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Veggie Valentine or carnivore crush? 8 hot romantic recipes

Whether your date is a veg-lover or a fan of meat, show them how much you care with our romantic dinner ideas — the recipe for a perfect Valentine's Day.
  Published:  30 Aug 2017    |      4 minute read

You might be a veggie addict or a meat lover, a lifelong vegan or full-on flexitarian. Wherever your foodie passion lies, dinner dates can be a minefield if your beloved doesn't share your attitude to food.

So this year, why not make Valentine's Day a drama-free zone with our romantic recipe suggestions?

Cook for your Vegan Valentine

Hari Ghotra's vegetarian cashew nut Indian curry with rice in separate bowls
Hari Ghotra's tasty vegetarian cashew nut Indian curry with rice

Need a romantic dinner idea that's vegan-friendly? Going meat and dairy free for Valentine's Day won't just show your vegan partner how much you care. This cashew nut curry will leave you both satisfied: cashew nuts stimulate the libido and chillies help get the blood flowing.

Dinner with a herbivorous heart-throb

Roasted Cauliflower being drizzled with oil
Roasted cauliflower drizzled with oil is a tasty option

Why not put veg centre-stage for the night this Valentine's Day? This ultra-simple recipe for roasted cauliflower with whipped goats cheese will melt the heart of any veggie. And cauliflowers help balance hormones.

Romance your sea-loving sole mate

3 warm oysters in their shells, topped with garlic breadcrumbs
A different way with oysters - warmed in their shells and topped with garlic breadcrumbs

As if you needed any ideas for a romantic dinner date with an ocean theme...

Rock (oyster) their world. The aphrodisiac powers of the oyster are well known – but they’re also ultra-sustainable.

So this recipe for oysters with garlic and breadcrumbs is great for Valentine's.

Date a meat-reducing romantic

Still from Disney's Lady and the Tramp. The 2 dogs at a restaurant table eat spaghetti and meatballs, waiters in the background.
Disney's Lady and the Tramp bond over spaghetti and meatballs
Credit: RetroJazz on Deviant Art

Follow in the footsteps of the most romantic dogs on film and share a plate of spaghetti with turkey meatballs.

This Jack Monroe special isn't just any spaghetti – this is a low-cost, low-carbon extravaganza. Swapping some of the meat for mashed beans makes this meal climate (and wallet) friendly. Just remember, it's your recipes that should be cheap and easy — not your date.

Recipes for the lamb lover you love

High welfare lamb chops with asparagus and root vegetables on a white plate

If your lover loves lamb, love lamb right back – make sure your shanks come from lambs raised on pasture. How about these organic lamb chops with aspargus and root veg? Be warned – 17th Century naturalist Nicholas Culpeper hailed asparagus for “stir(ring) up lust in man and woman". It's loaded with potassium and vitamin A, which can boost your sex drive.

Flexitarian fiancée for dinner?

photo of woman holding hen with smoothie
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Whether you’re taking your flexitarian friendship to the next level or bridging the rocky divide between you and your poultry-loving partner, embrace a bit of choice with crispy pressed chicken and tofu with garlic and mint.

Go for an organic chicken to be certain that your bird has enjoyed a free-range, GM-free life, and pile up the tofu.

Cooking for your beefcake beloved

Beef and pomegranate brisket
Credit: Abel & Cole

Make your meat go further – and give it a kick – with a good shot of pomegranate.

Make sure you buy organic or grass-fed for this "better beef" and pomegranate recipe – there's no passion killer like factory-farmed meat.

In contrast, the pomegranate is a passion power-up. It's full of antioxidants. Not a bad idea for Valentine's Day...

In fact, why not double down on the antioxidant power with a quinoa, feta and pomegranate salad to go alongside?

Dessert date?

Hot banana souffles dusted with icing sugar in rammekins

If you prefer to skip straight to dessert, have a go at this hot banana soufflé.

The banana is said to contain chemicals that can lift your mood — great for date night this Valentine's Day.

Bananas are also famously high in potassium, which boosts energy.