Cook your honey an aphrodisiac holiday meal with these ingredients

Holidays are a time when family seems to be at the center of mealtime, and relationships can accidentally get left on the back burner. Well, PattiKnows readers, let’s make the effort to move our pots around for a night and cook our honey a special meal during the holidays. And why not super-charge the sexiness of this romantic meal by using aphrodisiacs as ingredients? While there’s no hard and fast science behind aphrodisiacs actually leading to actual increased sex drive, I say it sure can’t hurt. So here are some aphrodisiacs and some quick ideas on how to cook them up.


Yum. Yum. Yum. My all-time favorite ingredient. What isn’t sexy about chocolate? It’s creamy and rich and sweet. It’s totally sexiness in food form. Make a chocolate sauce (or just heat up a jar of hot fudge) and drizzle it over ice cream. It’s super sexy, and who knows what you’ll be drizzling it on next?


Ever had a raw fig? If not, stop by your local farmer’s market and buy a batch. They’re so delicious, and there is something undeniably sexy about them. If your figs are ripe enough, go ahead and serve them to your dude raw. If they could use a little help, a quick roast in the oven will bring out their juices.


This is may be my favorite aphrodisiac on the list after chocolate. I love the texture of an avocado, and it’s not just for guacamole (although I have nothing against some good guac). Cut up a raw avocado and put it on a starter salad. Or make a lemony dip with a spoonful of Greek yogurt, a squirt of fresh lemon juice and some mashed avocado. Add a pinch of cayenne if you and your guy like it a little spicy!


This is probably the easiest of all aphrodisiacs to incorporate into your cuisine. Just chiffonade (that’s a fancypants word for slice) up a bunch and sprinkle it over a salad, pasta, roasted chicken or, if you’re feeling daring — which you should be; these are aphrodisiacs we’re talking about here — put it on some vanilla ice cream for a savory and sweet end to your meal.


Thank goodness this one is on the list. I hate how people feel like they can’t eat garlic on a date. It’ll turn you on. You should eat garlic on dates. Just be sure you’re both eating something garlicky so there are no breath issues later. My favorite easy way to serve up garlic is to roast it. Just take a head, cut it in half, pop it in the oven with a little salt and oil and cook it for an hour at 350 degrees F. When it comes out, it’ll be sweet and soft. Then go ahead and do whatever you want with it. You could even use it as a spread.

Anyone gifting their man with a meal this holiday season instead of a traditional gift?