How to Make New Year's Day a Meal You'll Actually Want to Eat

December 24, 2021 0 Comments

How to Make New Year's Day a Meal You'll Actually Want to Eat

The best new year’s day recipes  to get the year off to a good start. Each New Year’s Day is just a few days away. It’s the perfect time to catch up on your resolutions and start the year off right with a healthy, happy meal! 

What To Eat On The First Day Of The Year

January is a time of new beginnings. New hopes, new dreams and new resolutions. It is the time for change and improvement. It is also the time when Mother Nature decides to give us as much winter as possible and discourage us from being outside.

In all seriousness, it is not that bad. We can enjoy things like soup and hot chocolate in the evening, before settling in front of our TV to watch the latest box-set. Now is the ideal time to start thinking about what you are going to  eat in the new year.

First, I would recommend starting the day off with simple things like a banana and some nuts, or even seeds. Nuts and seeds are nature's idea of what is a healthy breakfast. They both contain vitamins, minerals and protein to keep you going in the morning before you have coffee.

After this, I would recommend spreading out a dainty plate of seasonal fruit. Mix and match. It’s great for variety. Maybe add some nuts as well.

Next, to be really healthy, consider making a large plate of warm oatmeal. Mix in some dried fruits, some nuts, some seeds or some oatmeal flakes. Try to get the oats as organic as possible. Leave them in a hot pan until all the good bits are dissolved and then serve with seasonal fruit. You can also add honey, maple syrup or molasses – it all depends on what you have available!

Last, and probably the most important meal of the day, breakfast. As I have previously stated, in nature's eyes breakfast is the most important meal of the day because it is the easiest meal to miss. It is important to think about what you want to eat first thing in the morning, but it is also just as important to remember that we all need to keep our metabolism going. This means that no matter how many healthy options you are cooking, you still need to have a balance of foods throughout your whole day.

If you are eating healthy foods but are still feeling sluggish, then you should consider increasing your calorie intake. Eating healthy is key but if you want to stay awake and alert all day then you should include some fats in your diet. Make sure that you are eating enough carbohydrates though, as carbohydrates give you energy when you need them most.

Another thing to consider is hydration. It is possible for your body to be dehydrated all day. If you regularly drink coffee, tea or soft drinks, this can have the effect you are drinking a lot of water but you may not be absorbing it. To refresh ourselves, we need to drink water. This may sound obvious but it is important to drink two liters of water every day. It may seem like a lot but it is not. Somewhere between 3 and 6 glasses a day should suffice.

If you do all of this then you should be raring to go when you reach the end of the day. You now have more motivation than ever to be healthy and feel great.

Recipes  that are easy to make but great for celebrating New Year’s Day -New Year's Day recipes for good luck

1. Panettone Bread

A lot of people will be looking for recipes  and ideas for their new years celebrations. We thought we would share our simple recipe with you for an Italian inspired Panettone Bread. This bread is simple to make and perfect for those nights where you just want to chill out and have good food.

We love Italian food. Italy is one of our favorite places to travel. The food, the people and especially the architecture.

Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 50g (2 tablespoons) caster sugar
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 120g (1 cup) flour
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 225g (2.2 cups) milk
  • 1 egg
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 loaf tin approx 20cm x 25cm (8” x 10”

Method:

  • Preheat the oven to 190oC/375oF.
  • Mix together sugar, zest and flour.
  • In a separate bowl, lightly beat the egg and add the milk, oil, salt and nutmeg.
  • Make a hole in the middle of the dry mixture and add the egg mixture.
  • Mix until just combined.
  • Add the cinnamon.
  • Don’t panic, it will come together and form a sticky dough.
  • Place the dough into 2 greased loaf tins (make sure it spreads out).
  • Use a mix of flour and sugar to grease a shelf in the oven.
  • Place tins on the greased shelf.
  • Using your fingers, push the dough flat.
  • Sprinkle the top with sugar.
  • Bake for 45-50 minutes until the bread is golden brown.
  • Remove bread from tins and place on cooling rack

2. Beef Stew

New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day are the perfect time to whip up something delicious. New Year’s was founded by the Romans, to celebrate a new year. It is also known as the Feast of Lanterns, because of its association with fire.


The traditions surrounding the New Year’s celebrations have changed over the years. Generally they are mainly tied to family, friends, food, celebration and coming together. If you are hosting evening or dinner parties this is the perfect time of year to try something exciting and new. New Year’s recipes  are generally simple to make with fresh ingredients and are ideal for celebrating the new year with friends and family.

Slow cooked beef with barley, carrots and wine

This slow cooked beef dish is winter comfort food at its finest. It is hearty, savory and packed with flavor. The barley, carrots and wine give this a depth of flavor which is accented by the lean beef.


Ingredients for and delicious Winter Beef Stew:

  • 1 lb of Beef
  • 1 tbsp Olive oil
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 carrot, diced
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 2 sprigs of rosemary, grated
  • 2 sprigs of thyme, grated
  • 2 sprigs of parsley, grated
  • 1 cup of pearl barley 
  • 4 cups of beef stock
  • 3 tbsp of brown sugar
  • 3 tbsp of white wine
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Piece of crusty bread

Method

  • Heat olive oil in a casserole dish. Add the lamb and cook on low to medium heat.
  • Shallow fry the diced onion in the olive oil. Add the carrot and garlic and rosemary to the oil and cook until the vegetables are soft.
  • Add the thyme and parsley and cook for 1 minute. Stir in the pearl barley, stock and brown sugar.
  • Cover and place in the oven for 2hours or until the beef is tender.
  • Serve with crusty bread
  • Sweet and Sour Brussels Sprouts- Brussels sprouts are regarded as a ‘superfood’. They are packed full of vitamins and contain antioxidants. They are low in carbohydrates and high in fiber.

Ingredients

  • 1 head of Brussels Sprouts
  • 1/4 cup of Chicken or Vegetable stock
  • 2/3 cup of Cranberry juice
  • 2/3 cup of Orange juice
  • 1/2 cup of Apple cider vinegar
  • Salt
  • Pepper

Directions

  • Preheat the oven to 200C
  • Peel the outer leaves of the sprout off and cut them away.
  • Cut head in half. Remove some of the thicker parts of the sprout and cut away all the other parts.
  • Place all the Brussels sprouts in a baking dish. Drizzle over a little of the stock and toss around.
  • Cover with foil and bake for 30 minutes.
  • Remove foil and mix the cranberries, orange juice and apple cider vinegar in a bowl. Pour over the Brussels and roast for 20 minutes or until the sprouts are soft and juicy.
  • Roast garlic
  • What better way to start the new year than with garlic? Garlic is one of the simplest foods to cook.

Ingredients

  • 1⁄2 a head of garlic
  • 1 tbsp Olive oil

Directions

  • Preheat the oven to 180C
  • Wrap the head of garlic in a garlic paper.
  • Place the garlic with the garlic paper in the hot ashes of the fire so that the garlic stems.
  • Bake for 45 minutes to 1 hour.
  • Allow garlic cloves to cool. Squeeze roasted garlic cloves from the skins.
Top recipes  to party New Year’s  It's that time of year again, the time of the year where we all gather as family and friends. It's time to enjoy each other’s company and reflect on the year that has passed. The food we serve is as important as the time we spend together. It’s our way of honoring the past and making room for the future. We all have memories and traditions and we can share those stories and create new ones as we go. We want you to know that we care about you and understand what you are going through. This is your day of hope. One day you will again have more of your usual self.

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