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Red Beans and Rice
You'll never have a case of Mondays again if you start eating like New Orleans residents do. Red beans and rice became a popular dish to make on the first day of the work week because it was traditionally a "wash day" and a pot of beans and rice (flavored with the ham bone left over from Sunday dinner) could cook unattended while clothes were scrubbed. Now, you can eat it any time, but starting your week with a bowl of this dish means you’re off to a good start.