Published by PETA.

Everyone knows that being humane and healthy is hot, so this Valentine’s Day, treat your sweetie to a romantic dinner using animal-friendly foods that will put you both in the mood. 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 vegan fare is the recipe for romance? The cholesterol and fat in animal-derived foods slow the flow of blood to all vital organs—not just the heart. Healthy vegan foods will leave you full of energy and maybe even feeling a little frisky. Plus, leaving meat, eggs, and dairy off your plate means that you won’t be breaking animals’ hearts.

So turn up the heat in and out of the kitchen with these Valentine’s Day recipes:

Roll Out the Red Carpet Dinner

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This meal tempts and teases with its sexy red hues and sumptuous textures. Take a walk down the red carpet with silky Cranberry–Cream Cheese Crostini made without cow’s milk. Make your sweetheart feel like a star by serving up these adorable Stuffed Heart-Shaped Vegan Spinach-and-Cashew Ravioli. If you’ve baked this Vegan Red Velvet Chocolate Lava Cake for dessert, you’re sure to win the award for “Best Lover” this Valentine’s Day.

Classic Valentine’s Dinner    

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One of Cupid’s personal favorites, this tempting meal is sure to charm your chosen one. Wine and dine your baby with a Sumptuous Spinach SaladRoot-Vegetable Fritters with Green Lentils and Fig Chutney, and sinfully good Deviled ‘Eggs’. We promise, by the time you serve the double-dose aphrodisiac dessert of Chocolate-Dipped Strawberries, the object of your affection will be eating out of your hand.

That’s Amore Dinner

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With a menu including ingredients such as robust tomatoes in our Roasted Tomato Soup, sizzling Basil and Red Pepper One-Pot Pasta, and a fire-igniting fig featured in a luscious dessert of Strawberry Creamcake, this heart-y meal will delight all the senses and keep your valentine coming back for amore!

In the Mood for Love Dinner

Crispy asparagus pockets© Jill Strong

If you want to get in the mood, then hook up with these sensual dishes! Lusty lads and lasses will love our aphrodisiac filled Crispy Asparagus Pockets, alluring “Beef” and Orzo-Stuffed Peppers, and delectable date balls.

If these Valentine’s Day recipes have whetted your appetite, why not show love to animals—and rev up your love life—by living vegan every day of the year?

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