Get ready for the day when everyone is wearing silly green leprechaun hats and drinking heavily. The day when some moms will prepare snacks and desserts by adding green food coloring and over-the-top decorations like whipped cream, chocolate syrup, marshmallows, lucky charms, shamrock sprinkles and M&M’s. Others will take advantage of the opportunity to sneak some healthy ingredients into their kids’ meals by adding nutritious greens like spinach, zucchini, lime, kiwi, or avocado.
Some cooks, however, will use this holiday as an excuse to infuse their festive desserts with alcohol.
Booze and Desserts
Alcohol and desserts are great on their own, but when combined they produce incredibly indulgent desserts. However, there are two important questions on everyone’s mind – Will you get drunk if you eat too much boozed up cake and can your kids safely consume these treats?
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The answer is – it depends on the amount of alcohol you add to your recipe. Adding a maximum ¼ cup of booze is perfectly safe since most of the alcohol will evaporate during the cooking process due to the fact that it has a lower boiling point than water. As long as you serve this type of food on special occasions only, they are perfectly safe for the whole family (and sure to make the dads especially happy!)
If you need more convincing, here is another fun fact – booze makes your desserts healthier. Studies have shown that pairing certain foods with a glass of beer or wine helps lower ‘bad’ cholesterol levels, while at the same time increasing the ‘good’ cholesterol levels, thus reducing the risk for heart disease. The trick is to consume alcoholic beverages in moderation.
So, let’s celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with the best desserts infused with the Emerald Island’s favorite alcoholic beverages – Guinness beer, Baileys, whiskey, and cider.
When talking about beer, Irish have Guinness in mind. The famous dry stout has been consumed since the 1700s both in Ireland and abroad. Its burnt flavor derived from roasted, unmalted barley and the characteristic flavor make this bubbly beverage perfect for incorporating into various desserts.
#1 Guinness Chocolate Cheesecake
If you have ever made the Guinness chocolate cake, you must know how well this frothy stout pairs with chocolate. So, how about taking things to the next level by using this combo in a cheesecake. The addition of the Guinness will change the texture of the cake, making it closer to a blend of soufflé and fudge. The final result is a moist, creamy, light and wiggly cake that melts in your mouth.
#2 Guinness Brownies
The full title of this recipe is Mile High Guinness Brownies with Guinness Buttercream Frosting, which should be enough to tell you that you are about to have brownies that are far from the ordinary. They are tall and airy (contribution of the beer bubbles), loaded with chocolate and twisted with Guinness. Moreover, they are topped with an incredible Guinness vanilla buttercream frosting and some more dark chocolate shavings!
#3 Guinness Chocolate Pudding
As you might have noticed, Guinness works best with chocolate in desserts. That is probably due to the fact that the beer flavor does not stand out at all; it rather emphasizes the chocolaty flavor. In addition to the amount added to the pudding itself, the recipe makes use of some more beer thickened into a syrup, mixed with some whipped cream and placed on top of the smooth and creamy chocolate base!
#4 Guinness Donuts
Even though Guinness seems to pair wonderfully with chocolate, that doesn’t mean you can’t use it for sweet treats that make use of other ingredients. These fluffed up donuts would be perfect as St. Patrick’s breakfast in bed along with a cup of warm coffee. The best part is the Irish Cream Glaze which adds up some extra decadence.
There is no alcoholic beverage that enriches desserts in the way the smooth and luscious Baileys Irish Cream does. The first creamy liqueur was produced in the 1970s and is well-loved for its traditional flavor, but also for the new flavors that are being introduced on a regular basis like mint chocolate, crème caramel, coffee, hazelnut, biscotti, vanilla-cinnamon, and pumpkin spice.
#5 B52 Mousse
The B52 mouse is inspired by the B52 cocktails and is made with Baileys Irish Cream, Kahlua, and Cointreau. The chocolate complements the flavors and colors that combine together to produce this soft, decadent dessert that looks absolutely seductive and tastes delicious. Warning: this mousse contains a ¼ cup of each liqueur so it might be wise to keep your kids away from it. The good news is there will be more for you!
#6 Irish Cream Tiramisu
Just as Guinness makes a great fusion with chocolate, Baileys does it with coffee. Layers of lady’s fingers soaked in espresso and covered in mascarpone cream cheese compose this incredibly easy treat; it will take you no more than 20 minutes to throw it together, but patience is required during the time it sits in the fridge (preferably overnight). It is totally worth it though!
