Pork Tenderloin with Warm Plum Sauce

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Traditional Foods You Need on New Years

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What foods bring you luck in the New Year?

The years go by way too fast. Every New Year we make resolutions, eat dinner, watch the ball drop, and kiss someone for good luck. But jow often do we consider our New Year’s dinner a part of the good luck charm? New Year’s traditional foods have been consumed for generations, and should take part in your holiday feast this year for a prosperous 2016.

New Year’s traditions are mostly based off of foods that represent wealth. And hey, who couldn’t use a little extra luck in that area?

Pork Tenderloin with Warm Plum Sauce 

Eating pork is a Midwestern tradition that represents a sign of progress, because the pig pushes forward to consume its food. This tradition is celebrated to push people forward into the New Year, and is typically served with sauerkraut. This pork dish, however, uses sweet purple plum sauce to balance out its juicy, savory pork, making it a delicious, colorful plate to serve this New Year’s.

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Southern Black-Eyed Peas

Various legumes are consumed as a New Year’s tradition because they symbolize money. The beans remind people of coins, and therefore represent future economic wealth in the upcoming New Year. These black-eyed peas are a popular food item in the south, and were brought to the U.S. by both Jews and African Americans. These black-eyed peas are typically cooked with ham and bacon. 

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Spicy Collard Greens

Collard greens are a traditional New Year’s food because the folded over bright green leaves look like money, which is a sign of future economic prosperity. Cook these spicy jalapeño greens for your New Year’s Eve dinner to help your good fortune and wealth in the upcoming year.

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