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Good-luck grub

Make your own luck this New Year's Eve—in the kitchen! People around the world and through history have believed certain foods bring luck in the new year. Whether you believe in luck or not, it can't hurt to try some new recipes this New Year's Eve.

Curried Kale with Black-eyed Peas
Kale, collard greens, and even lettuce wraps are considered lucky because they look like paper money. Black-eyed peas are considered lucky because they resemble little coins and, in hot water, they expand— exactly what we'd like our bank accounts to do!

1 tbsp olive oil
1 sliced onion
1 1/2 cups of water or low-sodium vegetable stock
1 bunch of kale
2 cloves of garlic, chopped
1 1/2 tsp curry powder
1/4 cup of lemon juice
Freshly ground pepper
2 cups of dried black-eyed peas
5 cups of chicken stock
Kosher salt

Bring 5 cups of chicken stock and peas to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 50-55 minutes until the black-eyed peas are tender. In a second saucepan, heat the oil at medium heat, then add onion and stir until onions begin to soften. Drop in the kale, garlic and spices, and cook for two minutes. Stir in the lemon juice. Let the kale wilt, but remove from heat while it's still a delicious dark green, and serve with the black-eyed peas.

Creamy Grape Salad
Sure, you could just stick 12 grapes on a stick and call it lucky. But how fun is that? Whip up this creamy and fresh dessert instead. Each grape represents one month of the year—some grapes (and months) are sour, others are sweet. Grape growers in Spain started the tradition in 1909, and would eat 12 grapes before midnight. The tradition spread to Portugal, Cuba, Mexico and Peru. Make grapes your lucky fruit of the night!

8 ounces of low-fat cream cheese, softened at room temperature
1 cup vanilla yogurt
1 pound green grapes
1 pound red grapes
6 ounces of slivered almonds

Stir the cream cheese and yogurt to combine in a large bowl. Gently fold in the grapes until they are covered. Sprinkle on the almonds. Substitute with walnuts or any other nuts you have left over from the holidays.

Spicy Noodles with Citrus Fruit
Asian countries eat long noodles on New Year’s Eve for good luck, so serve this sweet and tangy recipe at your New Year’s dinner. Dried rice noodles are great, but if you have any stir-fry noodles around or even plain spaghetti, go ahead and use that—we won’t tell!

1 package dried rice noodles
1 orange
1 tangerine
1 tbsp sesame oil
1 tbsp sweet chili sauce 
2 tsp honey
½ tsp salt

In large pot, boil 6 cups water. Add noodles and cook until tender. While they cook, peel citrus fruits and cut into wedges. Put in large bowl. 

Drain the noodles and rinse with cold water, then combine in bowl with fruit. 

In medium bowl, whisk sesame oil, sweet chili sauce, honey, and salt until mixed. Taste-test the sauce (it’ll be strong, but it will mellow out in the noodles) and adjust ingredients to taste. Drizzle over noodles and fruit and serve.

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