10 Lucky Vegan Recipes For New Year's

December 29, 2015

Do you consider yourself lucky? For me, on a very superficial level, I’d say no: I never win contests, find money on the sidewalk, or bump into celebrities on the street. In a more visceral sense, however, I consider myself a very fortunate person. I am in good health, have a steady income, and am surrounded by friends and family who accept me as I am. Do we really need much else to be happy?

And yet, at the onset of each New Year’s, we’re not only subjected to the standard weight loss rhetoric, but we also hear a lot of (superstitious?) talk as it relates to having a hand in our prosperity in the coming year, often by making and consuming particular foods. I’ve no idea where there’s any substance to this tradition, but I do think the idea of eating “lucky” foods is a fun way to incorporate nutrition and variety to one’s diet, if nothing else!

I’ve compiled a list of some of our favorite recipes utilizing some of these special ingredients–with a vegan twist, of course 🙂 Whether or not you eat these foods in the next week, I wish you a happy, healthy new year!

Black Eyed Peas

Southern Black Eyed Peas


Winter Minestrone (sub black eyed peas for kidney beans!)


Collard Greens

Kimchi Stuffed Collard Rolls


Chickpea Caesar Salad



Vegan Korean Tofu Dumplings (mandu)

Korean Tofu Dumpling Soup 


Vegan Mushroom and Spinach Dumplings


Vegan Johnny Cake


Wild Rice Stuffed Acorn Squash


Ring-Shaped Pastries

Mini Chai Bundt Cakes


Orange Currant Muffins (bake in a donut pan!)


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Photos: Claire-Marie Harris (black eyed peas); Jessie Brown (mushroom dumplings); Lauren Sacerdote (collard roll and acorn squash); Jessica Riley-Norton (Johnny cake); Danielle Horvatin (chai cake); Peaceful Dumpling (rest)

Contributing Editor Molly Lansdowne lives in Boston, Massachusetts. In her free time, she enjoys writing, practicing yoga, and traveling around New England. Follow Molly on Pinterest @bostonvegan and Instagram @molly_lansdowne.


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