9 Lucky Lentils & Beans

December 28, 2011

Whether in Italy, Brazil, Germany or even the American South, legumes are a traditional and important part of New Year’s celebrations around the world. Their small coin-like shapes are thought to be symbolic of money and represent the promise of financial good fortune and prosperity in the new year. We are strong believers that one can never have too much of a good thing, so here are 9 recipes to bring a little more luck to your table.

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Borrachos by lastnightsdinner

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Mujaddara with Spiced Yogurt by Rivka


Pasta e Fagioli by QueenofGreen

Pasta e Fagioli


Terrence Hill's Beans by marieviljoen

terrence hill's beans


Lentil and Sausage Soup for a Cold Winter's Night by AntoniaJames


Bean Salad with Pancetta by amanda

bean salad


Just Good Chili by Jestei



Curried Lentil Dip by safenervine


Slowcooker Hoppin' John by Hilarybee

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elizabethintexas January 1, 2012
In Texas, we eat black-eyed peas. My grandmother used to say that we eat them because no one knows how bad it would be if we didn't.
Anitalectric December 29, 2011
Wow! I have some friends from Memphis and they invite everyone over for black eyed peas and turnip greens on new year's day (peas 'n' greens). The beans represent coins and greens represent bills. They are so good! To top it off, they use their juicer to make fresh bloody marys. (This year I'll have to monitor myself the night before so I can handle one!)