#7 Baileys Ice Cream
The beauty of ice cream is that it can stand as a dessert by itself or serve as an ingredient or a topping in different recipes, like in this affogato, an easy and simple dessert made up of one or two scoops of ice cream and topped with some espresso or strong hot coffee. You can replace the Baileys liqueur with Bailey’s coffee creamers. This recipe uses the Mudslide coffee creamer but there are 14 more flavors you can choose from.
#8 Chocolate Hazelnut Baileys Cookie Bars
These seven-layer cookie bars are a real explosion of flavors but are ridiculously easy to make. The base is made of chocolate cookie crumbs (try Oreo cookies), mixed with some melted butter and followed by chocolate chips, caramels, and chopped hazelnuts. Moreover, there is a topping made of sweetened condensed milk and Baileys Irish Cream which contributes additional caramelly/hazelnutty flavor and chewy texture.
Irish Whiskey Desserts
Irish whiskey is a staple in many of our favorite St. Patrick’s Day cocktails, but have you considered adding it to desserts? One of the greatest Irish distillates will produce marvelous creations that will fill you up and make you slightly euphoric.
#9 Pumpkin Bread Pudding with Whiskey Cream Sauce
Sounds tempting, right? Puddings must have been created to save leftover quick-breads, whether regular bread, banana bread or, like in this case cinnamon swirl bread. The whiskey-flavored topping brings the flavors of the traditional pumpkin pie spice and the creaminess of the custard, whereas the pecans add crunchiness and a dose of healthiness. Ready in 10 minutes, devoured in seconds!
#10 Irish Soda Bread Scones with Salty Whiskey Butter
The simple traditional Irish soda bread is made spectacular with some whiskey-soaked raisins. The scones are a bit hard and crunchy on the outside, but soft on the inside, with interchanging flavors of sweetness and mild tanginess. The best part of this delight is the salty whiskey butter that goes on top of each and every scone.
#11 Whiskey Dark Chocolate Truffles
To make these incredibly simple tiny balls you need only five simple ingredients that are thrown together in just a few minutes. Bear in mind that they need to be chilled for at least two hours, but once they are completely chilled they are very quickly formed into balls (especially if you use a cookie scoop). The result is rich and decadent truffles with a whiskey kick at the end. Note: you can roll each truffle in cocoa powder, finely chopped nuts, and sprinkles or dip in some melted chocolate!
#12 Whiskey Peach Cobbler: Last Minute Dessert
Put this recipe on your list of must-have desserts for the upcoming summer! And on your list of last-minute desserts. And on your list of desserts that save leftover fruits. Sweet, juicy, aromatic peaches and smoky whiskey create a fusion to die for in this extra soft cake covered with caramel syrup that thickens and sticks around the edges. Heaven!
Cider is somewhere between beer and wine in taste and manner of preparation. Like beer, it is low in alcohol, but fermentation makes it closer to wine. The best type of ciders is the Irish Craft Ciders, which are handmade by using Irish grown apples and contain no artificial ingredients or additives.
If you have some forgotten cider in the fridge that is no longer fizzy enough to be drunk, put it to use in these amazing dessert recipes. They all go with both alcoholic and non-alcoholic cider versions or a mix of both.
#13 Sparkling Cider Bundt Cake
This cake is a basic Bundt cake but made with cider in the base. The cider bubbles, combined with the leavening agents and acidity from the vinegar, make it incredibly fluffy without affecting the dense texture. The simple syrup glaze and the sparkling icing produce a super-soft treat packed with sizzling cider flavors.
#14 Apple Cider Maple Pancakes
Some may argue that pancakes are more breakfast than a dessert, but I beg to differ. Pancakes are an incredibly flexible comfort food which allows you to add any desired ingredient both in the batter as well as on top of the stack. Think chocolate chips, whipped cream, peanut butter, vanilla ice-cream. If this is too much for you, try healthier options like Greek yogurt, pure maple syrup, nuts, cinnamon, and nutmeg.
#15 Mini Pumpkin Donuts with Cider-Rum Glaze
Rum is another type of booze that pairs perfectly with all sorts of sweet treats. These mini donuts have cider in the batter and rum-based glaze on top. Here is something to reduce the level of guilt just a bit – they are not fried but oven-baked, so feel free to indulge.
