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Meals To Make on New Year’s Day

Meals To Make on New Year's Day

This weekend we’re saying goodbye to 2022, and what a year it’s been. I can’t imagine a better way to begin another year than enjoying food with my family. If you’re looking for meals to make on New Year’s Day keep reading.

Hearty and filling, I really like Karina Alcala’s (Macks Creek, MO) Lentil Chili.

“I love to make this chili because my kids love it,” explains Karina. “I can sneak in vegetables and they don’t even know it.”

It’s so tasty, you don’t even realize it’s meat-free. The lentils and beans soak up the delicious chili flavors. I love the bits of sweet corn and carrots throughout. You can make this vegetarian by using vegetable broth instead of chicken broth.

“My friend, Rudy, had the best cabbage I had ever tasted,” reveals Bea L. “She said that she baked hers in the oven rather than boiling it on top of the stove.”

Bea shared a Baked Cabbage recipe that features cabbage, butter, and a few other ingredients and walks you through the baking process.

And she gives options for seasonings where you can make the recipe your own. Paprika and red pepper were my seasonings of choice. With Bea’s technique, the cabbage is perfectly done.

Another recipe featuring cabbage is Robin Lieneke’s (Chamois, MO) Black-Eyed Peas And Little Smokies With Cabbage.

“This is the perfect New Year’s Day lunch,” thinks Robin. “The broth it makes is so tasty you will want it throughout the year.”

This has traditional black-eyed peas and cabbage, and it is also delicious. You can use black-eyed peas with jalapenos to add a little kick to the dish.

The lil’ smokies add slight smokiness and make it hearty. Serve with cornbread as Robin suggests for quite the New Year’s Day meal.

Elizabeth D.’s Slow Cooker Black-Eyed Pea And Cabbage Soup is a great way to use the leftover hambone.

“Serving black-eyed peas and cabbage on New Year’s Day is a Southern tradition to ensure luck and wealth for the coming year,” reveals Elizabeth. “This has a Southwestern kick for good measure.”

What I love most is that the soup is full of fresh veggies. Make sure to crumble a little cornbread on top when serving. Yum!

“I don’t really eat pork a lot… usually,” shares Kimberly Kolligs (Aberdeen, MD). “But apples can make anything amazing!”

Kimberly’s Apple Pork Loin has simple ingredients and the results are super tasty.

The combination of sweet apples and onions pairs well with the savory pork. Serve with egg noodles, it’s a delicious (and easy) dinner your family will love.

These New Year’s Day meals are filled with symbolic ingredients that are thought to bring good fortune. While I can’t guarantee they’ll bring luck, prosperity, and wealth, I can promise happy taste buds. Happy Pinching!