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8 Foods to Spice up Your Valentine’s Day

8 Foods to Spice up Your Valentine’s Day


For those lucky ones who find themselves committed in long-term relationships, the stakes are high for keeping the spark lit within the relationship. Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to overcome any rut in a relationship (or keep a hot one even hotter…let’s be optimistic here!). First step: set a sexy, romantic mood. Dim the lights or light vanilla scented candles, and play a little Sinatra in the background if at home. If you’re dining out, research restaurants that offer Valentine’s Day dinner specials that come with flowers or champagne and boast an elegant, relaxed environment.

While atmosphere is important, don’t underestimate the power of food. The aphrodisiac elements found in these 8 foods will reve you up and make you extra frisky. Prepare these dishes at home for you and your mate, or order them on your night out.

1. Chile Peppers

These red, hot peppers increase blood circulation and fire up your mojo. The capsaicin of red chile peppers heats the body and may induce sweating (keep an extra napkin by your side in case the sweat goes from sexy to scary). Drizzle Tabasco sauce on your meat, or toss some in a salad.

Photo by Stephanie Lee

2. Avocados

Their rich vitamin E content helps produce key sex hormones, such as testosterone, progesterone and estrogen. Omega 3 fatty acids also aid in hormone production. Plus, they have been shown to shape a positive mood; negatively can kill sexual drive. Try our avocado toast with fried eggs for a savory appetizer. If dining out, order a salad with avocado or a side of guacamole.

Photo by Julia Maguire

3. Bananas

Ok, one: It’s a phallus-shaped food (duh). And two: bananas are loaded with potassium, a nutrient known to build muscle strength. This asset is especially useful for optimizing orgasms. Check out this article for 8 tasty ways to enjoy bananas. Combine bananas and chocolate for a sensational dessert.

Photo by Hannah Lin

4. Chocolate

This should be a no brainer. Any romantic night calls for rich and creamy dark chocolate. Try 72% or higher – it’s the greatest in purity and antioxidants. Bake (or purchase) a chocolate lava cake or make your own fondue for two, served with marshmallows, biscotti and fresh fruit. Chocolate contains phenylethylamine, a stimulant that enhances sexual readiness. At home, you can try this quick and easy microwave chocolate cake. If dining out, we guarantee a chocolate dessert will be offered.

Photo by Kelda Baljon

5. Oysters

Yes, it’s true. Their zinc content speeds up production of testosterone and heightens sex drive. Split a portion at a restaurant, and you’ll be dying to get home before the waitress can hand you a dessert menu. Don’t forget to pay the check though!

Photo courtesy of palmettosclemson.com

6. Pomegranates

These magical seeds are rich in antioxidants and help regulate blood circulation, providing extra sensitivity in you know where. Sprinkle some on a salad or dip the seeds in a chocolate fondue for maximum power. Try this pomegranate and pear dessert for something light and sweet. Add a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream: it’s known to have aphrodisiac properties, as well.

Photo by Julia Maguire

7. Watermelon

Nothing beats the chill you get from a piece of cold, juicy watermelon in the summertime. Well, I guess increased libido does. Now there’s a reason to munch on this sweet fruit year round. The phytonutrient citrulline boosts nitric oxide in the body and speeds up arousal. Upgrade a standard slice with a warm, gooey chocolate spread.

Photo by Justin Shannin

8. Red Wine

The resveratrol in red wine increases libido and tastes great with just about any of the foods listed above. It pumps blood circulation to enhance performance. For a great wine and cheese pairing, check out some of our top picks.

Photo by Kelda Baljon

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Aphrodisiac Recipes to Spice Up Your Valentine's Day

Ok, so yes. those buttercream cupcakes, hot pink peeps and little pastel candy hearts are just adorable and sure to melt your heart on February 14. But why not nibble on something that will make you feel special and romantic this Valentine's Day?

It's a well-known fact that certain foods have been valued throughout the centuries for their aphrodisiac qualities, and luckily, they still have the same effect today. )

Spice up your Valentine's Day naturally with these 3 mouth-watering aphrodisiac recipes:

Bacon, Avocado & Tomato Crostini

This is a fabulous starter recipe and a great way to set the mood, as avocados contain high levels of vitamin E and heart-healthy omegas, both of which help to maintain your youthfulness and vigor.

Yield: 12 crostinis

Ingredients

Basil Butter Broiled Oysters

This recipe provides a double dose of romance-boosting benefits: oysters and basil. Oysters are one of the most well-known aphrodisiacs, as they are incredibly rich in zinc and amino acids that are said to increase fertility and production of certain beneficial hormones. Basil was offered as a love token in ancient Rome and its alluring aroma made it the perfume of choice for women, who would use it to powder their decollette. Not to mention, it is said to be marvelous for circulation.

Yield: 24 oysters

Ingredients

24 oysters
1 stick unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
3 tablespoons basil, finely chopped
2 tablespoons parsley, finely chopped
1 dash smoked paprika
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
lemon wedges, for serving

1) Set your oven to broil with the top track 6-8 inches away from the flame.

2) Shuck the oysters and place them in a large casserole dish.

3) Mush the butter with the garlic, basil, parsley, paprika, salt and black pepper. Divide the butter evenly among the raw oysters by dropping 1 teaspoon on top of each oyster.

4) Place the dish in the oven and broil for 5 minutes, or until the butter mixture melts and bubbles and browns a bit.

5) Set the hot dish (with a warning!) between your guests immediately, along with lemon wedges.

Pasta with Creamy Roasted Red Pepper Sauce & Seared Shrimp

Chili peppers are valued as quite the love drug, as consuming them actually speeds up your heart rate, makes you sweat and stimulates your brain's feel-good endorphins.

Ingredients

1 red bell pepper
4 cloves garlic
Olive oil
4 ounces goat cheese
¼ cup chicken broth (if needed)
6 ounces prepared pasta – I used spaghetti noodles
½ pound shrimp, peeled and deveined
Salt and pepper to taste
1 Lemon, sliced
Shredded Parmesan cheese to serve
Chopped parsley to serve

2) Slice the bell pepper in half lengthwise and remove the stem and innards. Set it onto a baking sheet skin sides up along with the unpeeled garlic. Splash the garlic with a bit of olive oil and a bit of salt.