#16 Cider Cinnamon Rolls
There is no other combo like the one made with apples and cinnamon! Cider replaces milk in this recipe and it is doing an amazing job, pairing with the yeast to create a bubbly butter that rises twice as fast as usual. Another ‘experimental’ addition here are the apple slices added to the batter, which come out just a bit softened but still retaining some of their crunchiness. Pour the frosting on top of the warm rolls and watch it drip along the sides!
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Everybody knows how to make pancakes. You can prepare a fairly decent stack of pancakes even if you are a first-time cook. There is nothing simpler than making pancakes from scratch. Or is there? Have you ever wondered why your first pancake never works? Or why instead of the fluffy, tall pancakes yours look like flat discs?
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This post is about pancake PERFECTION. It will show you how to make easy fluffy golden pancakes in no time, with a minimum mess in the kitchen.
To make perfect pancakes, you need to own high-quality kitchenware elements. Here are the basics.
The first and most important cookware element is the frying pan. An unsuitable, sticky pan will ruin even the best pancake recipe. The three rules for pans are non-stick, wide enough, and no hot spots. If you have a griddle or a skillet, feel free to use them.
Avoid pans with sloped sides and choose a heavy-bottomed pan. If the pan’s bottom is too thin, your pancakes will burn. You will need a pan that is wide enough to allow you easy flipping. I recommend a ceramic coated pan that is nonstick and can be heated to very high temperatures. Another upside is that ceramic pans don’t rust. The ceramic coating conducts heat very well so there will be no hot spots.
Buying a high-quality pancake pan will pay off. If you buy a bargain-cheap, non-stick pan at the supermarket you might end up with flakes from the non-stick coat in your sweet treat. A more expensive pan will last forever!
Second on the list is the spatula. This tool is essential for easy and efficient flipping. I have tried to do it with a spoon once, trust me, it is impossible. That is unless you are a flipping master and you can turn your pancakes by tossing them into the air, like that guy who holds the world record for most tosses (140) in one minute.
The perfect spatula should have a thin edge to let you get under the pancake and flip it easily, without any tearing or wrinkling. You can use a metal one, but if you have a nonstick pan or skillet you can choose a silicone or rubber spatula.
Cups, bowls, spoons, and more
Besides the two above mentioned key elements, you will need a few more to have on hand to prepare a standard easy pancake recipe.
- Two cups (for flour and milk)
- A teaspoon (for raising agents and salt)
- A tablespoon (for sugar and butter)
- Two bowls (one big and one medium, preferably metal, ceramic, or glass, not plastic)
- Whisker (for mixing the ingredients)
- Brush (for applying fat to the pan)
The Fluff Factor
If the pancakes don’t look fabulous, I won’t bother eating them. I want to fall in love with the pancakes at first sight. I want them to be tall, soft, and fluffy. When it comes to texture, the first commandment is: choose easy pancake recipes. Easy equals foolproof. Check out our pancake collection with over 200 of the best American pancake recipes!
Let’s talk about the ingredients first. In an easy pancake recipe, there are dry ingredients: flour, baking powder, baking soda, sugar and salt, and wet ingredients: milk, egg, and butter.
- Rule number one for fluffy pancakes: your raising agents (baking powder and baking soda) must be fresh. The shelf life is 6-12 months from opening date, but if you’re not sure, apply this simple test: add ½ teaspoon of baking powder or baking soda in 2-3 tablespoons of white vinegar. If the raising agent is fresh, it will bubble and fizz.
If you have forgotten to buy baking powder and have already started to make the pancakes, you can prepare a homemade baking powder, by mixing 2 teaspoons of cream of tartar and a teaspoon of baking soda in a small bowl. Store this powder airtight, in a dark and dry place at room temperature, for up to 6 weeks.
The wet ingredients should be at room temperature. If they are cold the pancakes will be sultry.
1.Use buttermilk instead of milk for lighter and more tender & fluffy pancakes. If you don’t have buttermilk at hand, know this: acidity equals fluffiness. Create a home-made “buttermilk” by adding a tablespoon of white vinegar or lemon juice into a cup of milk (any type of milk will do, even non-dairy).
You can also use Greek yogurt or mix the milk with plain Greek yogurt (1-part milk + 2 parts yogurt).
