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By Phran Novelli

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – There are all kinds of traditions around the world for what to eat on New Year’s Day to bring you good luck all year. One says to eat lentils for luck – apparently because they look like little coins.

Whatever the reason, lentils are very versatile, taking on the flavors of whatever spices you use – plus they’re low in fat, high in protein and fiber, and quick to cook. And did you know you can even grow lentils in your vegetable garden? Plant them next spring, pick the pods in summer, and dry them through the fall to enjoy homegrown lucky lentils at this time next year.

At the very least, a hearty bowl of hot lentil soup on a cold winter’s day is certainly a healthy way to kick off the New Year. Who knows if lentils will bring you good fortune throughout 2012, but you’re certainly saving money whenever you can feed a hungry crowd for beans.

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