sauerkraut is our traditional New Years Day meal. It's supposed to bring good luck for the new year.


Smoked Sausage Black Eyed Peas from In The Kitchen With Kath

A tradition from the Southern U.S., black eyed peas are said to bring prosperity in the new year because of their “penny like” appearance.  Let’s hope it’s true!

Black eyed peas are said to bring prosperity to the new year because they look like pennies.


Easy Chicken Lo Mein from Just a Taste

In Asia, it’s believed that long noodles represent a long life.  I’m all for this tradition!  I hope we all get to enjoy a long and happy life.

Long noodles represent a long life. I'm totally down for this New Years traditional meal.



Spicy Collard Greens from Spicy Southern Kitchen

People from around the world eat greens on New Years Day because the “green” represents wealth.  I’m willing to give it a shot!

People all over the world believe that eating greens will bring good luck because it's the color of money.



Leftovers and “Soak up the Bad” Russian Potato Salad from Global Table Adventure

Who would have thought that the Russian’s would focus on foods meant to soak up alcohol?  Huh.  Oh well.  This sober mama is gonna love this potato salad!

A russian New Years tradition is to eat potato salad to soak up the excess alcohol they consumed the night before. Who woulda thunk?


I absolutely LOVE experiencing the traditions of other cultures.  It gives you an opportunity to broaden your horizons and see the world from a different perspective.  It allows you to open your mind and share in experiences that you may otherwise never be able to enjoy.  I can’t wait to try all of these traditional meals!

May you all have a safe and wonderful new year!