Nothing else says I love you like a colorful and tasty dish of Shrimp Bedded on Beluga lentils Snuggled by Pomegranate Fennel Salsa. Pssst, it’s also full of aphrodisiac ingredients to really get in a naughty mood!
Wow, you all just loved last week’s first part of the Getting Sexy in the Kitchen Series. I am so titillated to bring you Part 2 with a healthy, light and a stimulating main dish that I call Shrimp Bedded on Beluga lentils Snuggled by Pomegranate Fennel Salsa. It’s perfect for a Saint-Valentine meal as it is so tasty but will not leave you feeling weighed down and drained of energy. Look at just how sexy the dish looks and again it’s full of ingredients that will light your fire.
Sexy Confession Time!!
Speaking of naughty things, I have stacks (and I mean stacks) of sex toys at home. OK pick up your jaw from the floor now!
The reason is that I used to own a sex toy company. Yes, you read that right. I had an affiliate dropshipping sex toy website a few years ago. And I also branched out and started sex toy parties under my own company. You know like a Tupperware party but with sex toys. Get a bunch of friends over and lots of wine. Then pass around the vibrators, butt plugs, edible underwear, handcuff and heating lube.
The sex toy parties were so much fun…and absolutely exhausting. It was like kindergarten at times – but with alcohol infused adults with their minds in the gutter. And it always made me laugh how those who freaked out the most in public, they were the ones asking me all sorts of really adventurous questions in private when I was taking orders.
I also got a lot of free toys as I penned a lot of sex toy reviews under a pseudonym. I am full of surprises, right? So imagine my surprise when I got an email at CulturEatz to review a very high-end brand new technology toy. I really debated if I should but I really wanted that toy. Finally, I agreed and did a youtube video. It is my most viewed video of 2017…by far. And I have done a few more since then. You can check them out here. 😉
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Last week in Part 1 we took a look at sweet aphrodisiac foods with a Feeling Hot Chocolate Smoothie that is just so smooth it will get any partner into bed in a hurry. This week we will look at savory aphrodisiac ingredients. Let’s get every part of the menu involved in raising the internal heat!
Consuming You Turns Me On
Aphrodisiac ingredients in this Shrimp on Beluga lentils with Pomegranate Fennel Salsa recipe:
- Shrimp is loaded with iodine which keeps your sex-drive happy and amino acids that increase sex-driven neurotransmitters.
- Pomegranates are good for the blood flow and it is said to have a positive effect on erectile dysfunction.
- Fennel works as a libido booster, especially for women.
- Honey stimulates dopamine, inducing feelings of pleasure.
- Ginger warms up the body and increases the heart rate.
- Garlic improves blood circulation and also improves sexual performance in some men.
- Cayenne/ chili peppers can raise your heart rate and stimulate endorphins.
Other savory aphrodisiac foods include, but are not limited too, asparagus, oysters, pumpkin seeds, celery, pine nuts, sweet potatoes, arugula, artichokes, all shellfish, salmon, lamb, wild game, and beets.
I love shrimp, pomegranate and fennel, so this dish is just heaven for me. The contrast of the dark beluga lentils topped with delicate pink shrimps is stunning. And the pomegranate fennel salsa adds the perfect zesty touch.
The dark blacks and ruby reds are a real turn on here and make this dish visually irresistible.
Include this main dish as part of a red recipe menu for Saint-Valentine’s Day for your loved (lusted) one. Read my whole Getting Sexy in the Kitchen Series and find many more aphrodisiac recipes in this great post.
Shrimp Bedded on Beluga lentils Snuggled by Pomegranate Fennel Salsa
- 1/2 small fennel bulb about 1 cup
- 1/2 pomegranate seeded (about 1 cup)
- 2 green onions chopped
- a handful of fresh cilantro chopped
- juice of 1 lime
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 2 teaspoons grated fresh ginger
- 1 tablespoons sesame oil
- pinch of salt and pepper
- 1 cup beluga lentils
- 2 cups vegetable stock
- pinch of salt
- 16 medium shrimp peeled
- olive oil a splash
- juice of 1/2 lime
- 1-2 garlic clove minced
- chili powder
- salt and pepper
- Chop fennel into bits about the size of a pomegranate seed. Add the seeds, green onions, cilantro, lime juice, honey, ginger, sesame oil, salt and pepper, and toss. Set aside.
- Place lentils, stock and salt in a medium saucepan on high and bring to a boil. Lower heat and simmer for 25 min or until lentils are tender. Drain excess stock.
- Pre-heat oven to broil or heat a grill. Place shrimps in one layer on a sheet pan and sprinkle with olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, chili powder, salt and pepper. Toss and cook/grill until shrimps are no longer opaque.
- Spoon the beluga lentils on a plate, top with shrimp. Serve with a side of the salsa.
OMG Evelyne you are full of surprises! I wanted to review your lentil and shrimp dish but I was completely caught up with the sex toys hehe! Well, sex and food are the perfect match aren’t they?
LOL Katerina I indeed pulled a surprise on everyone. And yes I agree with your last sentence.
