Valentine’s Day: 12 gourmet (and light) recipes

Restaurants are still closed, so get ready to whip up a 100% homemade Valentine’s Day menu for your better half.

This Sunday, February 14, if Valentine’s Day is placed under the sign of the health crisis accompanied by its curfew, love remains stronger than anything. What could be more intimate than to celebrate it in your little cocoon?

In order to maintain romanticism, gluttony and lightness, why not have a Valentine’s Day dinner at home to surprise your partner? The important thing is to make simple, healthy and original recipes, with a touch of ingredients aphrodisiacs.

Chocolate, the essential aphrodisiac ingredient?

This news may disappoint more than one: it would be necessary to eat quantities of chocolate for it to become a sexual stimulant. If cocoa has this reputation, it is actually spices it can contain such as chili, pepper, or cloves which can make it an aphrodisiac.

According to a survey produced by the Salon du Chocolat and Le Figaro in August 2008, 87% of those questioned believed that chocolate had a positive influence on their morale. So myth or real fact, why not give it a try this Sunday, February 14?

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2/12 – Healthy heart-shaped pizza
Spread the pizza dough on your countertop. Cut the dough into a heart shape. On a baking sheet, cover the pizza dough with tomato sauce, a few slices of tomatoes, then sprinkle with mozzarella. Bake for 10 minutes at 200 ° C and sprinkle with a few basil leaves.

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3/12 – Dark chocolate and raspberry muffins
/ 12 muffins / Preheat the oven to 190 °. Melt 50g of margarine and 100g of dark chocolate in the microwave. In a bowl, place 200 g of T65 wheat flour, 50 g of coconut sugar, 10 g of low-fat cocoa, 1 sachet of vanilla sugar, 1 sachet of baking powder, 1 teaspoon of baking soda, 50 g of chocolate chips and a pinch of fleur de sel. Add 225 ml of vegetable milk and whisk. Add the melted chocolate and the margarine, mix. In a non-stick muffin pan, pour the batter until halfway, place a raspberry in the center, then top with more batter. Bake for 20 minutes and sprinkle with a few thawed raspberries.

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4/12 – Sweet and sour prawns curry
/ 2 people / Sauté 400g of prawns for 3 minutes, then set them aside. Add 1 clove of garlic, pressed with 1 piece of ginger cut into strips, peel and slice the carrots and onion bulbs. Cut the onion stems in half lengthwise. Add 4 carrots and 2 chopped onion bulbs to the pan with 4 tablespoon of dried cranberries. Pour 10 cl of water, 2 squeezed limes and let simmer 8 min. Peel the prawns, pour in 4 teaspoon of honey and soy sauce, pepper and mix. Add the prawns and sprinkle with chopped coriander.

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5/12 – Ginger and pear aphrodisiac cocktail
Boil 1/4 liter of water. Turn off the heat and add 30 g of ginger cut into strips and 30 g of brown sugar. Wait for the preparation to cool to add 2 pears and 15g of lemon juice, then mix everything.

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6/12 – Spaghetti “Beauty & the Tramp”
In a sauté pan, over low heat 2 onions with a drizzle of olive oil. When they begin to brown, add 250g of lean ground beef and cook for 3 min. Add the crushed tomatoes, garlic and the herbs of Provence. Salt and pepper then let simmer for 30min. Cook the spaghetti, drain them, and pour them into the plates with the sauce on top.

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7/12 – Valentine’s Day pancakes
Mix 5 eggs, 250g of flour, 1 pinch of salt, 1/2 sachet of baking powder and 2 vanilla sugar. Add 75cl of milk, mix and let stand for 1 hour at room temperature. Bake the pancakes and cut them into a heart shape before serving.

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8/12 – Strawberries In Chocolate
Melt 100g of dark chocolate gently in a double boiler, stirring from time to time. In the meantime, let the strawberries thaw, wash them and dry them. Once the chocolate is melted and smooth, take a strawberry and dip it in the chocolate by turning it to coat it. Place on a sheet of baking paper and let dry.

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9/12 – Panna cotta dessert with passion fruit and mint
Boil 1 liter of light liquid cream, 50 g of powdered sweetener and 1 open and scraped vanilla pod. Add 4g of agar-agar and stir over heat for 2 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat, pour the cream into the ramekins without filling them. Let cool to room temperature. Cut the passion fruit into small pieces and put them in a saucepan with 1 bunch of chopped mint and 1 tablespoon of water.Bake 10 minutes, mix the coulis in a blender and distribute it over the creams in ramekins.

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10/12 – Sesame and lemon skewers to share
/ 2 people / Mix 40g of soy sauce, agave syrup, 10g of lime juice and 10g of water. Marinate 300g of seitan, cut into large pieces. Brown 15g sesame seeds in a pan and add them to the marinade. Heat 5G of vegetable oil in a pan to brown the pieces of seitan without pouring the sauce. Pour the rest of the sauce into the hot pan and add 1 teaspoon of flour. Stir until the sauce becomes thicker. Form the skewers on wooden picks then dip them in the sauce.

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11/12 – Slimming strawberry tart
Bake 1 shortbread for 30 minutes at 180 ° C. Boil 250 ml of milk and vanilla sugar. Mix 1 egg, 40g of sugar, then 30g of flour. Pour the milk over the mixture and return to the heat. Let cool to coat the pie shell with it and place 500g of strawberries cut in half.

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12/12 – Valentine’s Caprese Salad
Cut 2 beef heart tomatoes into slices about half a centimeter thick. Season all the tomato slices with salt. Drain the mozzarella balls and cut them in the middle using a cookie cutter. On the plates, arrange the tomato and mozzarella slices alternately. Wash a few basil leaves, chop them and sprinkle over the salad. Pour a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil.

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