Paleo Chinese New Year Recipes
Paleo Chinese New Year Recipes ! A collection of 20+ Paleo Chinese food to celebrate the upcoming Chinese lunar New Year !
Chinese New Year usually falls between the end of January and early February, depending on the lunar calendar. Similar to the Christmas holiday, it’s a time for family to reunite and celebrate the new year together.
團圓飯 [Tuányuán fàn] means reunion dinner. The whole family will travel from afar and gather together often in grandparents’ house to enjoy a meal together
Depending on the region and nationality, folks from the northern or southern parts of China, Japan, Taiwan, and Korea will have slightly different dinner menus to celebrate the Lunar New Year.
A typical New Year’s eve dinner for families in the southern part of China will have a wide variety of protein dishes such as chicken, fish, and pork or beef. The more variety, the better. It symbolizes good luck for the future and shows gratitude to our ancestors. Rice cakes and sticky rice mixed with minced pork and eggs and steamed in lotus leaves are also quite common.
For folks from the Northern part of China, Japan, and Taiwan, dumplings and hot pot are essential. I remember that when I was little, my grandma, who made the best handmade Chinese dumplings, would stuff one small red date inside of one dumpling out of the hundreds she made.
One lucky person who happened to eat the dumpling with red date would have the best luck for the coming year and that person would receive a bigger red envelope (with more cash inside) than others. You can imagine how hard little kids would fight to find that one lucky dumpling. :))
Oh, and because anything round-shaped symbolizes harmony, a type of sweet dessert made with sticky rice flour and stuffed with sweet bean, sesame, or lotus paste called, Tang Yuan [湯圓], is also quite popular.
Paleo Chinese New Year Recipes
For this year’s Chinese New Year Recipes, I’ve rounded-up a few highlights of Paleo recipes that I’ve shared on the blog this past year.
So if you love Chinese food and want to share the New Year luck with us, make sure you scroll down the menu. All of them are gluten free, Paleo friendly, and with no added sugar. And of course, super delicious !
Wishing you all a very happy and healthy New Year.
Appetizers/Finger Food – Paleo Chinese New Year Recipes
Paleo Dim Sum – Shumai. My Google ranked No. 1 recipe Paleo Dim Sum made with steamed juicy meatballs and wrapped in umami-rich cabbage leaves.
Paleo Popcorn Meatballs – a delightful Taiwanese popcorn meatballs. Perfect for kids and adults to enjoy !
Paleo Crispy Baked Chicken Wings – crispy outside and juicy inside baked Paleo chicken wings. It even comes with a special sweet and slightly spicy dipping sauce.
Side Dishes – Paleo Chinese New Year Recipes
Chilled Zucchini Sides – crunchy and refreshing zucchini side dish that’s very simple and quick to prepare.
Bok Choy Soup
Shiitake Mushrooms with Baby Bok Choy – a simple and umami-rich side dish that’s perfect to go along with any main dishes and also vegetarian friendly.
Paleo Mongolian Beef – My readers’ No.1 favorite recipe !
Paleo Pineapple Cauliflower Fried Rice !
Roasted Orange Spatchcock Chicken
Paleo Chinese Sesame Chicken !
Paleo Matcha and Pine Nut Cookies
Paleo Chocolate Goji Berry Cookies
These all look fantastic! I love delicious and healthy Chinese dishes and can’t wait to try some of these!
I LOVE this! I don’t eat out at restaurants much because of the ingredients (like MSG, unorganic foods, questionable meats, sugars, etc), so now I can make more of my fav Chinese foods at home. Thanks for sharing!
All these recipes look so good! What a great roundup!
This is so special. Thanks for sharing a bit of your culture with us.
Wow! This list looks so interesting and diverse.
oh wow Chinese never looked so beautiful and enticing.
Beautiful recipes! I want to devour all of them! Happy New Year!
Those popcorn meatballs are calling my name!
Oh my goodness!!! Everything looks AMAZING!!! I want a little bit of everything but those shiitake mushrooms and bok choy are calling my name.
Can you just come over and make this entire feast for me? It looks so amazing! Far better than I’ve ever seen in a Chinese restaurant, and far healthier too I’m sure. Happy New Year!
ChihYu these are all stunning, what a feast they would make! Here in Hawaii there was quite the celebration for Chinese New Year! Those steamy meatball dim sum meatballs with cabbage leaves is calling my name!
This is so cool!! I already looove your popcorn meatballs and chicken wings, so I can’t wait to give these other ones a try too! Happy new year!
Thank you, Dana !
What a great selection of recipes! My mouth is watering, not sure if I want sesame chicken, Mongolian beef, or pork roast. Decisions decisions!
Enjoy them all, Mark !
So much goodness in this roundup! I don’t even know what to try first because it all looks delicious!
Thank you, Kari !
These all look so delicious! Wish I could have a reunion dinner with my family.
I love the story behind the Chinese New Year! I did not know any of that! Thank you! I love that gorgeous whole fish in one of those first photos – so pretty! I really want to try your egg drop soup!
Thanks so much !