Foods to Love this Valentine's Day

February gets us to thinking lovely thoughts – all things pink, red, heart-shaped and the like. Are you planning a romantic meal to share with a special someone? Soliciting ideas for the most romantic foods? We’ve prepared a list of our Top 10 foods with particularly passionate undertones, for your consideration.

SPICY HUMMUS – Chickpeas have long been believed to have aphrodisiac properties, and spicy foods really heat things up with their stimulating effects. Why not combine the two in a spicy jalapeño or pretty red pepper hummus? You could also drizzle your favorite plain variety with a spicy chili oil and some crushed red pepper flakes.

Strawberries and Chocolate FondueSTRAWBERRIES – With their sweetness and beautiful ruby red color reminiscent of red hearts and candy kisses, strawberries are a natural food for lovers. Serve with sweetened whipped cream or dipped in our #3 choice – Chocolate Fondue.

CHOCOLATE FONDUE – Evoking visions of passion, chocolate of any type boots serotonin, ensuring a good time whenever and wherever you eat it. Melted with a little whipping cream, it becomes the perfect choice in which to dip practically anything, from pineapple and bananas to shortbread cookies and pound cake.

Coffee and BeansCOFFEE – Coffee is a stimulant, after all. It evokes a date night/late night feel, giving you a little kick of energy for whatever your romantic evening has in store.

STEAK – Considered by many to be the classic choice for a candlelit dinner, steak speaks of extravagance and class – important things to look for in both a meal (and perhaps even a mate?).

OYSTERS – Oysters have a sweet, salty, velvety texture that oozes with luxury. Cassanova was reported to have eaten 50 raw oysters a day, and he seemed to know a thing or two about love, so why not? Even if you don't enjoy them raw, oysters are very high in zinc and contain heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids, both good for your overall well-being.

Surf and TurfLOBSTER – Associated with fine living, lobster is a good choice for those with a penchant for elegance. After all, what is living well without love?

SPAGHETTI & MEATBALLS – If you aren't already envisioning Lady & the Tramp, you might not be tracking our thought process here. Even so, Italians are known as pretty romantic people, so pasta might just be the way to go.

BASIL – It's given in Italy as a love token, and those Italians know what they're doing in the love department, right? Chop it and add it to fresh salad greens or enjoy it in a traditional pesto on salmon, halibut or fresh linguine.

WINE – Whether you opt for the bubbly or pop the cork on your own personal favorite, no Valentine's meal is complete without a special bottle of vino.

Featured Recipes

Hummus
Chocolate Dipped Strawberries
Chocolate Fondue
Irish Coffee
Bittersweet Chocolate Espresso Truffles
Espresso-Rubbed Tenderloin Steak
Steak House Tenderloin
Lobster Pot Pie
Braised Salmon with Tuscany Basil Pesto
Simple Spaghetti and Meatballs

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