3) Set into the center of the oven and broil about 20 minutes, or until the skins char and blacken.

4) Remove from heat and wrap the peppers in paper towels to allow the skins to loosen. Peel and set the peppers into a food processor.

5) Squeeze garlic from their skins and add to the food processor.

6) Add goat cheese and process to form your creamy roasted red pepper sauce. Add salt and pepper to taste. If you’d like to thin the sauce, add a bit of chicken broth and process.

7) For the shrimp, heat a small pan to medium-high heat. Drizzle the shrimp with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Sear the shrimp a couple minutes each side, until cooked through.

8) Toss your prepared pasta with the roasted red pepper sauce. Top with seared shrimp, shredded Parmesan cheese and chopped parsley.

9) Squeeze over a bit of lemon juice and serve!

Dark Chocolate Fondue

Rumor has it that the aphrodisiac qualities of chocolate were so highly prized, the ancient Aztec ruler Montezuma drank 50 goblet-fulls of it daily and the Mayan civilations worshipped the cacao tree as "food of the gods." Now, we wouldn't suggest escalating your love of chocolate to quite this level, but considering its beneficial romance-enhancing properties, a healthy appreciation of it is a must! Chocolate has been found to contain a neurotransmitter called anandamide, which basically has the same feel-good effect on the brain as marijuana.

Ingredients

1 tsp vanilla, kahlua or liqueur of your choice

1) In a sauce pan over low heat, warm up the whipping cream. Be careful not to let it boil.

2) Let the chocolate melt slowly while stirring constantly.

3) Add the vanilla or liqueur of your choice.

4) Pour the melted mixture into the fondue pot and light the unscented tealight.

5) Dip fruit pieces and/or nuts and dessert pieces into the mixture.

Do you make other recipes with foods that are known aphrodisiacs?


Aphrodisiac Recipes to Spice Up Your Valentine's Day

Ok, so yes. those buttercream cupcakes, hot pink peeps and little pastel candy hearts are just adorable and sure to melt your heart on February 14. But why not nibble on something that will make you feel special and romantic this Valentine's Day?

It's a well-known fact that certain foods have been valued throughout the centuries for their aphrodisiac qualities, and luckily, they still have the same effect today. )

Spice up your Valentine's Day naturally with these 3 mouth-watering aphrodisiac recipes:

Bacon, Avocado & Tomato Crostini

This is a fabulous starter recipe and a great way to set the mood, as avocados contain high levels of vitamin E and heart-healthy omegas, both of which help to maintain your youthfulness and vigor.

Yield: 12 crostinis

Ingredients

Basil Butter Broiled Oysters

This recipe provides a double dose of romance-boosting benefits: oysters and basil. Oysters are one of the most well-known aphrodisiacs, as they are incredibly rich in zinc and amino acids that are said to increase fertility and production of certain beneficial hormones. Basil was offered as a love token in ancient Rome and its alluring aroma made it the perfume of choice for women, who would use it to powder their decollette. Not to mention, it is said to be marvelous for circulation.

Yield: 24 oysters

Ingredients

24 oysters
1 stick unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
3 tablespoons basil, finely chopped
2 tablespoons parsley, finely chopped
1 dash smoked paprika
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
lemon wedges, for serving

1) Set your oven to broil with the top track 6-8 inches away from the flame.

2) Shuck the oysters and place them in a large casserole dish.

3) Mush the butter with the garlic, basil, parsley, paprika, salt and black pepper. Divide the butter evenly among the raw oysters by dropping 1 teaspoon on top of each oyster.

4) Place the dish in the oven and broil for 5 minutes, or until the butter mixture melts and bubbles and browns a bit.

5) Set the hot dish (with a warning!) between your guests immediately, along with lemon wedges.

Pasta with Creamy Roasted Red Pepper Sauce & Seared Shrimp

Chili peppers are valued as quite the love drug, as consuming them actually speeds up your heart rate, makes you sweat and stimulates your brain's feel-good endorphins.

Ingredients

1 red bell pepper
4 cloves garlic
Olive oil
4 ounces goat cheese
¼ cup chicken broth (if needed)
6 ounces prepared pasta – I used spaghetti noodles
½ pound shrimp, peeled and deveined
Salt and pepper to taste
1 Lemon, sliced
Shredded Parmesan cheese to serve
Chopped parsley to serve

2) Slice the bell pepper in half lengthwise and remove the stem and innards. Set it onto a baking sheet skin sides up along with the unpeeled garlic. Splash the garlic with a bit of olive oil and a bit of salt.

3) Set into the center of the oven and broil about 20 minutes, or until the skins char and blacken.

4) Remove from heat and wrap the peppers in paper towels to allow the skins to loosen. Peel and set the peppers into a food processor.

5) Squeeze garlic from their skins and add to the food processor.

6) Add goat cheese and process to form your creamy roasted red pepper sauce. Add salt and pepper to taste. If you’d like to thin the sauce, add a bit of chicken broth and process.

7) For the shrimp, heat a small pan to medium-high heat. Drizzle the shrimp with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Sear the shrimp a couple minutes each side, until cooked through.

8) Toss your prepared pasta with the roasted red pepper sauce. Top with seared shrimp, shredded Parmesan cheese and chopped parsley.

9) Squeeze over a bit of lemon juice and serve!

Dark Chocolate Fondue

Rumor has it that the aphrodisiac qualities of chocolate were so highly prized, the ancient Aztec ruler Montezuma drank 50 goblet-fulls of it daily and the Mayan civilations worshipped the cacao tree as "food of the gods." Now, we wouldn't suggest escalating your love of chocolate to quite this level, but considering its beneficial romance-enhancing properties, a healthy appreciation of it is a must! Chocolate has been found to contain a neurotransmitter called anandamide, which basically has the same feel-good effect on the brain as marijuana.

Ingredients

1 tsp vanilla, kahlua or liqueur of your choice

1) In a sauce pan over low heat, warm up the whipping cream. Be careful not to let it boil.

