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New Year’s Eve Prosperity & Luck

Ready in 45 minutes
Serves 8 people

201 calories

Ingredients

  • 8 oz pork loin
    1/2 apple
    1/2 onion
    1/4 tsp cumin
    1/4 tsp cinnamon
    1/2 tsp thyme
    1 tsp lime juice
    1/2 cup white vinegar
    1/3 cup olive oil
    2 TBS ghee
    2 TBS salt
    3 bay leaf
    1 TBS black pepper
    1 butternut squash

Preparation

    1. Slice pork every two inches and add salt and pepper. In a separate bowl emulsify vinegar, olive oil, and lime juice. Add marinade to pork and let chill for 60 min.
    1. Peel and slice butternut squash and mix olive oil, ghee, cinnamon, cumin, and thyme, brush on butternut squash. Cook at 380 F/ 190 C for 45 minutes.
    1. Slice Apples and Onion, and set aside. Pre-heat pan on med/high heat. Add 1 tbs olive oil, and brown the outside of the pork, about 11 min per side, or until crispy brown on the outside.
    2. Remove pork from pan and let sit for 5 minutes. Place apple & onion in between sliced areas. Cook on 380 F/ 190 C, for 20 minutes for med/rare and 35 minutes for well done.
  • Cook any organic lentil soup and plate with butternut squash for a healthy, nutrient dense meal.

Soup: Trader Joe’s Organic Lentil

Tips

Brush Garlic Paste on pork before it hits the pan.

Why Pork?
“The pig has long been a symbol for good luck and well-being. Because of this, many people believe that eating a meal with pork will bring luck in the coming new year. For those who prefer not to eat pork on New Year’s Eve, a sweet alternative, such as Marzipan-Pigs (Marzipanschweine) or pig-shaped chocolates, is believed to bring the same benefits.”
Source: 981thehawk.com
Italian folklore suggests that eating sausage before midnight is a good omen for the New Year; sausage made with pig’s trotters contains a high-fat content and this symbolizes abundance and, when eaten alongside the lentils, which are believed to bring good luck and prosperity, the diner’s financial forecast for the forthcoming year is predicted to be better than the previous.
Source:Italymagazine.com
Why Lentils?
“Italians eat lentils on New Year’s for wealth and prosperity because the flat legumes were believed to resemble Roman coins. They’re traditionally served with — you guessed it: pork — this time in the form of a huge sausage called cotechino that simmers with the lentils.”
Source: The Today Show
Fun Fact: Red Underwear
Just after Christmas, shop windows will be awash with red undergarments; both men and women wear red underwear on New Year’s Eve to bring luck in the coming year; red is also the colour of fertility and those hoping to conceive in the following year also wear red.
Source: italymagazine.com

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