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This Valentine’s Day, Love is in the Fare!

Written by Keegan Baur | February 1, 2011

Everyone knows that being humane and healthy is hot, so this Valentine’s Day, treat your sweetie to a romantic dinner packed full of animal-friendly aphrodisiacs. Vegan aphrodisiacs—from chocolate and strawberries to tomatoes and peppers—are famous for their reputed carnal qualities, but did you know that there’s a scientific reason that meat-free fare is the recipe for romance? The cholesterol and fat in animal foods slow the flow of blood to all a man’s vital organs—not just his heart—but healthy vegan foods will leave lovers full of energy and vitality.

So turn up the heat in and out of the kitchen with these arousing recipes:

strawberryClassic Valentine’s Dinner    
One of Cupid’s personal favorites, this tempting meal is sure to charm your chosen one. Wine and dine your baby with a Baby Spinach SaladVegetarian Wellington With Madeira Wine SauceRoasted Red Potatoes, and sensually shaped Steamed Asparagus. We promise, by the time you serve the double-dose aphrodisiac dessert of Chocolate-Dipped Strawberriesthe object of your affection will be eating out of your hand.

soupThat’s Amore Dinner
With a menu including ingredients such as robust red peppers in our Roasted Red Pepper Soup, sizzling Sun-Dried-Tomato-and-Pesto Linguine with passion-inspiring pesto, and fire-igniting figs featured in a luscious dessert of Caramelized Fig à la Mode, this heart-y meal will delight all the senses and keep your valentine coming back for amore!

saladSpice It Up
If you want to spice up your love life, then hook up with these hot dishes! Lusty lads and lasses will love alluring Avocado-and-Tomato-Wedge Salad With Balsamic Vinaigrette, sinfully good Panko-Crusted Seitan With Chili “Aioli” Tostada, and Mango Crème that melts in your mouth.

For more of the best aphrodisiacs (and for other ways to be kind), check out Making Kind Choices.

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  • chander kumar soni says:

    very good.

  • Biljana says:

    I signed the bear bile petition…

  • denis says:

    Thanks Its reallly usefull. Nice site

  • juanitabow says:

    These recipes sound awesome.

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    Thanks you so much

  • chander kumar soni says:

    nice article.

  • Jake says:

    My advice is to avoid meat, cheese & yoghurt substitutes. They are expensive and often contain unhealthy ingredients. Try risottos, paella, curries and pasta dishes. There are many recipes available on the internet and when made from fresh ingredients they are cheaper, as well as healthier than frozen and canned pre-prepared meals. David’s comment here about carbohydrates and lean meat are misguided. I recommend you all read “The China Study” by T. Colin Campbell. It explains why you don’t need more protein or calories as you probably are already eating far too many!

  • Ophelia says:

    I’ve been a vegan for almost 14 years . I still crave ” dead stuff ” one to two times a year . But,never act on it. I could never hurt an animal . I’m still looking for a recipe . A wheat meat ,soy or tvp burger .

  • chander kumar soni says:

    happy v’day.

  • candicelittle says:

    I really like this site. Today I Day 1 for me

  • Kat says:

    @k – Eat beans and rice, lentils and rice, lentil stew with potatoes, black bean stew over polenta, etc. I don’t know where you live, but when I was in college, I bought tofu for $1 a pound at my local co-op.

  • govegan says:

    Try American Beauty Linguine, it’s totally vegan.

  • StefBingham says:

    First of all THANK YOU!!! Thank you for this website, thank you for the 30 day pledge, thank you for the recipes and thank you especially for the vegan Valentine’s menu. I was searching and poof there it was. I appreciate all the help you offer with my transition. I use to be vegetarian a long time ago….not sure why I went bace but…but have recently gone vegan and am so happy about it. Although I live in a fairly remote community and do not have alot of vegan brand foods, I have been pleasently surprised with how easy it has been to find vegan foods. Yes, it is more costly but it is so worth it. So thank you for all you efforts to make the transition easier!

    Question – I am struggling to find a decent cheese and yogourt alternative. Any suggestions?

  • Camille says:

    Maybe I’m mistaking but aren’t linguines made with…eggs? That’s not vegan is it?

  • APL says:

    i love this website!! love the content: vegan recipes, cookbooks, tips, ideas, encourages to make kind choices..I LOVE IT..what else better than this for a lovely valentine’s day with your loved one…romantic VEGAN recipes..this is AWESOME,
    thanks PETA..:)

  • k says:

    same problem. I want to be vegan, but it is so expensive, and with gluten intolerance, it is even more difficult. Currently I am living off of bean based veggie burgers (black beans, onions and garlic) combined with a lettuce and, if I can afford it, veggie salad)Today I ate an egg because I was just soooo hungry. Quinoa is expensive as is tofu and soy substitutes…how do we do this with no money

  • Veg to Veg says:

    Susan! You must read CRAZY SEXY DIET. Meat substitutes are not very good. Try making your own veg burgers they are SO good. I am too not able to tolerate gluten. Good Luck, its awesome- ive lost weight, have great hair and nails and I feel great- not sluggish!

  • V says:

    To Susan Curry—
    Check out these 2 FREE Vegan cookbooks/recipes here, where over 90% of them are suitable for those with celiac disease, etc.
    http://www.vitalita.com/vcg/cookbooks/

    Go vegan! Where there’s a will, there’s a way.

  • Nikki says:

    I would love to make a dinner like this for my boyfriend and really make V day special.. But the problem is, he is sort of a picky eater. I would hate to make him a dinner that he wouldn’t like, and new vegetarian/vegan recipes sometimes take a bit of getting used to (I know when I first became a vegetarian almost 4 years ago, I didn’t even like anything boca for a long time). Is there anything makable with a more…classic taste?

  • David says:

    I’m all for being healthy, and veganism is cool if that’s what you’re into, but this article is a red herring. Not all meat has high cholesterol and fat. You just gotta watch what you eat. Like lean meat, white meat etc. And make sure it’s high in HDL cholesterol and not LDL. I couldn’t turn down chocolate dipped strawberries if I tried, but I prefer a mean chicken parm. And vegetables and fruits are typically low in calories, meaning they don’t actually leave you full of energy. That’s Carbohydrates job.

  • carlos cassano says:

    Try quinoa and other super cereals. These were a staple of the inca diet in peru. Prior to the Spanish invasion of South America, the inca had mastered the agricukture of many super cereals, such as amaranth, kiwicha and several forms of quinoa (black, royal and red). The inca were mainly vegan, and were strong people on a vegan diet (though they also ate fish, seafood, and occasionally guinea pigs). These super cereals are called super cereals because they contain all of the essential amino acids, which are also found in meat and animal products.

  • Susan Curry says:

    I struggle to be vegetarian — I want to be — but I have celiacs disease which eliminates a lot of meat substitutes made from seitan.

    Would you consider a special section of recipes designed for the gluten intolerant vegetarians?

  • CHANDER KUMAR SONI says:

    HAPPY V’DAY.

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