2) Let the chocolate melt slowly while stirring constantly.

3) Add the vanilla or liqueur of your choice.

4) Pour the melted mixture into the fondue pot and light the unscented tealight.

5) Dip fruit pieces and/or nuts and dessert pieces into the mixture.

Do you make other recipes with foods that are known aphrodisiacs?


Aphrodisiac Recipes to Spice Up Your Valentine's Day

Ok, so yes. those buttercream cupcakes, hot pink peeps and little pastel candy hearts are just adorable and sure to melt your heart on February 14. But why not nibble on something that will make you feel special and romantic this Valentine's Day?

It's a well-known fact that certain foods have been valued throughout the centuries for their aphrodisiac qualities, and luckily, they still have the same effect today. )

Spice up your Valentine's Day naturally with these 3 mouth-watering aphrodisiac recipes:

Bacon, Avocado & Tomato Crostini

This is a fabulous starter recipe and a great way to set the mood, as avocados contain high levels of vitamin E and heart-healthy omegas, both of which help to maintain your youthfulness and vigor.

Yield: 12 crostinis

Ingredients

Basil Butter Broiled Oysters

This recipe provides a double dose of romance-boosting benefits: oysters and basil. Oysters are one of the most well-known aphrodisiacs, as they are incredibly rich in zinc and amino acids that are said to increase fertility and production of certain beneficial hormones. Basil was offered as a love token in ancient Rome and its alluring aroma made it the perfume of choice for women, who would use it to powder their decollette. Not to mention, it is said to be marvelous for circulation.

Yield: 24 oysters

Ingredients

24 oysters
1 stick unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
3 tablespoons basil, finely chopped
2 tablespoons parsley, finely chopped
1 dash smoked paprika
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
lemon wedges, for serving

1) Set your oven to broil with the top track 6-8 inches away from the flame.

2) Shuck the oysters and place them in a large casserole dish.

3) Mush the butter with the garlic, basil, parsley, paprika, salt and black pepper. Divide the butter evenly among the raw oysters by dropping 1 teaspoon on top of each oyster.

4) Place the dish in the oven and broil for 5 minutes, or until the butter mixture melts and bubbles and browns a bit.

5) Set the hot dish (with a warning!) between your guests immediately, along with lemon wedges.

Pasta with Creamy Roasted Red Pepper Sauce & Seared Shrimp

Chili peppers are valued as quite the love drug, as consuming them actually speeds up your heart rate, makes you sweat and stimulates your brain's feel-good endorphins.

Ingredients

1 red bell pepper
4 cloves garlic
Olive oil
4 ounces goat cheese
¼ cup chicken broth (if needed)
6 ounces prepared pasta – I used spaghetti noodles
½ pound shrimp, peeled and deveined
Salt and pepper to taste
1 Lemon, sliced
Shredded Parmesan cheese to serve
Chopped parsley to serve

2) Slice the bell pepper in half lengthwise and remove the stem and innards. Set it onto a baking sheet skin sides up along with the unpeeled garlic. Splash the garlic with a bit of olive oil and a bit of salt.

3) Set into the center of the oven and broil about 20 minutes, or until the skins char and blacken.

4) Remove from heat and wrap the peppers in paper towels to allow the skins to loosen. Peel and set the peppers into a food processor.

5) Squeeze garlic from their skins and add to the food processor.

6) Add goat cheese and process to form your creamy roasted red pepper sauce. Add salt and pepper to taste. If you’d like to thin the sauce, add a bit of chicken broth and process.

7) For the shrimp, heat a small pan to medium-high heat. Drizzle the shrimp with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Sear the shrimp a couple minutes each side, until cooked through.

8) Toss your prepared pasta with the roasted red pepper sauce. Top with seared shrimp, shredded Parmesan cheese and chopped parsley.

9) Squeeze over a bit of lemon juice and serve!

Dark Chocolate Fondue

Rumor has it that the aphrodisiac qualities of chocolate were so highly prized, the ancient Aztec ruler Montezuma drank 50 goblet-fulls of it daily and the Mayan civilations worshipped the cacao tree as "food of the gods." Now, we wouldn't suggest escalating your love of chocolate to quite this level, but considering its beneficial romance-enhancing properties, a healthy appreciation of it is a must! Chocolate has been found to contain a neurotransmitter called anandamide, which basically has the same feel-good effect on the brain as marijuana.

Ingredients

1 tsp vanilla, kahlua or liqueur of your choice

1) In a sauce pan over low heat, warm up the whipping cream. Be careful not to let it boil.

2) Let the chocolate melt slowly while stirring constantly.

3) Add the vanilla or liqueur of your choice.

4) Pour the melted mixture into the fondue pot and light the unscented tealight.

5) Dip fruit pieces and/or nuts and dessert pieces into the mixture.

Do you make other recipes with foods that are known aphrodisiacs?


Aphrodisiac Recipes to Spice Up Your Valentine's Day

Ok, so yes. those buttercream cupcakes, hot pink peeps and little pastel candy hearts are just adorable and sure to melt your heart on February 14. But why not nibble on something that will make you feel special and romantic this Valentine's Day?

It's a well-known fact that certain foods have been valued throughout the centuries for their aphrodisiac qualities, and luckily, they still have the same effect today. )

Spice up your Valentine's Day naturally with these 3 mouth-watering aphrodisiac recipes:

Bacon, Avocado & Tomato Crostini

This is a fabulous starter recipe and a great way to set the mood, as avocados contain high levels of vitamin E and heart-healthy omegas, both of which help to maintain your youthfulness and vigor.

Yield: 12 crostinis

Ingredients

Basil Butter Broiled Oysters

This recipe provides a double dose of romance-boosting benefits: oysters and basil. Oysters are one of the most well-known aphrodisiacs, as they are incredibly rich in zinc and amino acids that are said to increase fertility and production of certain beneficial hormones. Basil was offered as a love token in ancient Rome and its alluring aroma made it the perfume of choice for women, who would use it to powder their decollette. Not to mention, it is said to be marvelous for circulation.

