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Cooking for Love: A Herbal Medicine-Inspired Valentine’s Day Meal for Two

Cooking for Love: A Herbal Medicine-Inspired Valentine’s Day Meal for Two

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Ah, February – the month of love! Do you have plans to celebrate Valentine’s Day (or Pal-entine’s Day) with your nearest and dearest?

These cozy weeks of late winter are the perfect time to celebrate not just romance, but also the health and well-being of those we love. So, rather than stress over getting the perfect restaurant reservation, why not celebrate with a delicious and nutritious three-course dinner at home?

To inspire your Valentine’s Day celebrations, we’ve curated an impressive (yet simple) three-course menu filled with ingredients known for their ability to enhance well-being. Let’s dig in!

Cocktail: Maca-Infused Raspberry Martini

Make with: Maca Root Liquid Tincture

Let’s start your evening with a toast to love with a romantic Maca-Infused Raspberry Martini!

Maca is known for its energy-boosting and hormone-balancing properties. This Peruvian herb is also considered a gentle sexual tonic, as it stimulates libido and promotes healthy sexual function (especially for women in perimenopause). In this cocktail, it meets the vibrant and antioxidant-rich raspberries.

Follow the main recipe here, then simply add 1-2 droppers of Maca Root Liquid Tincture to each cocktail. Don't drink alcohol? No problem! You can easily make this a refreshing mocktail by omitting the vodka.

Appetizer: Revitalizing Greek Red Lentil Soup

Make with: Root + Spring’s Chinese Herbal Soup Mix for Revitalization

For the first course, dive into a bowl of Revitalizing Greek Red Lentil Soup.

In this starter soup, red lentils bring protein and fiber to the table, while herbs like rosemary, oregano, and bay add anti-inflammatory benefits.

To get the most out of this vibrant soup, use Root + Spring’s Chinese Herbal Soup Mix for Revitalization as your broth base (instead of the vegetable broth). This herbal soup mix contains tonic herbs like American Ginseng and Goji Berry to support mind and body balance. The gentle sweetness of this tonic broth also balances the soup’s lemony kick.

Get the recipe here, and order your Herbal Soup Mix for Revitalization here!

Main Course: Pomegranate Molasses and Hawthorn Glazed Salmon

Make with: Hawthorn Berry Liquid Tincture

This Salmon with Pomegranate Molasses and Hawthorn Glaze makes for a beautiful and vibrant main course.

Salmon, rich in omega-3 fatty acids, supports both heart and brain health. Pairing it with a glaze featuring antioxidant-rich pomegranate makes it both colorful and nourishing.

But, here’s the trick to take this salmon dish to a whole new wellness level: when you make the pomegranate molasses marinade for the salmon, keep a tablespoon aside and add 2-3 droppers of Hawthorn Liquid Tincture. Hawthorn berry (or Shan Zha in TCM) is known for its ability to enhance cardiovascular function, as well as improve digestion (especially of proteins). Once you’ve baked the salmon, drizzle this finishing touch over top to your dish for a burst of flavor and added health benefits.

Don’t like fish? This dish would be delicious with chicken breasts instead, or cauliflower steaks and sweet potato for a vegetarian feast.

Make this dish here, and find Hawthorn Berry Liquid Tincture here.

Dessert: Reishi Vegan Chocolate Molten Lava Cake

Make with: Real Mushrooms Reishi 415

No Valentine's Day is complete without chocolate! End your evening on a sweet note with a decadent Reishi Vegan Chocolate Molten Lava Cake.

This vegan, gluten-free dessert not only satisfies your chocolate cravings but also includes the immune-boosting and mood-balancing benefits of reishi mushroom. Reishi is a prized medicinal mushroom that has been used for centuries to promote longevity, anxiety relief, quality sleep, and immunity. It even has cancer-fighting properties.

Simply follow this recipe, adding 1 tablespoon of Reishi 415 mushroom powder to the other dry ingredients before mixing into a batter.

Cheers to Love, Health, and Happiness!

There’s no better way to express your love than by preparing a nourishing, health-promoting meal to enjoy together. This Valentine's Day, treat your partner, best friend, or loved one to a delicious meal that does the body good.

Shop our full collection of wellness tinctures and herbal broth and soup mixes to infuse your cooking with healing ingredients.

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