I think just about every culture has traditional foods they eat on New Year’s Day to bring them good luck. Here are a few examples, pick a few and see how they work for you. I’ll be having lentil soup myself.
Lentils – shaped like coins, they will bring you wealth.
Black-eyed peas – they also bring wealth.
Collard greens or cabbage – green like money, brings you money. Sauerkraut and Kimchi count too.
Pork – it’s fattiness is a sign of abundance, the fact that it roots in a forward direction signifies progress. Marzipan pigs count too – vegetarian and yummy.
Chicken or turkey – they scratch backwards, so they are a sign of covering up the old and making room for the new. Of course, some cultures consider them unlucky because they will lead to you scratching out a living and regretting the past. I think I’ll play it safe and avoid poultry for a few days.
Fish – a reoccurring theme in many cultures.
Cakes – often rings or round in shape, sometimes they have a small coin or trinket baked inside. The person who gets the piece with the treasure is extra lucky that year.
Grapes – eat 12 at midnight to bring luck all 12 months of the year.
For some lucky recipes and a bit more info, visit Epicurious.com