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Good food = good luck for Chinese New Year

By Hilary Meyer, January 20, 2009 - 3:36am

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Good food = good luck for Chinese New Year

This year I’m going to be one of well over 1 billion people who will celebrate the start of the Chinese New Year on January 26. I’m throwing a dinner party to celebrate—it’s a great excuse to try some healthy Chinese recipes and share great food with friends.
Here’s my Chinese New Year Menu (including foods considered to bring good luck, such as lettuce wraps and noodles):

Five-Spice Turkey & Lettuce Wraps: Based on a popular Chinese dish, these fun wraps also make appealing appetizers for entertaining.

Long-Life Noodles with Green Tea: Baked tofu, bell peppers and scallions are stir-fried with udon noodles in this quick and easy dish.

Vegetable Fried Rice: Nothing could be easier than this light version of fried rice. We've used instant brown rice, but if you have leftover cold rice or can pick some up at a Chinese restaurant on the way home, use that instead and skip Step 1.

Scallop & Shrimp Dumplings: People along the Yangtze River enjoy dumplings with a variety of fillings, from seafood to red meat, eggs to vegetables. In Wuhan, dumplings may be served at any meal. Crisp, pan-fried dumplings don’t have to be loaded with fat. Cooking them in a mix of water and oil makes them crisp on the bottom, tender and juicy inside.

Ginger-Garlic Dipping Sauce: In addition to being a delicious dipping sauce for dumplings, this can be used as a marinade for chicken, pork or tofu.

TAGS: Hilary Meyer, Food Blog, Dinner, Entertaining, Holidays, Quick meals

Hilary Meyer
EatingWell Associate Food Editor Hilary Meyer spends much of her time in the EatingWell Test Kitchen, testing and developing healthy recipes. She is a graduate of New England Culinary Institute.

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