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Valentines Day. Amidst the amorous Mylar balloons, cheap boxes of chocolates, and creepy stuffed animals, there is redemption. For this holiday, which was started eons ago by St. Hallmark and his devoted greeting card writers, holds the promise of tasty things and sexy times.
Steak, bacon, red wine, and good dark chocolate. Dark and rich and red, we celebrate love and lust with blood and meat and sensual confections.
Prepare yourselves then, Paleo lovers, for the ultimate Paleo-ish Valentine's Day menu.
The Bacon Bouquet
From Instructables.com, "Flowers make a nice gift to the friend that needs a smile or for that special someone in your life. Roses are even better. But sometimes even roses don't cut it. Sometimes you need something a little more non-cliché, something...extraordinary... Sometimes, you need BACON."
Dark Chocolate and Coconut Oil Dipped Strawberries
Sweet strawberries dipped in a mixture of dark chocolate and coconut oil, dipped in almonds, and sprinkled with sea salt. What's not to fall in love with this recipe from My Clean Kitchen?
Walnut and Pear Salad
No dinner is complete without a salad, and this is on sexy salad. EzraPoundcake's recipe calls for candied walnuts, but you can simply swap them out for plain toasted walnuts for an equally classy presentation and tasty contrast to the sweet slices of fresh pear.
Pan Seared Ribeye Steak with Red Wine Sauce
The original recipe from Epicurious.com calls for soy sauce, which can easily be swapped for wheat-free tamari soy sauce or coconut aminos. Otherwise, this is a perfectly primal, and perfectly delicious way to impress your V-day date. By the way, you should always cook with wine that you like to drink, check out this list from The Reverse Wine Snob for some great wines under $20 bucks.
Gluten Free Flourless Chocolate Almondine Cake
This flourless chocolate cake from Lemon Poppy Inc is rich, chocolatey, buttery, and chocolatey. Did I say chocolatey? Sure, there's sugar in the recipe, which you can substitute with coconut sugar for a more nutrient dense but still sweet option, but you could also just say "fuck it" and go all in. It's Valentine's Day dammit! If all goes well, you'll burn that sugar off in no time ;)