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Pork and Cabbage New Year’s Day Good Luck Meal

Many cultures have a tradition of eating "good luck foods" on New Year's Day to bring health, happiness, and wealth to a new year. A standard meal is pork and cabbage, while other families eat corned beef and cabbage.

December 26, 2023

New Year Day Pork Cabbage Recipe Ideas

Lucky Pork and Cabbage Recipes

The holiday season brings us many customs, and New Year’s Day has a tradition of eating certain foods to bring good luck into the new year. The tradition varies from culture to culture, but all share a theme of gathering with people you love to celebrate and look forward to the upcoming year. In the United States and parts of Europe, a standard meal is pork and cabbage, while other families eat corned beef and cabbage or black-eyed peas and collard greens. 

Eating 12 grapes on New Year’s Eve is customary in Spain – one for each clock chime. Japanese families prepare a traditional New Year’s meal with colorful dishes that symbolize health, happiness, and longevity.  Pork and cabbage meals are a favorite in my home, and this post brings you several family favorites to try. Make a new tradition in your home with one of these delicious recipes. 

Make-Ahead Shaved Brussels Sprout Salad

Make-ahead shaved Brussels sprout salad with apples, dried cherries, feta, and walnuts tossed with a honey mustard dressing is a healthy and delicious side dish. This easy, make-ahead recipe tastes better as it sits - even the next day! It will turn Brussels sprout skeptics into fans.

Grilled Pork Tenderloin – Lime Ginger Marinade

Marinate this tender meat in soy sauce, lime juice, honey, ginger, garlic, and red pepper to deliver a complex seasoning combination. Grilled Pork Tenderloin - Lime Ginger Marinade is a quick cooking recipe that is perfect for a weeknight dinner. Make extras so you have leftovers to spare.

Grilled Maple Pork Chops with Hot and Tangy Sauce

Grilled Maple Pork Chops with Hot and Tangy Sauce that tenderizes and flavors the meat. The maple syrup gives the caramelized grill marks and the lemon keeps the chops juicy for a home run dinner.

Extra Crispy Roasted Shaved Brussels Sprouts

Something magical happens when Brussels sprouts are thinly sliced and roasted on a sheet pan. They transform into extra crispy roasted Brussels sprouts with a rich caramelized flavor that goes perfectly with a splash of lemon juice and a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese. This recipe is a delicious, fast, and simple side dish that will get many requests.

Corned Beef and Cabbage – Instant Pot, Stovetop, Crockpot

Bursting with flavors and veggies, this recipe gives 3 ways to make Corned Beef and Cabbage - Instant Pot, stovetop and slow cooker.

Classic Sweet and Sour Red Cabbage with Apples

This colorful sweet and sour red cabbage with apple recipe has an impressive list of health benefits and is an excellent side dish with pork tenderloin, pork chops, or ribs.

Cabbage and Pomegranate Superfood Salad

The perfect cold-weather salad - Cabbage and Pomegranate Superfood Salad with a delicious Asian vinaigrette. The colorful ingredients are nutrient-packed.

What Vegetables are in the Cabbage Family?

The cabbage family includes the traditional head of red and green cabbage, but some other members include:

  • Bok Choy
  • Broccoli
  • Brussels Sprouts
  • Cauliflower

Special Occasion Dinners

Are you looking for more special occasion meals?  These carefully planned and curated recipe lists will simplify your meal planning.

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Karen the Supper Sanity Home Chef

Welcome to Supper Sanity

Hello, I’m Karen, a very passionate meal planner. As a mother of three, I have been planning family menus for years. When I was diagnosed with a digestive condition, I found it necessary to follow an eating regime that eliminated many ingredients. That made meal planning a health necessity. I’ve learned a lot and want to share my resources to simplify meal planning, shop efficiently and cook affordable homemade meals. If you wish to try new recipes, plan healthier meals, and enjoy a great dinner with your friends and family, Supper Sanity can help.

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