Blog post originally published on Teuko, on January 3, 2018.
While we all need inspiration and motivation to go back in the kitchen and pack our kids’ first lunches of 2018, why not pick inspiration among these foods that are supposed to bring them good luck in the New Year? Here is for you a selection of food and packed lunches inspiration. Time to update your grocery list!
Lentils. Italians eat lentils on New Year’s for wealth and prosperity because the flat legumes were believed to resemble Roman coins. Lunchbox ideas with lentils
Soba Noodles. In Japan, they signify long life, but only if you eat them without breaking or chewing them. Lunchbox ideas with noodles
Black-Eyed Peas, Greens and Cornbread. “Peas for pennies, greens for dollars, and cornbread for gold”. In America, back to the Civil War era, black–eyed peas were used to feed grazing cattle. Leafy greens resemble folded paper money symbolizing wealth and prosperity. Lunchbox ideas with corn; Lunchbox ideas with peas
Pork. Its rich, delicious fattiness symbolize wealth and prosperity. Pigs are also “root forward” with their noses, which is supposed to symbolize progress. Lunchbox ideas with pork
Fish. Asian cultures feast on whole fish to celebrate Lunar New year, while on the other side of the globe, Europeans eat cod, herring, and carp. They do stand for coinage and plenty of it. Lunchbox ideas with Cod
Grapes. In Spain and Mexico, eating 12 grapes at midnight as the clock strikes once for each hour will bring you luck for the 12 months ahead. Lunchbox ideas with grapes
We can’t wait to see what will your first lunch boxes look like in 2018!
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Happy New Year!