Yield: 24 oysters

Ingredients

24 oysters
1 stick unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
3 tablespoons basil, finely chopped
2 tablespoons parsley, finely chopped
1 dash smoked paprika
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
lemon wedges, for serving

1) Set your oven to broil with the top track 6-8 inches away from the flame.

2) Shuck the oysters and place them in a large casserole dish.

3) Mush the butter with the garlic, basil, parsley, paprika, salt and black pepper. Divide the butter evenly among the raw oysters by dropping 1 teaspoon on top of each oyster.

4) Place the dish in the oven and broil for 5 minutes, or until the butter mixture melts and bubbles and browns a bit.

5) Set the hot dish (with a warning!) between your guests immediately, along with lemon wedges.

Pasta with Creamy Roasted Red Pepper Sauce & Seared Shrimp

Chili peppers are valued as quite the love drug, as consuming them actually speeds up your heart rate, makes you sweat and stimulates your brain's feel-good endorphins.

Ingredients

1 red bell pepper
4 cloves garlic
Olive oil
4 ounces goat cheese
¼ cup chicken broth (if needed)
6 ounces prepared pasta – I used spaghetti noodles
½ pound shrimp, peeled and deveined
Salt and pepper to taste
1 Lemon, sliced
Shredded Parmesan cheese to serve
Chopped parsley to serve

2) Slice the bell pepper in half lengthwise and remove the stem and innards. Set it onto a baking sheet skin sides up along with the unpeeled garlic. Splash the garlic with a bit of olive oil and a bit of salt.

3) Set into the center of the oven and broil about 20 minutes, or until the skins char and blacken.

4) Remove from heat and wrap the peppers in paper towels to allow the skins to loosen. Peel and set the peppers into a food processor.

5) Squeeze garlic from their skins and add to the food processor.

6) Add goat cheese and process to form your creamy roasted red pepper sauce. Add salt and pepper to taste. If you’d like to thin the sauce, add a bit of chicken broth and process.

7) For the shrimp, heat a small pan to medium-high heat. Drizzle the shrimp with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Sear the shrimp a couple minutes each side, until cooked through.

8) Toss your prepared pasta with the roasted red pepper sauce. Top with seared shrimp, shredded Parmesan cheese and chopped parsley.

9) Squeeze over a bit of lemon juice and serve!

Dark Chocolate Fondue

Rumor has it that the aphrodisiac qualities of chocolate were so highly prized, the ancient Aztec ruler Montezuma drank 50 goblet-fulls of it daily and the Mayan civilations worshipped the cacao tree as "food of the gods." Now, we wouldn't suggest escalating your love of chocolate to quite this level, but considering its beneficial romance-enhancing properties, a healthy appreciation of it is a must! Chocolate has been found to contain a neurotransmitter called anandamide, which basically has the same feel-good effect on the brain as marijuana.

Ingredients

1 tsp vanilla, kahlua or liqueur of your choice

1) In a sauce pan over low heat, warm up the whipping cream. Be careful not to let it boil.

2) Let the chocolate melt slowly while stirring constantly.

3) Add the vanilla or liqueur of your choice.

4) Pour the melted mixture into the fondue pot and light the unscented tealight.

5) Dip fruit pieces and/or nuts and dessert pieces into the mixture.

Do you make other recipes with foods that are known aphrodisiacs?


Aphrodisiac Recipes to Spice Up Your Valentine's Day

Ok, so yes. those buttercream cupcakes, hot pink peeps and little pastel candy hearts are just adorable and sure to melt your heart on February 14. But why not nibble on something that will make you feel special and romantic this Valentine's Day?

It's a well-known fact that certain foods have been valued throughout the centuries for their aphrodisiac qualities, and luckily, they still have the same effect today. )

Spice up your Valentine's Day naturally with these 3 mouth-watering aphrodisiac recipes:

Bacon, Avocado & Tomato Crostini

This is a fabulous starter recipe and a great way to set the mood, as avocados contain high levels of vitamin E and heart-healthy omegas, both of which help to maintain your youthfulness and vigor.

Yield: 12 crostinis

Ingredients

Basil Butter Broiled Oysters

This recipe provides a double dose of romance-boosting benefits: oysters and basil. Oysters are one of the most well-known aphrodisiacs, as they are incredibly rich in zinc and amino acids that are said to increase fertility and production of certain beneficial hormones. Basil was offered as a love token in ancient Rome and its alluring aroma made it the perfume of choice for women, who would use it to powder their decollette. Not to mention, it is said to be marvelous for circulation.

Yield: 24 oysters

Ingredients

24 oysters
1 stick unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
3 tablespoons basil, finely chopped
2 tablespoons parsley, finely chopped
1 dash smoked paprika
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
lemon wedges, for serving

1) Set your oven to broil with the top track 6-8 inches away from the flame.

2) Shuck the oysters and place them in a large casserole dish.

3) Mush the butter with the garlic, basil, parsley, paprika, salt and black pepper. Divide the butter evenly among the raw oysters by dropping 1 teaspoon on top of each oyster.

4) Place the dish in the oven and broil for 5 minutes, or until the butter mixture melts and bubbles and browns a bit.

5) Set the hot dish (with a warning!) between your guests immediately, along with lemon wedges.

Pasta with Creamy Roasted Red Pepper Sauce & Seared Shrimp

Chili peppers are valued as quite the love drug, as consuming them actually speeds up your heart rate, makes you sweat and stimulates your brain's feel-good endorphins.

Ingredients

1 red bell pepper
4 cloves garlic
Olive oil
4 ounces goat cheese
¼ cup chicken broth (if needed)
6 ounces prepared pasta – I used spaghetti noodles
½ pound shrimp, peeled and deveined
Salt and pepper to taste
1 Lemon, sliced
Shredded Parmesan cheese to serve
Chopped parsley to serve

2) Slice the bell pepper in half lengthwise and remove the stem and innards. Set it onto a baking sheet skin sides up along with the unpeeled garlic. Splash the garlic with a bit of olive oil and a bit of salt.

