Valentine’s Day, simple at home

Why not stay at home this year and prepare some bites for Valentine’s Day? Below are a couple prep-in-advance options for your day of love, whether you are celebrating Valentine’s Day with a partner, friends, or having a special meal all to yourself!

Tips

Keep it light, so you can keep your energy up 😉

Focus on protein and vegetables, full of flavor

If dining in a pair, keep the garlic and onions light for ease of closeness

Tiny sweets to finish, if sweets are your thing.

Simple Ideas for Valentine’s Dinner

from Heartful Kitchen: A Cookbook for Every Body

Seared Duck breast with Red Wine Reduction and Asparagus

Simple Roasted Chicken with Simple Roasted Vegetables and Zesty Avocado Crema

Red Beet Pistachio Dip & Crudite (daikon radish, yellow beet, celery, carrot, boiled egg)

Food as Sweet Vitality

Pine Nuts are high in zinc, which has been linked to a healthy sex drive.

Steam or roast fresh vegetables and top with my Pine Nut Vinaigrette!

Toss the veggies in some fresh arugula. This peppery plant has been known as a natural aphrodisiac for centuries!

Artichokes can be quite an intimate food to share. Steam a whole artichoke and enjoy the leaves with Mustard N’ Thyme Aioli. Find many other aioli recipes in my book

To steam an artichoke

  1. Snap off tough outer leaves of the artichoke. Cut off top third of artichoke. Cut off any spiky brown pieces. Cut stem a bit so artichoke stands upright. Rub cut surfaces with lemon to prevent discoloration.
  2. Place a steamer basket in a large pot; add enough water so it reaches just below the basket. Place artichokes in steamer basket, stem-side up. Cover pot, and steam until heart is tender when pierced with a tip of a paring knife, and inner leaves pull out easily, 20 to 30 minutes. Warm or room temperature is perfect for serving!

Pumpkin Seeds & Decadent Power Truffles!

These amazing seeds have been shown to boost testosterone! Their high level of zinc, like pine nuts help can help with harmony as well!

I took my regular recipe from my cookbook for Decadent Power Truffles with Ginger and Sea Salt. I added crushed toasted pumpkin seeds and lots of grated fresh turmeric root.

Instead of taking time to roll truffles, I simply panned it out, sprinkled with toasted coconut and froze it. This morning, we took out the pan, let it thaw for 5-10 min, and cut squares!

Purchase your copy of Heartful Kitchen to prepare these Sweet Recipes for your loved ones and more!


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