2015 is right around the corner and I cannot wait to see what next year has in store. The last two years have been pretty tough for me, and I am hoping for some good surprises next year!
I am not an extremely superstitious person, but I’m usually up for a few good luck rituals just for fun. One tradition I have adopted is eating “lucky” foods on New Year’s Day. Who knows if it has had any positive effect, but I really enjoy the tradition. After the excesses of the holidays, who can argue with starting off the new year with a big plate of greens?
I found a great dish earlier this year that is perfect for the first day of the New Year. It incorporates both black-eyed peas and collard greens, which are traditional symbols of luck and prosperity for the coming year. Add to that creamy pureed sweet potatoes, tender brown rice, a sprinkle of spicy Cajun seasoning and a drizzle of darkly sweet maple syrup, and you’ve got a top notch meal to kick off the new year.
Cafe Gratitude calls this the “I Am Resolved” bowl (<-click for recipe), with a subtle nod to New Year’s resolutions. I first tested this recipe out in September. It’s a lot of work, but the end result is definitely worth the effort. Kind of like a New Year’s resolution.
Start soaking the black-eyed peas when you head out for your New Year’s Eve party, and prepare the rest of the dish in the mid- to late afternoon on New Year’s Day, to sweat out any remnants of your NYE hangover.
Although I do not plan to be sweating out a hangover this week or recovering from a NYE party, I do plan to make this dish on New Year’s Day. I’ll work hard to make 2015 an awesome year. . . but I’ll also take all the luck I can get!