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10 good luck foods for a new year

By: WomansDay .com on Jan. 13, 2011, 3:52 p.m.
lentil and sausage salad

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Lentils

A popular New Year's meal in Italy is cotechino con lenticchie (green lentils with sausage) because of the legume's greenish color and coin-like appearance. Deeper into the myth: When cooked, lentils plump with water, symbolizing growing wealth. Lentils are also considered good luck in Hungary, where they’re preferred in a soup.