The Way to Your Lover’s Heart is Through Their Stomach

By on February 1, 2012

By Holly Clegg –

If you have someone special this Valentine’s Day, why not take heed to that old saying, “The way to your lover’s heart is through their stomach,” but now we know it is “through a healthy heart.” Win your sweetheart’s affection by heading straight to the kitchen. If you are in the mood for a few aphrodisiacs, then you might want to include oysters in your menu. It was rumored that Casanova ate over 50 raw oysters a day to boost his libido. Oysters are high in zinc content, a mineral that aids in the production of testosterone.

Figs also are considered an aphrodisiac as they are thought of as a symbol of fertility. Dried or fresh, alone or as an ingredient, figs provide a good source of fiber and potassium. Or if “hot food” is your thing, it is said that heat generates a physiological response as when you get excited, so spice things up in your kitchen!

Fig, Caramelized Onion, Prosciutto & Goat Cheese Pizza from Holly Clegg’s trim&TERRIFIC Too Hot in the Kitchen: Secrets to Sizzle At Any Age  (insert book cover image)

Figs, considered a symbol of fertility and revered as an aphrodisiac, turn pizza into an alluring palate pleasing masterpiece.

Makes 8 servings

  • 1 teaspoon plus 1 tablespoon olive oil, divided
  • 1 small onion, thinly sliced
  • Pinch of sugar 1 (12-ounce) thin pizza crust
  • 2 tablespoons orange marmalade
  • 4 ounces figs, sliced in thirds
  • 2 ounces prosciutto, cut into pieces
  • 1/2 cup crumbled goat cheese
  • 1/4 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • 1 teaspoon dried rosemary leaves, optional

1. In small nonstick skillet, heat 1 teaspoon olive oil and sauté onion, stirring occasionally, about 10 minutes until start to turn golden. Add sugar and continue cooking until caramel color. Set aside to cool.

2. Preheat oven 450°F. On pizza crust, spread remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil and cover with orange marmalade. Arrange cooled onions, figs, prosciutto, goat cheese and mozzarella on crust.

3. Sprinkle with rosemary, if desired. Bake 10-15 minutes or until cheese is melted and crust crisp.

Nutritional information per serving:

Calories 281 Calories from fat 34% Fat 10g Saturated Fat 4g Cholesterol 16mg Sodium 279mg Carbohydrate 38g Dietary Fiber 4g Sugars 12g Protein 6g Dietary Exchanges: 2 starch, 1/2 fruit, 1/2 lean meat, 1 1/2 fat

Spicy Advice: Figs are high in fiber and potassium. Can’t find figs, just substitute dates.

Holly Clegg, author of best-selling trim&TERRIFIC® cookbook series, including the women’s lifestyle cookbook, Too Hot in the Kitchen: Secrets to Sizzle at Any Age, and also the specialized trim&TERRIFIC® Diabetic Cooking and Eating Well Through Cancer. With 1 million copies sold, Holly has promoted her healthy lifestyle recipes on Fox & Friends, NBC Weekend Today, and The 700 Club. Known as the healthy “Queen of Quick,” she understands the demands of the busy person and with her user friendly, pantry friendly, and time friendly cookbooks. For more information, visit www.hollyclegg.com or http://thehealthycookingblog.com

About Holly Clegg

With over 1 million cookbooks sold, Holly Clegg, known as the “Queen of Quick” has become a healthy culinary expert on practical easy, healthy recipes through her best-selling trim&TERRIFIC® cookbook series, including the more health focused cookbooks, Diabetic Cooking with the ADA, Eating Well Through Cancer and Eating Well to Fight Arthritis. Clegg has appeared on Fox & Friends, NBC Weekend Today, The 700 Club, QVC, USA Today, Web MD, The Huffington Post. She has partnered with Wal-Mart and is currently working with Albertsons, Inc., Baylor Hospital in Dallas, OmniChannel Health Media and has a partnership with Our Lady of Lake Hospital in Baton Rouge. Her phone app, Mobile Rush Hour Recipes has over 50,000 subscribers. Visit www.hollyclegg.com or http://thehealthycookingblog.com

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The Way to Your Lover’s Heart is Through Their Stomach