Another secret ingredient for fluffiness is carbonation. The fizziness in carbonated beverages, like beer or sodas (e.g. seven up) is responsible for making the pancakes extra fluffy. Did you know that beer pancakes are called “mancakes”?
- Separate the egg white from the egg yolk. Beat the whites separately and fold it into the batter to make it lighter. It’s a science thing: egg whites are made almost entirely of protein, so when whipping them, the proteins unfold and recombine in rigid structures, i.e. they transform into a mass of foamy bubbles.
- For best results, use all-purpose flour in the batter because it won’t affect the structure of the pancakes. Other good alternatives are whole wheat, buckwheat, or cornmeal. Mix and match any of these flours and find what works best for you.
- Make your pancakes immediately after mixing the batter. The fresher the batter, the better the pancakes. The raising agents start working immediately after coming into contact with the wet ingredients and their effect decreases with the time. So, if you want you can mix the dry ingredients in advance, but once you add the wet ones, you’d better start cooking!
- Leave the batter lumpy. The more you mix the batter, the chewier the pancakes will be, due to gluten development in the flour. You don’t want that. Stir the ingredients until they are just combined, but make sure there are quite a few lumps inside.
- Another idea to speed up the mixing process is to use a blender. First, add the wet ingredients. Once they are foamy, add the dry ingredients and keep mixing until smooth.
The Art of Cooking
Once you’ve prepared the best pancake batter it is time to learn how to cook perfect small golden pillows that simply melt in your mouth.
I recommend that you treat the first few pancakes as a test batch. Use them to adjust the heat and practice your flipping skills. Make sure the pan is not too hot to avoid burning the pancakes. On the other hand, if it is not hot enough, the batter will smear. Sprinkle a few drops of water before you start cooking. If they are shimmering, you’re good to go.
Use vegetable oil for frying, not butter. Butter burns easily, due to the milk solids contained inside. Especially when your pan is on medium heat for a longer time.
If you insist on using butter, chose either the clarified version, in which milk solids have been separated beforehand or the unsalted version which has a lower whey content and doesn’t burn as easily. The last option is to mix the butter with oil.
Use a heat-proof silicon pastry brush to apply the chosen fat onto the surface of the pan.
If you use too much oil, your pancakes will fry. Wipe the excess oil before you pour the batter into the hot pan or griddle using a paper towel.
Frying and Flipping
Do not flatten the pancakes with the spatula, even if you are tempted to do so, in order to cook them faster. They will cook faster but they won’t be fluffy.
How to avoid smearing the batter because of a sloppy flip? The problem is that you’re using the whole arm, instead only the hand. Slide the spatula under the pancake, lift slightly, and then turn it using your wrist.
Flip the pancake when bubbles appear on the surface and the edges have set. Don’t wait for the bubbles to burst, it will be too late! The bottom of the pancake should be light brown. It should take you about 2-3 minutes to cook the first side and 1-2 minutes more for the opposite side.
Your awesome & easy pancakes are now ready. All you need to do is choose a splendid topping to match these expert-made pancakes and enjoy.
Add-ins and Toppings
Add-ins, like berries or chocolate chips, can be easily burnt. That is why it is best to add them as late as possible. First pour the batter into the pan, then add the chips or berries (distribute evenly). Bananas, on the other hand, caramelize during cooking so you can add them directly to the batter, mashed or in slices.
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Standard picture perfect pancakes require a perfect topping. Out of respect for the perfect fluffy pancakes you’ve just prepared, choose pure maple syrup instead of the pancake syrups sold in plastic bottles that are full of sugar and God knows what else. Add a pat of butter on top and dive in!
Proper nutrition is the key to a healthy self. Focusing on the right foods and eating healthy does help reduce the risk of developing terminal conditions such as cancer, high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity, and even kidney infections.
In addition to promoting good health, eating right does take care of the most important part of your body, the brain. Some foods have the power to reduce depression symptoms, anxiety, boost cognitive functions, and even fight insomnia.
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Improved brain power makes many things possible, such as learn a new concept or even be able to reason and act fast in tight situations. Among other behaviors, eating the right foods can boost your cognitive functions significantly.