3) Set into the center of the oven and broil about 20 minutes, or until the skins char and blacken.

4) Remove from heat and wrap the peppers in paper towels to allow the skins to loosen. Peel and set the peppers into a food processor.

5) Squeeze garlic from their skins and add to the food processor.

6) Add goat cheese and process to form your creamy roasted red pepper sauce. Add salt and pepper to taste. If you’d like to thin the sauce, add a bit of chicken broth and process.

7) For the shrimp, heat a small pan to medium-high heat. Drizzle the shrimp with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Sear the shrimp a couple minutes each side, until cooked through.

8) Toss your prepared pasta with the roasted red pepper sauce. Top with seared shrimp, shredded Parmesan cheese and chopped parsley.

9) Squeeze over a bit of lemon juice and serve!

Dark Chocolate Fondue

Rumor has it that the aphrodisiac qualities of chocolate were so highly prized, the ancient Aztec ruler Montezuma drank 50 goblet-fulls of it daily and the Mayan civilations worshipped the cacao tree as "food of the gods." Now, we wouldn't suggest escalating your love of chocolate to quite this level, but considering its beneficial romance-enhancing properties, a healthy appreciation of it is a must! Chocolate has been found to contain a neurotransmitter called anandamide, which basically has the same feel-good effect on the brain as marijuana.

Ingredients

1 tsp vanilla, kahlua or liqueur of your choice

1) In a sauce pan over low heat, warm up the whipping cream. Be careful not to let it boil.

2) Let the chocolate melt slowly while stirring constantly.

3) Add the vanilla or liqueur of your choice.

4) Pour the melted mixture into the fondue pot and light the unscented tealight.

5) Dip fruit pieces and/or nuts and dessert pieces into the mixture.

Do you make other recipes with foods that are known aphrodisiacs?


Aphrodisiac Recipes to Spice Up Your Valentine's Day

Ok, so yes. those buttercream cupcakes, hot pink peeps and little pastel candy hearts are just adorable and sure to melt your heart on February 14. But why not nibble on something that will make you feel special and romantic this Valentine's Day?

It's a well-known fact that certain foods have been valued throughout the centuries for their aphrodisiac qualities, and luckily, they still have the same effect today. )

Spice up your Valentine's Day naturally with these 3 mouth-watering aphrodisiac recipes:

Bacon, Avocado & Tomato Crostini

This is a fabulous starter recipe and a great way to set the mood, as avocados contain high levels of vitamin E and heart-healthy omegas, both of which help to maintain your youthfulness and vigor.

Yield: 12 crostinis

Ingredients

Basil Butter Broiled Oysters

This recipe provides a double dose of romance-boosting benefits: oysters and basil. Oysters are one of the most well-known aphrodisiacs, as they are incredibly rich in zinc and amino acids that are said to increase fertility and production of certain beneficial hormones. Basil was offered as a love token in ancient Rome and its alluring aroma made it the perfume of choice for women, who would use it to powder their decollette. Not to mention, it is said to be marvelous for circulation.

Yield: 24 oysters

Ingredients

24 oysters
1 stick unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
3 tablespoons basil, finely chopped
2 tablespoons parsley, finely chopped
1 dash smoked paprika
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
lemon wedges, for serving

1) Set your oven to broil with the top track 6-8 inches away from the flame.

2) Shuck the oysters and place them in a large casserole dish.

3) Mush the butter with the garlic, basil, parsley, paprika, salt and black pepper. Divide the butter evenly among the raw oysters by dropping 1 teaspoon on top of each oyster.

4) Place the dish in the oven and broil for 5 minutes, or until the butter mixture melts and bubbles and browns a bit.

5) Set the hot dish (with a warning!) between your guests immediately, along with lemon wedges.

Pasta with Creamy Roasted Red Pepper Sauce & Seared Shrimp

Chili peppers are valued as quite the love drug, as consuming them actually speeds up your heart rate, makes you sweat and stimulates your brain's feel-good endorphins.

Ingredients

1 red bell pepper
4 cloves garlic
Olive oil
4 ounces goat cheese
¼ cup chicken broth (if needed)
6 ounces prepared pasta – I used spaghetti noodles
½ pound shrimp, peeled and deveined
Salt and pepper to taste
1 Lemon, sliced
Shredded Parmesan cheese to serve
Chopped parsley to serve

2) Slice the bell pepper in half lengthwise and remove the stem and innards. Set it onto a baking sheet skin sides up along with the unpeeled garlic. Splash the garlic with a bit of olive oil and a bit of salt.

3) Set into the center of the oven and broil about 20 minutes, or until the skins char and blacken.

4) Remove from heat and wrap the peppers in paper towels to allow the skins to loosen. Peel and set the peppers into a food processor.

5) Squeeze garlic from their skins and add to the food processor.

6) Add goat cheese and process to form your creamy roasted red pepper sauce. Add salt and pepper to taste. If you’d like to thin the sauce, add a bit of chicken broth and process.

7) For the shrimp, heat a small pan to medium-high heat. Drizzle the shrimp with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Sear the shrimp a couple minutes each side, until cooked through.

8) Toss your prepared pasta with the roasted red pepper sauce. Top with seared shrimp, shredded Parmesan cheese and chopped parsley.

9) Squeeze over a bit of lemon juice and serve!

Dark Chocolate Fondue

Rumor has it that the aphrodisiac qualities of chocolate were so highly prized, the ancient Aztec ruler Montezuma drank 50 goblet-fulls of it daily and the Mayan civilations worshipped the cacao tree as "food of the gods." Now, we wouldn't suggest escalating your love of chocolate to quite this level, but considering its beneficial romance-enhancing properties, a healthy appreciation of it is a must! Chocolate has been found to contain a neurotransmitter called anandamide, which basically has the same feel-good effect on the brain as marijuana.

Ingredients

1 tsp vanilla, kahlua or liqueur of your choice

1) In a sauce pan over low heat, warm up the whipping cream. Be careful not to let it boil.

2) Let the chocolate melt slowly while stirring constantly.

3) Add the vanilla or liqueur of your choice.

