Veggie Valentine or carnivore crush? 8 of the best romantic recipes

Kierra Box

09 February 2017

Whether your Valentine is vegan or your crush is carnivorous, show them how much you care by making them one of these desirable dishes – guaranteed to get them hot under the collar.

You might be a veggie addict or a meat lover, a lifelong vegan or full-on flexitarian. Wherever your foodie passion lies, dinner dates can be a minefield if your beloved doesn't share your attitude to food. 

So this year, why not make Valentine's a drama-free zone with our recipe suggestions? 

Vegan Valentine

Cashew Nut Curry in a bowl
Cashew nut curry, by www.harighotra.co.uk/

Going meat and dairy free for Valentine's Day won't just show your vegan partner how much you care. This sultry cashew nut curry will leave you both satisfied in more ways than one. Cashew nuts stimulate the libido and chillies help get your blood flowing.

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Herbivorous heart-throb

Whole roasted cauliflower
Roasted Cauliflower, by www.bonappetit.com/

Why not put veg centre-stage for the night? This ultra-simple roasted cauliflower with whipped goats cheese will melt the heart of any veggie.

If your date is skeptical, don't forget to mention that cauliflowers help balance hormones, which should put you both in the mood for a night in.    

Sea-loving sole-mate

Sustainable oysters in shells with garlic & breadcrumbs
Oysters with garlic & breadcrumbs, by MSC.org

Rock (oyster) their world. The aphrodisiac powers of the oyster are well known – but they’re also ultra-sustainable.  

This recipe for oysters with garlic and breadcrumbs is great for Valentine's – garlic might not be considered sexy but it increases blood flow to… you know... 

Meat-reducing romantic

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Follow in the footsteps of the most romantic dogs on film and share a plate of spaghetti with turkey meatballs.

This Jack Monroe special isn't just any spaghetti – this is a low-cost, low-carbon extravaganza. Swapping some of the meat for mashed beans makes this meal climate (and wallet) friendly.

And as if that wasn't enough, the Romans believed that "warm and moist" foods like beans were great aphrodisiacs. 

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Lamb lover

Roasted lamb with asparagus on plate
Lamb and vegetables, by www.eversfieldorganic.co.uk/

If your lover loves lamb, love lamb right back – make sure your shanks come from lambs raised on pasture. How about these organic lamb chops with asapargus and root veg? 

Be warned – this will kick off a night of passion. 17th Century naturalist Nicholas Culpeper hailed asparagus for “stir(ring) up lust in man and woman". It's loaded with potassium and vitamin A, which can boost your sex drive. 

Flexitarian fiancée

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Whether you’re taking your flexitarian friendship to the next level or bridging the rocky divide between you and your poultry-loving partner, embrace a bit of choice with crispy pressed chicken and tofu with garlic and mint.

Go for an organic chicken to be certain that your bird has enjoyed a free-range, GM-free life, and pile up the tofu – a 2012 study found that it offers a boost in the bedroom too.

Beefcake beloved 

beef and pomegranate brisket displayed on a plate
Beef and pomegranate brisket, by Abel & Cole

Make your meat go further – and give it a sexy kick – with a good shot of pomegranate.

Make sure you buy organic or grass-fed for this "better beef" and pomegranate recipe – there's no passion killer like factory farmed meat. 

In contrast, the pomegranate is a passion power-up. It's full of antioxidants, which protect the lining of blood vessels, allowing more blood to course through them. The upshot? Increased sensitivity in your romantic regions.

In fact, why not double down on the antioxidant power with a quinoa, feta and pomegranate salad to go alongside

Dessert dater

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If you prefer to skip straight to dessert, have a go at this hot banana soufflé. 

The banana is said to contain chemicals that can lift your mood and make you more confident — great for date night.

Bananas are also famously high in potassium, which boosts energy and aids in sex-hormone production.

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