You, however, need to ensure everything that gets in your gut is healthy and nutritious enough for brain cells. The brain communicates with your stomach via the vagus nerves. Any nutrients beneficial to brain cells are transported directly to the mind through the blood. Some of the best foods for brain health include:
Fatty fish are some of the best and abundant sources of omega-3 fatty acids. Since the human system cannot manufacture these fats, it relies solely on the foods we eat. Having a hearty meal of oily fish, therefore, supplements your supply of these essential nutrients. Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) are common compounds in the standard American diet today. Most of the foods we have today are high in Tran’s fats as well.
According to mental health therapists Clarity Clinic, only omega 3 fatty acids can reverse some of the toxic effects of trans fats and DHA on brain cells. Salmon, sardines, herring, mackerel and other cold water fish are some of the best sources of omega fatty acids. These fats can also be found in walnuts and flaxseeds.
Supplementing your supply of omega fatty acids not only helps fight depression as well as improve brain health, but also reduces the risk of contracting schizophrenia, dementia, and other mental disorders. These fats are known to boost serotonin and dopamine secretion in the body, hence increasing your memory and learning capacity.
Glucose is the primary source of energy for the human brain. Glucose comes from the breakdown of carbohydrates. According to research, simple carbs tend to worsen one’s moods due to spikes of blood sugar in the system. Complex carbs, on the other hand, help one feel full for longer and also helps maintain a positive mood for hours.
This is because glucose is released slowly into the bloodstream. The steady supply of glucose keeps brain cells fueled thus improved brain functions and capacity. Whole foods are some of the best sources of high-quality complex carbohydrates. Wild rice, oats, bulgur, whole wheat products, soy, and beans are other recommended sources of high-quality carbs.
Lean proteins are good sources of amino acids. Amino acids are not only the main body building blocks, but also contribute greatly to neurons and neurotransmitter health and efficiency. The nervous system mainly relies on high-quality amino acids to remain effective. Tryptophan (commonly found in turkey) is one of the essential amino acids that influence one’s moods and even boost serotonin production.
Serotonin (often referred to as nature’s Prozac) is associated with depression. Protein sources from chicken, lean red meat, eggs, fish, turkey, and beans play a considerable role in keeping serotonin levels in check. Healthy serotonin levels reduce pressure on brain cells thus lowering effects of anxiety and depression. Enjoying a hearty meal of lean proteins can, therefore, boost your overall brain functions.
Green Leafy Vegetables
Green leafy vegetables are loaded with antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and folic acid. These constituents are essential for improved functionality and efficiency of the nervous system. A deficiency in any of these nutrients is often linked to insomnia, fatigue, and depression. Many individuals today, however, get enough supply of B vitamins and folate in their meals. Adding green veggies to your diet plan should supplement the supply of the same, hence recommended.
Broccoli is one of the excellent sources of antioxidants and selenium. This mineral is essentially needed for improved thyroid hormone metabolism, reproduction, and proper immune system functioning. Selenium deficiency in the body is also linked to fatigue, depression, and anxiety in most patients. You can also supplement selenium from eating seafood, onions, chicken, whole grains, and Brazil nuts.
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Fermented foods with active cultures, yogurt, kimchi, kefir, pickled veggies, and temper all contain healthy bacteria. The healthy bacteria (probiotics) are essentially needed for a healthy gut and are known to reduce stress and anxiety hormones. Processed foods, however, do not contain these healthy bacteria, and are known to eliminate the same by introducing unhealthy ones. Having a cup of yogurt or any of the foods outlined above should help replenish good bacteria to the system.
“I think careful cooking is love, don’t you? The loveliest thing you can cook for someone who’s close to you is about as nice a valentine as you can give.” – Julia Child
Valentine’s Day Traditional Foods
How February 14 became associated with love remains unclear. Most Historians believe that it was a physician by the name of Valentine who started the frenzy of sending love cards on this day. Namely, the poor man fell in love with one of his patients, the daughter of an emperor. Before being executed because of his religious beliefs, he sent his beloved a note signed with “Your Valentine.”
And while cards are a must when it comes to this holiday, food doesn’t fall behind either. When we think of foods associated with Valentine, most of us immediately think of the most popular love food – chocolate. Chocolates became a common gift during the Victorian era when people were greatly inspired by medieval courtly love and chivalry. So, if you are looking for a chocolate recipe, you’ll find it difficult to select just one. Our suggestion is Chocolate Pots de Crème. Looks good and tastes divine.
Still, there are a few more traditional foods used to celebrate love and for each and every one of them, there is a logical explanation.
