Hoppin' John (Black-Eyed Peas & Ham)
The southern American tradition of eating Hoppin’ John on New Year’s Day is thought to bring a prosperous year filled with luck. The round black-eyed peas are symbolic of pennies or coins. Sometimes a coin is even added to the pot, or individual coins are left under the dinner bowls.
Cooked collard greens, mustard greens, turnip greens, chard, kale, or cabbage are often served along with this dish, to add to the “wealth” since the greens are the color of money.
Another traditional food, cornbread, can also be served to represent wealth — being the color of gold. [And because beans and cornbread get along so well together]. YUM.