4) Pour the melted mixture into the fondue pot and light the unscented tealight.

5) Dip fruit pieces and/or nuts and dessert pieces into the mixture.

Do you make other recipes with foods that are known aphrodisiacs?


Aphrodisiac Recipes to Spice Up Your Valentine's Day

Ok, so yes. those buttercream cupcakes, hot pink peeps and little pastel candy hearts are just adorable and sure to melt your heart on February 14. But why not nibble on something that will make you feel special and romantic this Valentine's Day?

It's a well-known fact that certain foods have been valued throughout the centuries for their aphrodisiac qualities, and luckily, they still have the same effect today. )

Spice up your Valentine's Day naturally with these 3 mouth-watering aphrodisiac recipes:

Bacon, Avocado & Tomato Crostini

This is a fabulous starter recipe and a great way to set the mood, as avocados contain high levels of vitamin E and heart-healthy omegas, both of which help to maintain your youthfulness and vigor.

Yield: 12 crostinis

Ingredients

Basil Butter Broiled Oysters

This recipe provides a double dose of romance-boosting benefits: oysters and basil. Oysters are one of the most well-known aphrodisiacs, as they are incredibly rich in zinc and amino acids that are said to increase fertility and production of certain beneficial hormones. Basil was offered as a love token in ancient Rome and its alluring aroma made it the perfume of choice for women, who would use it to powder their decollette. Not to mention, it is said to be marvelous for circulation.

Yield: 24 oysters

Ingredients

24 oysters
1 stick unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
3 tablespoons basil, finely chopped
2 tablespoons parsley, finely chopped
1 dash smoked paprika
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
lemon wedges, for serving

1) Set your oven to broil with the top track 6-8 inches away from the flame.

2) Shuck the oysters and place them in a large casserole dish.

3) Mush the butter with the garlic, basil, parsley, paprika, salt and black pepper. Divide the butter evenly among the raw oysters by dropping 1 teaspoon on top of each oyster.

4) Place the dish in the oven and broil for 5 minutes, or until the butter mixture melts and bubbles and browns a bit.

5) Set the hot dish (with a warning!) between your guests immediately, along with lemon wedges.

Pasta with Creamy Roasted Red Pepper Sauce & Seared Shrimp

Chili peppers are valued as quite the love drug, as consuming them actually speeds up your heart rate, makes you sweat and stimulates your brain's feel-good endorphins.

Ingredients

1 red bell pepper
4 cloves garlic
Olive oil
4 ounces goat cheese
¼ cup chicken broth (if needed)
6 ounces prepared pasta – I used spaghetti noodles
½ pound shrimp, peeled and deveined
Salt and pepper to taste
1 Lemon, sliced
Shredded Parmesan cheese to serve
Chopped parsley to serve

2) Slice the bell pepper in half lengthwise and remove the stem and innards. Set it onto a baking sheet skin sides up along with the unpeeled garlic. Splash the garlic with a bit of olive oil and a bit of salt.

3) Set into the center of the oven and broil about 20 minutes, or until the skins char and blacken.

4) Remove from heat and wrap the peppers in paper towels to allow the skins to loosen. Peel and set the peppers into a food processor.

5) Squeeze garlic from their skins and add to the food processor.

6) Add goat cheese and process to form your creamy roasted red pepper sauce. Add salt and pepper to taste. If you’d like to thin the sauce, add a bit of chicken broth and process.

7) For the shrimp, heat a small pan to medium-high heat. Drizzle the shrimp with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Sear the shrimp a couple minutes each side, until cooked through.

8) Toss your prepared pasta with the roasted red pepper sauce. Top with seared shrimp, shredded Parmesan cheese and chopped parsley.

9) Squeeze over a bit of lemon juice and serve!

Dark Chocolate Fondue

Rumor has it that the aphrodisiac qualities of chocolate were so highly prized, the ancient Aztec ruler Montezuma drank 50 goblet-fulls of it daily and the Mayan civilations worshipped the cacao tree as "food of the gods." Now, we wouldn't suggest escalating your love of chocolate to quite this level, but considering its beneficial romance-enhancing properties, a healthy appreciation of it is a must! Chocolate has been found to contain a neurotransmitter called anandamide, which basically has the same feel-good effect on the brain as marijuana.

Ingredients

1 tsp vanilla, kahlua or liqueur of your choice

1) In a sauce pan over low heat, warm up the whipping cream. Be careful not to let it boil.

2) Let the chocolate melt slowly while stirring constantly.

3) Add the vanilla or liqueur of your choice.

4) Pour the melted mixture into the fondue pot and light the unscented tealight.

5) Dip fruit pieces and/or nuts and dessert pieces into the mixture.

Do you make other recipes with foods that are known aphrodisiacs?


Aphrodisiac Recipes to Spice Up Your Valentine's Day

Ok, so yes. those buttercream cupcakes, hot pink peeps and little pastel candy hearts are just adorable and sure to melt your heart on February 14. But why not nibble on something that will make you feel special and romantic this Valentine's Day?

It's a well-known fact that certain foods have been valued throughout the centuries for their aphrodisiac qualities, and luckily, they still have the same effect today. )

Spice up your Valentine's Day naturally with these 3 mouth-watering aphrodisiac recipes:

Bacon, Avocado & Tomato Crostini

This is a fabulous starter recipe and a great way to set the mood, as avocados contain high levels of vitamin E and heart-healthy omegas, both of which help to maintain your youthfulness and vigor.

Yield: 12 crostinis

Ingredients

Basil Butter Broiled Oysters

This recipe provides a double dose of romance-boosting benefits: oysters and basil. Oysters are one of the most well-known aphrodisiacs, as they are incredibly rich in zinc and amino acids that are said to increase fertility and production of certain beneficial hormones. Basil was offered as a love token in ancient Rome and its alluring aroma made it the perfume of choice for women, who would use it to powder their decollette. Not to mention, it is said to be marvelous for circulation.

Yield: 24 oysters

Ingredients

24 oysters
1 stick unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
3 tablespoons basil, finely chopped
2 tablespoons parsley, finely chopped
1 dash smoked paprika
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
lemon wedges, for serving

1) Set your oven to broil with the top track 6-8 inches away from the flame.