Wine. The feeling that one gets when enjoying a glass of wine is often compared to the feeling of being in love. Don’t forget to buy a high-quality wine to serve on this day. If you and your loved one don’t fancy that euphoric feeling wine creates, use it in recipes like the one for Creamy Pistachio Chicken. This dish is made with white wine which gives it incredible depth and flavor and the alcohol evaporates during the cooking process so there is no need to worry.
Strawberries are heart-shaped and red colored so it’s no wonder they were considered a symbol of Venus by the ancient Romans. Dip them in melted chocolate, or even better, incorporate them into an amazing recipe just like the Strawberry Cream Cake.
Honey. As a symbol of love, bees were associated with Cupid during the Renaissance and are often depicted stinging Cupid, the god of love, in paintings. Honey is a symbol of procreation and contains boron, which provides an energy boost and helps regulate testosterone and estrogen levels. This natural aphrodisiac can be incorporated in savory recipes, but it definitely works best in sweet ones, like Honey Fudge Parfaits.
Herbs. There are three herbs often associated with the day of love – lavender, basil, and rosemary. With its scent and beautiful purple color, lavender relaxes the senses. Basil is a traditional symbol of fertility and boosts sexual desire by increasing the heart rate and improving circulation, whereas rosemary has been associated with wedding ceremonies since the Middle Ages and is often incorporated in wedding bouquets. Use lavender and rosemary in a single delightfully fragranced and delicate recipe – Scented Cupcake Trio.
Valentine Breakfast in Bed
Valentine’s Day is a perfect way to show your love, but also a great excuse to eat chocolate for breakfast. If love and devotion do not offer a sufficient justification for such a guilty pleasure, here is a little extra: Chocolate is absolutely sensual, from its aroma to its taste, but it has also been known to cause a spike in dopamine, which induces feelings of pleasure. This fact makes chocolate a powerful aphrodisiac which is sure to get you in the mood for love.
In addition, chocolate is really good for you – it lowers the ‘bad’ cholesterol levels, boosts brain function, and acts as a powerful antioxidant.
So, why wait for dessert? Feel free to start the day in a decadent fashion.
The easiest option is to make chocolate pancakes. However, in order to capture some of the love that is in the air, cook these fluffy flapjacks in a heart-shaped mold.
The beauty of pancakes is their versatility and flexibility; for instance
- you can stack them on top of each other, adding vanilla frosting in between the pancakes and on top, to create a delicious cake;
- you can pour the batter into muffin tins to create cute chocolate muffins; or
- slice cooked pancakes and incorporate them in various trifles and parfaits that look absolutely tempting!
Another option is to add some red food coloring to the batter and prepare luscious red velvet pancakes. They make use of cocoa powder as well, but for additional chocolatey flavor, serve them with Nutella cream.
Here are some other chocolate morning options:
– Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie
– Triple Chocolate Banana Bread
– Pecan Chocolate Chip Maple French Toast Bake
– Chocolate Waffles a La Mode
– Dark Chocolate Granola + Valentine’s Twist
– Double Chocolate Oatmeal
Valentine’s Date Night Dinner
As Jay Leno once pointed out, men call this day ‘Extortion Day’. So, if your significant half doesn’t feel like putting on their fancy outfit and leave the comfort and safety of your home on a chilly night, why not stay at home and cook? This decision has another upside – your joint bank account will remain intact, allowing you to save some money for a romantic weekend getaway once the weather decides to improve a bit.
Invest your time and energy in really fancy dishes packed with aphrodisiac food that really spark the romance. By definition, an aphrodisiac is a food or drink that increases the sexual desire. Aphrodisiac foods reduce the stress levels, increase circulation, or affect neurotransmitters.
Do aphrodisiacs work? Try these 10 recipes with your baby and see if scientists are right:
#1 Chili Lime Tacos with Mango Salsa
Besides the passionate red color and the fiery taste, chili peppers stimulate endorphins which are responsible for good moods. Their hotness increases circulation and stimulates the nerve endings, making you feel more aroused.
This spicy dish can be served wrapped in tortillas or turned into a main dish salad by swapping the tortillas with romaine.
#2 Oyster Mushrooms, Garlic, and Green Onion Sautee
Besides being very easy to make, this recipe is also paleo and gluten-free. Oysters are one of the most well-known aphrodisiacs due to the fact that they are full of zinc and amino acids that support the production of sex hormones and increase the sex drive.