Jaw drop. That looks so amazing, so many things I love all in one dish. Funny, speaking of fennel, I just returned from a Gainesville, FL FAM trip where we tried a bread with fennel and carrots that was made a hundred years ago or more. You know, fennel is an acquired taste and one gal nearly spit it out immediately after tasting it for the first time. LOL
LOL pick up your jaw! The actual bread was a 100 years old ??? yah I love fennel but it has an anise taste.
Totally adore shrimp with pomegranate.
But let’s be honest – you had me at sex toys. HAHA!
LOL you are my kind of gal 😉
OMG! This looks so divine! I’m such a fan of shimps and pomegranate too. Yumm!
Thank you Su, hope you give it a try 🙂
I like pomegranates, but for some reason, I’ve never made a dish with them. I like all the ingredients and flavors in this recipe so I’ll have to give it a go next time I see Pomegranates at the store.
Thank you Lara, hope you give it a try 🙂
Jaw dropped but then picked back up to giggle! Ha!
LOL ok as long as you did not hurt your jaw 😉
That salsa sounds so seductive!
OMG Evelyne… You always make me laugh! I was thinking, ok here comes an interesting recipe – and then it was all about sex toys! Hilarious! Being educated couples therapist as well as Journalist, I have seen my share of sextoys too! And yes, it is often the most shy people, who suddenly turn out to have a huge interest in sex-toys! Anyway, being pregnant boyfriend and I need to spice up our love-life a little bit, so maybe the recipe is just what we need to get in the right Barry White mood!
Thanks for making me smile
Seriously Louise, you are a couples therapist as well as Journalist. Yeah, you have heard it all too for sure lol. There is no way I can top that story for Part 3 next week lol. Glad you enjoyed the recipe too, here is to some Barry White moods and moves! xo
This looks so good, love the sound of all those ingredients together. I did have a giggle when I read your confession!
Thank you Caroline and I am glad you laughed, loving all the reaction to my confession 🙂
Oh, my gosh, I love everything about this recipe!!! And you crack me up! Never a dull moment when reading your posts!!
LOL there is no way I can top that story for Part 3 though.
Hahah this post made me laugh. This recipe looks fun and different – perfect for Valentine’s Day!
Thanks Malini, I aim to entertain … with vibes and food ha ha 😀
This looks so interesting and colorful too, I like the addition of the black beluga lentils gives texture and color to the dish.
Thank you Amira, it was a fun dish to create.
I love shrimp, lentils, and pomegranate – wins all around! This looks delicious, I can’t wait to try it!
Thanks Shannon and hope you will enjoy it 😀
Talk about spicing it up! Awesome, girl!
Thank you Tam 😉
OMG! I’m totally turned on by this dish. What a stunner! Lol. The confession cracked me up..especially the video being the most viewed:-))
Thank you so my friend. And yeah that was a fun part to write the confession. I just don’t want to be known for making those videos, it a food and travel platform lol.
LOLs Eve! I did not expect to read this this early morning but you go girl. I don’t think I’ve read anything this candid on a food blog before. And bedded and snuggled isn’t used nearly enough on restaurant menus 😉
Haha well I bet that beat reading the paper with your coffee 😀 Yes I agree bedded and snuggled should be used more in dish titles lol.
I love when my seafood presents itself to me on a BED… 😉
AND the rest of the dish snuggles you too!
Im all about that post romp snuggle! 😉
Probably my first time reading a sex toy review and a recipe in two goes. Beautiful sounding and looking dish!
What can I say, the best of both worlds lol? Thank you Sarah!
ROFL!!! You ARE full of surprises! The things we do to make a living. 🙂 This is a terrific dish — very flavorful and inventive — but gotta say the rest of your post overshadowed it. And this looks SO GOOD, that’s hard to do!
LOL thank you so much for the compliment on the dish John. Maybe I should have kept that confession for the part next week, I can’t top that.
OMG, I know this is going to make me sound like a creeper, but I totally had a dream that we had a YouTube cooking channel together and it was EPIC!! lol… 😉 – http://www.domesticgeekgirl.com
Creep away Gingi, and that would be so fun! I am flattered 😀
Yummy! This is an awesome and nutrient-dense recipe which makes my mouth watery, Evelyne. Can I use maple syrup instead of honey?
Thanks Agness and of course you can use maple syrup instead 🙂
Wow what an interesting story, from sex toy company owner to food blogger who would think of that! And yes sex toy parties I was ROFL when I read that
I actually did both simultaneously lol. Lot’s of fun, and I liked parties when there were men too lol 😉 just to buy now.
What a beautifully assembled plate! I love the colours all together, those beluga lentils look very interesting, will have to check them out.
As for your sex toy party past, well I knew there was something about you I liked!! 😜
Thanks for another great post!!
Thank you so much Karen, for the dish compliments! And for the rest…I am sure it is all a shocker for you 😉
hehe 🙂 I had to giggle a few times reading your confession..
The salad looks super yummy with the combo of flavours and the colour is just outstanding!
I definitely aimed to entertain 😀 Thanks Angie, glad you like the dish!