Start with a plate of chilled oysters. They’re scientifically proven to be an aphrodisiac, plus they’re low in calories (half a dozen medium raw oysters are about 45 calories) and high in protein. Serve with a simple mignonette.
Move on to the main course.Sausage, onions, and leeks can roast while you enjoy the aphrodisiacal appetizers. Filling, delicious, and easy to make. Win, win, win.
Serve with mashed cauliflower. A hearty meal deserves a hearty side. Take the lighter road and use cauliflower in place of starchy potatoes. They taste delicious and won’t leave you feeling bloated and lethargic. Mix in some chopped fresh herbs like thyme and some grated Parmigiano-Reggiano if you’re feeling crazy.
End on a sweet note. Chocolate-dipped strawberries are a staple at Valentine’s Day for good reason: they’re delicious, they’re pretty, and they’re really, really hard to mess up. Dark chocolate and strawberries are both proven aphrodisiacs.
Julie Ruggirello is the Recipe Editor at The Daily Meal and thinks there’s nothing less romantic than Valentine’s Day prix fixe meals. Stay home and do some sexy cooking. Follow her on Twitter @TDMRecipeEditor.