Serve up a little romance
They say the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, but it’s probably safe to say that women are every bit as appreciative of a delicious meal or sumptuous dessert – especially if it’s made with love. So no matter who your Valentine is this year, consider making something special for dinner or dessert on Valentine’s Day.
According to Reader’s Digest1 there is some scientific evidence to suggest that certain foods may make us more amorous because they stimulate endorphins (the brain’s feel-good chemical), or cause a spike of dopamine that creates feelings of pleasure, or have high levels of vitamins that increase energy levels. Oysters, chili peppers, avocados, chocolate, watermelon, cherries, and honey are among the list of foods that may help make things a little extra romantic on February 14.
But of course you can use whatever ingredients you want, and be as plain or as fancy with them as you like. All that really matters is the love you put into making something special for your sweetheart.
If you’re looking for a little inspiration, these recipe ideas may help you make this Valentine’s Day the sweetest and most delicious one yet:
For the novice
- Quick and easy Valentine’s Day menu ideas from GoodFood including Spaghetti with Spanish flavors, stuffed chicken with lemon, capers, and chili; and chocolate raspberry pots.
- Eleven romantic dinners anyone can cook from Cosmopolitan including lemon garlic pasta, spiced sirloin roast for two, and baked chicken with tomatoes and garlic.
For the budget conscious
- An inexpensive but delicious Valentine’s Day menu from My Recipes including cherry tomato toasts, skirt steak with lemon and chili-roasted potatoes, and bittersweet chocolate sorbet.
- Eating Well’s date-night dinner for two for less than $10 including quick chicken cordon bleu, buttermilk-herb mashed potatoes, and Mary’s zucchini with Parmesan.
- Meatless Valentine’s Day recipes from All Recipes including eggplant parmesan, fettuccini in creamy mushroom and sage sauce, and vegetable shepherd’s pie with baked beans.
- Twenty mouthwatering vegetarian Valentine’s Day recipes from Gourmandelle including vegan Bolognese, grilled breaded tofu steaks with spinach salad, and grilled potato salad.
For the time strapped
- 65 meals you can make in 30 minutes or less from Country Living including corn and ham risotto, chipotle chicken fajitas, and Italian sausage and tortellini skillet.
- 30-minute pasta dinner ideas from Taste of Home including shrimp scampi, gnocchi with white beans and pepperoni penne carbonara.
- Ten great ideas for your littlest Valentine from Parenting including mini meatloaf, fun and healthy banana boat dessert, heart-shaped grilled cheese and tomato soup.
- Twenty-one sweet and simple Valentine’s Day treats for kids from Popsugar including fluffy raspberry marshmallows, mini hot chocolate doughnuts, and strawberry Nutella milkshakes.
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