#3 Spicy Tuna and Avocado Sushi Bites
Avocado’ reputation as an aphrodisiac goes as far as the Aztec times. This silky and creamy fruit is filled with vitamin E, which helps the body produce sex hormones and stimulates vigor and energy levels.
#4 Creamy Chicken Alfredo Pasta with Bell Peppers, Asparagus, and Sun-Dried Tomatoes
Asparagus is rich in folate, which aids the production of dopamine, the feel-good neurotransmitter, and histamine, which is released in the body during orgasm. In addition, this green veggie contains B vitamins which have been known to boost the libido.
#5 Saffron Shrimp and Peach Rice Bowls
Studies have confirmed that saffron increases the sexual performance. Moreover, this tasty spice is very healthy; it is packed with Vitamins B6 and C, as well as minerals like manganese, magnesium, potassium, and iron.
#6 Pesto Pizza with Pine Nuts and Feta
If you are not ready to give up great pizza even on days like this, that’s OK. You can simply upgrade it to a new tastier and sexier level.
Pine nuts abound in energizing zinc, which is essential for producing testosterone. They have been popular aphrodisiacs since the Middle Ages.
#7 Mushroom Gnocchi with Arugula and Walnut Pesto
Arugula is yet another libido-boosting food that has been used for a long time; to be more precise, since the first century A.D. This green leafy plant is packed with antioxidants that prevent negative effects of contaminants on your libido.
This recipe contains another aphrodisiac – walnuts, which contain high levels of omega-3 fatty acids needed to boost the production of sex hormones.
#8 Asian Pan Seared Salmon Salad with Honey Sesame Dressing
Much like walnuts, salmon also contains omega-3 fatty acids that balance the hormones. Plus, it is combined with another powerful aphrodisiac in this recipe-honey.
#9 Spinach and Artichoke Quiche Cups
These tiny veggies come in handy to feed each other when you don’t have strawberries. Besides this convenient feature, artichokes contain antioxidants and vitamins needed for healthy blood circulation and overall health.
#10 Cashew Chicken Ding with Jicama, Celery and Red Bell Pepper
Celery is a crunchy, aromatic veggie that contains androstenol and androsterone, pheromones that are secreted by women and men when they sweat and serve to create sexual attraction. Consider replacing the cashews with another powerful attractant – almonds.
All of these amazing dishes can be complemented with libido-boosting spices, herbs, and add-ins such as:
– Olive oil
Valentine Lovable Desserts
No meal is complete without a dessert! Whether you are inspired by the infamous food scene in “9 ½ Weeks” or just want to share a tasty sweet treat, ask your boo to join you in the kitchen and prepare these delicious aphrodisiac-packed recipes together.
#1 Banana Pudding
It’s not just the phallic shape! Bananas also contain bromelain, an enzyme which boosts testosterone production, as well as vitamin B and potassium that increase the energy levels. This recipe also contains whipped cream…in case you want to recreate the above-mentioned movie scene.
#2 Mexican Coffee Ice Cream Pie
In addition to caffeine, which increases the heart rate and makes the blood flow, this recipe contains two additional feel-good ingredients – cinnamon, which heats up the body and normalizes the blood sugar levels, and vanilla, which stimulates the nerves, thus enhancing your sexual drive.
#3 Gingerbread Cookie Dough Truffles
Ginger is very similar to chili peppers in boosting the blood flow and body temperature. This fact was well known by French courtesans in the past, who gave ginger to their lovers to boost their pleasure and desire. The recipe also contains nutmeg, a spice that has been used as a libido-booster in Hindu cultures for centuries.
If you need a little something to boost your confidence and liven up the atmosphere, prepare these hot cocktails. Remember, consume in moderation – you don’t want to end up to stewed for love.
Valentine’s Day Cocktails
Watermelon White Sangria
Believe it or not, watermelon is said to have a ‘Viagra’ effect on the body! This is due to the high content of lycopene which relaxes the blood vessels and improves blood flow, which causes you to feel aroused very quickly.
Pomegranate and Orange Champagne Punch
Pomegranate is a powerful antioxidant which supports circulation. Studies have shown that these red gems also help with erectile dysfunction.
We hope that you have found a recipe that sparked your interest. All you need to do is find the perfect scented candles and create a sexy playlist.
Happy Valentine’s Day!