Lucky Meatless Recipes to Start the Chinese New Year

January 23rd, 2017


The Chinese New Year begins this Saturday to usher in the “Year of the Rooster.” This annual tradition originates from a timeless legend about a deadly beast who could only be frightened away by loud noises, bright lights and the color red. The vibrant festivities take place not only in Mainland China, but also in areas with significant Chinese populations, such as Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, Singapore, Thailand, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines.

The Chinese year is based on the lunar calendar and the animal for each year is assigned by Chinese astrology. In fact, if you’re interested, check out these additional Chinese New Year tidbits.

This two-week celebration is full of family, fun, and, of course, great food. Special dishes are prepared that are said to bring prosperity and good fortune in the New Year. The classic Chinese dumplings, which can be made with just vegetables, are always a favorite. And Spring Rolls have a pale yellow color that resembles gold bars. There’s also “good fortune fruit,” such as oranges and tangerines, that are always very popular.

We invite you to enjoy some of these wonderful meatless recipes below and wish you good fortune and great prosperity in the coming Chinese New Year!

 

Longevity Noodles, Driftwood Gardens 

 Longevity Noodles, Driftwood Gardens

Tea Eggs for Chinese New Year,  She’s Cookin’


Tea Eggs for Chinese New Year, She's Cookin'

Soy Nuggets in Chinese Garlic Brown Sauce, Simply Vegetarian 777

Soy Nuggets in Chinese Garlic Brown Sauce, Simply Vegetarian 777

Vegetarian Chinese Dumplings in Soup, An Exercise in Trivial Pursuits

Vegetarian Chinese Dumplings in Soup, An Exercise in Trivial Pursuits

Honey, Soy, and Ginger Stir-Fry, 40 Plus and All is Well

Honey, Soy, and Ginger Stir-Fry, 40 Plus and All is Well

Stir Fry Spicy Green Beans, Easy Cooking with Molly

Stir Fry Spicy Green Beans, Easy Cooking with Molly

Vegetable Spring Roll, Bok Choi and BroccoliVegetable Spring Roll, Bok Choi and Broccoli

For more recipes to help you celebrate a meatless Chinese New Year, visit our Pinterest board or the Meatless Monday recipe archive!