Many people believe what you eat on New Year's Day has lot to do with how your year will treat you. Meijer Dietitian/Healthy Living Advisor Janine Faber, MEd, RD, LD is ready to show just how to get the most nutritional bang from your lucky foods.
Lucky Foods for the New Year
·Pork: Eating pork on New Year's Day is a German tradition. Pork signifies abundance and plenty of food. Pigs also root forward into the ground, which symbolizes progress/moving forward (because poultry scratches backwards, and a cow stands still).
·Greens: Eating greens, the color of money, may bring money and prosperity for the New Year. Greens are very low calorie and are packed with nutrients such as energy boosting B-vitamins, iron for healthy blood, and antioxidants that help to defend against agents that cause aging and chronic disease.
·Other Lucky Foods:
·Black-Eyed Peas: will attract both general good luck and financial good fortune.
·Lentil soup: lentils supposedly look like coins.
--Beans are an inexpensive source of protein, vitamins and fiber which supports gut health.
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Pork Cutlets with Ginger-Pear Sauce
1 tbsp. Meijer olive oil
8 (3 oz.) pork cutlets
1/2 cup dry white wine
3 tbsp. Meijer unsalted butter
1 tbsp. brown sugar
1 tbsp. peeled, grated gingerroot
2 medium pears, peeled, cored and cubed
Chopped fresh parsley
1. In a large skillet heat oil over medium heat. Lightly season pork with salt and pepper to taste. Add pork to skillet; cook 3 to 4 minutes per side. Transfer pork to a platter; set aside.
2. Return skillet to heat. For the sauce, stir in wine, scraping up browned bits. Cook until wine is reduced by half. Add butter, brown sugar and ginger; stir to combine.
3. Add pears; cook 5 to 7 minutes, coating with sauce. Spoon pears and sauce on pork, sprinkle with parsley, and serve.
Nutrition information per serving: Calories 342, Total Fat 16g, Saturated Fat 7g, Cholesterol 106mg, Sodium 68mg, Total Carbohydrates 17g, Dietary Fiber 3g, Sugars 11g. Recipe source: IN Marketing Services.
Stir-Fried Gingery Kale
Smashed Red Potatoes
Stir-Fried Gingery Kale
1 tbsp canola oil
2 tbsp peeled, finely minced fresh ginger root
1 pkg, 1 lb. Cut n' Clean Kale
2 tbsp low sodium soy sauce
1/2 cup water
2 tbsp sesame seeds
1. In a medium skillet, heat canola oil. Saute ginger root over medium heat, stirring occasionally for 1 minute. Add 1 lb. bag Cut n' Clean Kale and increase heat to medium-high. Add soy sauce and water and stir-fry until the kale is wilted, but still slightly crunchy, about 3 minutes. Sprinkle with sesame seeds. Source: Meijer Healthy Living
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