If you’re hungry for love, and none is within close reach, spark an old or new flame with some of the best passion making food around–the legendary aphrodisiac foods. Aphrodisiacs foods–named for Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of fertility, beauty, and desire were originally used to treat various sexual disorders. A lot of the more popular aphrodisiac foods are due to the food looking like human genitalia. These range from the obvious, like bananas, cucumbers, as well as a few slightly more subtle, like peaches, apricots, and raspberries. And then the even more obvious ones like oysters, clams, and mussels due to their representation of female genitalia.
However, there are other foods that aren’t as commonly known as aphrodisiacs. These don’t give off so much of a sexual representation but more because of what their roles are. Nuts and seeds are two of these foods, due to their part in the reproductive mechanisms of plants. Figs as well are high on the list due to their similarities to part of the human body.
So when thinking about creating a meal to spark a little passion think of foods that are representative of things you love about the other person. Make sure to keep the meal light and healthy.
Starter – Figs with Goat Cheese
2 ounces soft fresh goat cheese
1 TBS balsamic vinegar
12 fresh figs, washed and drained
- Use your fingers to roll the goat cheese into 24 1/2 teaspoon-sized balls.
- Cut figs in half.
- Press cheese into the center of each fig.
- Plate them and drizzle with vinegar.
- Serve within an hour.
Main Course – Lobster and Avocado Salad
1 beet cut into wedges
1⁄2 cup plus 1 tsp avocado oil
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
4, 1-lb lobsters
2 tsp champagne
2 tsp champagne vinegar
3⁄4 tsp. dijon mustard
1⁄2 tsp. finely chopped shallots
6 cups arugula greens
3-4 ripe avocados
- Heat oven to 350°.
- Toss beets with 1 tsp. of the avocado oil. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
- Wrap in a foil package. Roast until tender, about 45 minutes. Chill beets.
- Bring a large pot of water generously salted to a boil. Add lobsters and cook until bright red and cooked through, about 5 minutes. Drain and cool lobsters, then twist off each tail, gently crack the shell, and remove the meat in one large piece; chill. Repeat process with claws.
- In a bowl, whisk together champagne, champagne vinegar, dijon mustard, shallots, and S&P to taste. While whisking, drizzle in remaining 1⁄2 cup of oil to form a dressing.
- Toss greens with some of the dressing
- Dress greens with chilled beets, grapefruit segments, and avocado slices.
- Divide lobster between four plates.
- Drizzle each salad with remaining dressing.
Dessert – Strawberries and Paleo Whip cream
1, 14 ounces can Trader Joe’s Coconut Cream, chilled in the fridge overnight
1 tablespoon (or more to taste) coconut sugar or honey
1 quart fresh raspberries
- Scoop out the cold coconut cream into a small bowl. Make sure to leave the excess moisture/coconut water in the can.
- Whip it up with a fork for a few seconds until fluffy or grab your hand mixers and start whipping.
- Wash your raspberries, place some in a bowl with the whip.
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