Think you can ensure good luck in the new year by eating the right meal? Every culture has its own ideas of which foods are lucky. The Creole tradition of Hoppin' John and Braised Cabbage to start the new year has several things going for it. First, the ingredients are cheap, which is a nice break after the expenses of the holidays. Second, the dishes are healthful, which, again, helps mitigate the effects of holiday overindulgence. Third, they are delicious, warming, and satisfying. Finally, the beans symbolize abundance and good luck - what could be a better way to start the new year?