Whether or not we’re all true believers in the power of foods deemed “aphrodisiacs”, they do make for some pretty delicious recipes. If you want to really spice things up this Valentine’s Day and swoon your mate with a full day of home-cooked meals, there are plenty of ways to incorporate aphrodisiacs into dishes you will both enjoy. Will these meals have the effects they promise? We’re not sure, but at least they will taste good, and you will be praised for your careful selections and time spent slaving in the kitchen for your honey. Here are recipe ideas for a full day of aphrodisiac eats for Valentine’s Day this year.
Breakfast – Avocado Toast
If you’re planning on committing to a full day of eating this Valentine’s Day, you’ll want to keep breakfast simple (but jam-packed with aphrodisiacs, of course). Avocados and chili peppers are two sexy foods that happen to make a delicious yet simple breakfast item. With a day of cooking ahead, spreading some avocado and sprinkling chili flakes on a piece of your favorite toasted bread is a great way to start.
Lunch – Pesto with Arugula, Olive Oil and Pine Nuts
Not only is pasta a dish of love and romance on its own, but arugula, olive oil, and pine nuts are all aphrodisiacs, making this lunch the perfect surge of affection in the middle of the day. If you still crave the classic flavors of pesto, just add a few handfuls of arugula to a basic pesto recipe (which generally consists of olive oil and pine nuts anyway). Make sure the pasta noodle you use is your sweetheart’s favorite, but we think spaghetti works best.
Snack – Figs & Cheese Plate with Honey
If a snack seems necessary before dinnertime arrives, throw together an easy yet impressive cheese plate with figs, honey and whatever fancy cheeses you have on hand (but don’t overdo it, the pesto probably had enough cheese on it already) – the figs and honey are the true aphrodisiacs at work here anyway.
Dinner – Oysters and Artichokes
That’s right, dinner is getting down with finger foods (which are both aphrodisiacs). Oysters and artichokes are both delicious, delicate and dippable foods that are perfect for a romantic dinner with your special someone. The best part is, it’s the perfect light dinner to save room for dessert.
Chocolate Dipped Strawberries, Pomegranate and Cherries
To wrap it all up, have even more romantic dippable foods with warm, melted chocolate (an aphrodisiac by itself) along with mood-setting fruits like strawberries, pomegranates, and cherries. Chocolate dipped fruit does seem a bit clichè, but if all goes well with the meals throughout the day, that should be the last thing on your mind…