2) Shuck the oysters and place them in a large casserole dish.

3) Mush the butter with the garlic, basil, parsley, paprika, salt and black pepper. Divide the butter evenly among the raw oysters by dropping 1 teaspoon on top of each oyster.

4) Place the dish in the oven and broil for 5 minutes, or until the butter mixture melts and bubbles and browns a bit.

5) Set the hot dish (with a warning!) between your guests immediately, along with lemon wedges.

Pasta with Creamy Roasted Red Pepper Sauce & Seared Shrimp

Chili peppers are valued as quite the love drug, as consuming them actually speeds up your heart rate, makes you sweat and stimulates your brain's feel-good endorphins.

Ingredients

1 red bell pepper
4 cloves garlic
Olive oil
4 ounces goat cheese
¼ cup chicken broth (if needed)
6 ounces prepared pasta – I used spaghetti noodles
½ pound shrimp, peeled and deveined
Salt and pepper to taste
1 Lemon, sliced
Shredded Parmesan cheese to serve
Chopped parsley to serve

2) Slice the bell pepper in half lengthwise and remove the stem and innards. Set it onto a baking sheet skin sides up along with the unpeeled garlic. Splash the garlic with a bit of olive oil and a bit of salt.

3) Set into the center of the oven and broil about 20 minutes, or until the skins char and blacken.

4) Remove from heat and wrap the peppers in paper towels to allow the skins to loosen. Peel and set the peppers into a food processor.

5) Squeeze garlic from their skins and add to the food processor.

6) Add goat cheese and process to form your creamy roasted red pepper sauce. Add salt and pepper to taste. If you’d like to thin the sauce, add a bit of chicken broth and process.

7) For the shrimp, heat a small pan to medium-high heat. Drizzle the shrimp with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Sear the shrimp a couple minutes each side, until cooked through.

8) Toss your prepared pasta with the roasted red pepper sauce. Top with seared shrimp, shredded Parmesan cheese and chopped parsley.

9) Squeeze over a bit of lemon juice and serve!

Dark Chocolate Fondue

Rumor has it that the aphrodisiac qualities of chocolate were so highly prized, the ancient Aztec ruler Montezuma drank 50 goblet-fulls of it daily and the Mayan civilations worshipped the cacao tree as "food of the gods." Now, we wouldn't suggest escalating your love of chocolate to quite this level, but considering its beneficial romance-enhancing properties, a healthy appreciation of it is a must! Chocolate has been found to contain a neurotransmitter called anandamide, which basically has the same feel-good effect on the brain as marijuana.

Ingredients

1 tsp vanilla, kahlua or liqueur of your choice

1) In a sauce pan over low heat, warm up the whipping cream. Be careful not to let it boil.

2) Let the chocolate melt slowly while stirring constantly.

3) Add the vanilla or liqueur of your choice.

4) Pour the melted mixture into the fondue pot and light the unscented tealight.

5) Dip fruit pieces and/or nuts and dessert pieces into the mixture.

Do you make other recipes with foods that are known aphrodisiacs?


Aphrodisiac Recipes to Spice Up Your Valentine's Day

Ok, so yes. those buttercream cupcakes, hot pink peeps and little pastel candy hearts are just adorable and sure to melt your heart on February 14. But why not nibble on something that will make you feel special and romantic this Valentine's Day?

It's a well-known fact that certain foods have been valued throughout the centuries for their aphrodisiac qualities, and luckily, they still have the same effect today. )

Spice up your Valentine's Day naturally with these 3 mouth-watering aphrodisiac recipes:

Bacon, Avocado & Tomato Crostini

This is a fabulous starter recipe and a great way to set the mood, as avocados contain high levels of vitamin E and heart-healthy omegas, both of which help to maintain your youthfulness and vigor.

Yield: 12 crostinis

Ingredients

Basil Butter Broiled Oysters

This recipe provides a double dose of romance-boosting benefits: oysters and basil. Oysters are one of the most well-known aphrodisiacs, as they are incredibly rich in zinc and amino acids that are said to increase fertility and production of certain beneficial hormones. Basil was offered as a love token in ancient Rome and its alluring aroma made it the perfume of choice for women, who would use it to powder their decollette. Not to mention, it is said to be marvelous for circulation.

Yield: 24 oysters

Ingredients

24 oysters
1 stick unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
3 tablespoons basil, finely chopped
2 tablespoons parsley, finely chopped
1 dash smoked paprika
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
lemon wedges, for serving

1) Set your oven to broil with the top track 6-8 inches away from the flame.

2) Shuck the oysters and place them in a large casserole dish.

3) Mush the butter with the garlic, basil, parsley, paprika, salt and black pepper. Divide the butter evenly among the raw oysters by dropping 1 teaspoon on top of each oyster.

4) Place the dish in the oven and broil for 5 minutes, or until the butter mixture melts and bubbles and browns a bit.

5) Set the hot dish (with a warning!) between your guests immediately, along with lemon wedges.

Pasta with Creamy Roasted Red Pepper Sauce & Seared Shrimp

Chili peppers are valued as quite the love drug, as consuming them actually speeds up your heart rate, makes you sweat and stimulates your brain's feel-good endorphins.

Ingredients

1 red bell pepper
4 cloves garlic
Olive oil
4 ounces goat cheese
¼ cup chicken broth (if needed)
6 ounces prepared pasta – I used spaghetti noodles
½ pound shrimp, peeled and deveined
Salt and pepper to taste
1 Lemon, sliced
Shredded Parmesan cheese to serve
Chopped parsley to serve

2) Slice the bell pepper in half lengthwise and remove the stem and innards. Set it onto a baking sheet skin sides up along with the unpeeled garlic. Splash the garlic with a bit of olive oil and a bit of salt.

3) Set into the center of the oven and broil about 20 minutes, or until the skins char and blacken.

4) Remove from heat and wrap the peppers in paper towels to allow the skins to loosen. Peel and set the peppers into a food processor.

