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Most cultures have eating traditions that are meant to bring good luck and prosperity to the beginning of each year. We arenít too superstitious, so we think itís okay to bend the rules and incorporate these ingredients into your menu throughout January. (Weíre not sure, but it probably canít hurt to increase the odds of good fortune, right?)
Brazil, Germany, Italy | Lentils
Thought to resemble coins, lentils represent prosperity and are traditionally served as the first meal of the year. Swelling during cooking signifies growth, thus, growth of wealth.
Italy loves green lentils with pork sausage. Brazil stirs up spicy lentil soup. Germany cooks lentils with pork and cabbage (three good luck foods Ė smart!)