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Holiday Cookbook: Lucky New Year Recipes

Luck is defined as the good or bad things that happen by chance rather than through one’s own actions. Often we think of good luck bringing good fortune. There are many good luck superstitions associated with the new year. For example, eating black-eyed peas on New Year’s Day is believed to bring prosperity throughout the year. Or eating a dish of long noodles for longevity of life.

Our new Today’s Kidney Diet (TKD) cookbook features recipes with ingredients thought to bring good luck. Whether you believe in luck or not, you are bound to enjoy some of the delicious kidney-friendly recipes in the TKD Lucky New Year Recipes cookbook.

Recipe ingredients include grapes, orange, pomegranate, black-eyed peas, cabbage, greens, fish, lentils, noodles and pork. These foods are associated with at least one good luck belief from different cultures. Try Roast Pork with Apples or Italian Style Baked Cod for an entrée. Add a Cabbage Salad, Chinese Rice Noodles, or Southern-Style Collard Greens with a side of Black-Eyed Pea Hash for a side dish. Enjoy a Pomegranate Refresher plus Orange Bundt Cake with Honey Glaze for dessert. Your New Year’s guests are sure to feel lucky after a holiday feast that includes some of these delicious dishes.

My favorite recipe in this cookbook has to be the Rice Pudding with Cranberry Sauce. It’s a modification of a Scandinavian holiday recipe (traditionally made with cherry sauce). An almond hidden in one serving brings good luck all year to the person lucky enough to find it in their pudding. Of course, you could add an almond to each serving to bring luck to all!

In addition to recipes, you will find information on good luck food history, tips for hosting a New Year’s Day brunch, healthy eating tips, and how to safely add beans and peas to your kidney diet.

Download your copy of Today’s Kidney Diet: Lucky New Year Recipes cookbook today. You might just begin to feel lucky after looking through the recipes.

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This article is for informational purposes only and is not a substitute for medical advice or treatment. Consult your physician and dietitian regarding your specific diagnosis, treatment, diet and health questions.

Sara Colman, RDN, CDCES

Sara Colman, RDN, CDCES

Sara is a renal dietitian with over 30 years experience working with people with diabetes and kidney disease. She is co-author of the popular kidney cookbook "Cooking for David: A Culinary Dialysis Cookbook". Sara is the Manager of Kidney Care Nutrition for DaVita. She analyzes recipes and creates content, resources and tools for the kidney community. In her spare time Sara loves to spend time with her young grandson, including fun times together in her kitchen.