5) Squeeze garlic from their skins and add to the food processor.

6) Add goat cheese and process to form your creamy roasted red pepper sauce. Add salt and pepper to taste. If you’d like to thin the sauce, add a bit of chicken broth and process.

7) For the shrimp, heat a small pan to medium-high heat. Drizzle the shrimp with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Sear the shrimp a couple minutes each side, until cooked through.

8) Toss your prepared pasta with the roasted red pepper sauce. Top with seared shrimp, shredded Parmesan cheese and chopped parsley.

9) Squeeze over a bit of lemon juice and serve!

Dark Chocolate Fondue

Rumor has it that the aphrodisiac qualities of chocolate were so highly prized, the ancient Aztec ruler Montezuma drank 50 goblet-fulls of it daily and the Mayan civilations worshipped the cacao tree as "food of the gods." Now, we wouldn't suggest escalating your love of chocolate to quite this level, but considering its beneficial romance-enhancing properties, a healthy appreciation of it is a must! Chocolate has been found to contain a neurotransmitter called anandamide, which basically has the same feel-good effect on the brain as marijuana.

Ingredients

1 tsp vanilla, kahlua or liqueur of your choice

1) In a sauce pan over low heat, warm up the whipping cream. Be careful not to let it boil.

2) Let the chocolate melt slowly while stirring constantly.

3) Add the vanilla or liqueur of your choice.

4) Pour the melted mixture into the fondue pot and light the unscented tealight.

5) Dip fruit pieces and/or nuts and dessert pieces into the mixture.

Do you make other recipes with foods that are known aphrodisiacs?


Aphrodisiac Recipes to Spice Up Your Valentine's Day

Ok, so yes. those buttercream cupcakes, hot pink peeps and little pastel candy hearts are just adorable and sure to melt your heart on February 14. But why not nibble on something that will make you feel special and romantic this Valentine's Day?

It's a well-known fact that certain foods have been valued throughout the centuries for their aphrodisiac qualities, and luckily, they still have the same effect today. )

Spice up your Valentine's Day naturally with these 3 mouth-watering aphrodisiac recipes:

Bacon, Avocado & Tomato Crostini

This is a fabulous starter recipe and a great way to set the mood, as avocados contain high levels of vitamin E and heart-healthy omegas, both of which help to maintain your youthfulness and vigor.

Yield: 12 crostinis

Ingredients

Basil Butter Broiled Oysters

This recipe provides a double dose of romance-boosting benefits: oysters and basil. Oysters are one of the most well-known aphrodisiacs, as they are incredibly rich in zinc and amino acids that are said to increase fertility and production of certain beneficial hormones. Basil was offered as a love token in ancient Rome and its alluring aroma made it the perfume of choice for women, who would use it to powder their decollette. Not to mention, it is said to be marvelous for circulation.

Yield: 24 oysters

Ingredients

24 oysters
1 stick unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
3 tablespoons basil, finely chopped
2 tablespoons parsley, finely chopped
1 dash smoked paprika
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
lemon wedges, for serving

1) Set your oven to broil with the top track 6-8 inches away from the flame.

2) Shuck the oysters and place them in a large casserole dish.

3) Mush the butter with the garlic, basil, parsley, paprika, salt and black pepper. Divide the butter evenly among the raw oysters by dropping 1 teaspoon on top of each oyster.

4) Place the dish in the oven and broil for 5 minutes, or until the butter mixture melts and bubbles and browns a bit.

5) Set the hot dish (with a warning!) between your guests immediately, along with lemon wedges.

Pasta with Creamy Roasted Red Pepper Sauce & Seared Shrimp

Chili peppers are valued as quite the love drug, as consuming them actually speeds up your heart rate, makes you sweat and stimulates your brain's feel-good endorphins.

Ingredients

1 red bell pepper
4 cloves garlic
Olive oil
4 ounces goat cheese
¼ cup chicken broth (if needed)
6 ounces prepared pasta – I used spaghetti noodles
½ pound shrimp, peeled and deveined
Salt and pepper to taste
1 Lemon, sliced
Shredded Parmesan cheese to serve
Chopped parsley to serve

2) Slice the bell pepper in half lengthwise and remove the stem and innards. Set it onto a baking sheet skin sides up along with the unpeeled garlic. Splash the garlic with a bit of olive oil and a bit of salt.

3) Set into the center of the oven and broil about 20 minutes, or until the skins char and blacken.

4) Remove from heat and wrap the peppers in paper towels to allow the skins to loosen. Peel and set the peppers into a food processor.

5) Squeeze garlic from their skins and add to the food processor.

6) Add goat cheese and process to form your creamy roasted red pepper sauce. Add salt and pepper to taste. If you’d like to thin the sauce, add a bit of chicken broth and process.

7) For the shrimp, heat a small pan to medium-high heat. Drizzle the shrimp with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Sear the shrimp a couple minutes each side, until cooked through.

8) Toss your prepared pasta with the roasted red pepper sauce. Top with seared shrimp, shredded Parmesan cheese and chopped parsley.

9) Squeeze over a bit of lemon juice and serve!

Dark Chocolate Fondue

Rumor has it that the aphrodisiac qualities of chocolate were so highly prized, the ancient Aztec ruler Montezuma drank 50 goblet-fulls of it daily and the Mayan civilations worshipped the cacao tree as "food of the gods." Now, we wouldn't suggest escalating your love of chocolate to quite this level, but considering its beneficial romance-enhancing properties, a healthy appreciation of it is a must! Chocolate has been found to contain a neurotransmitter called anandamide, which basically has the same feel-good effect on the brain as marijuana.

Ingredients

1 tsp vanilla, kahlua or liqueur of your choice

1) In a sauce pan over low heat, warm up the whipping cream. Be careful not to let it boil.

2) Let the chocolate melt slowly while stirring constantly.

3) Add the vanilla or liqueur of your choice.

4) Pour the melted mixture into the fondue pot and light the unscented tealight.

5) Dip fruit pieces and/or nuts and dessert pieces into the mixture.

Do you make other recipes with foods that are known aphrodisiacs?


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