A romantic Valentine’s Day can be healthy

Valentine’s Day, on the 14th of February, is meant to celebrate love, romance, and passion. All over the world, couples cook special meals and exchange gifts, parties and dinners are prepared for those who are not in a relationship, groups of friends get together to celebrate their friendship. There are also those who offer a treat to their pets. After all, love takes many forms.

What is the origin of Valentine’s Day?

There are several stories about the origin of this day as a celebration of love. One dates to the Middle Ages: February 14 marked the first day of the birds' mating season.

Whatever the reason for celebrating, food choices on this day tend to be less healthy. Chocolate, in particular, occupies a prominent place, whether in desserts or as a romantic gift – do you know where chocolate comes from?

This time, surprise your better half or your friends with a healthier and zero waste Valentine’s Day dinner!

Create the perfect environment, save on electricity

Dim or turn off the lights and let your dinner be lit by candles in the centre of the table – is it really a romantic dinner if not by candlelight? In addition to creating a cosy atmosphere, you can save energy.

Having resolved the lighting, we move on to the background music. Keep the television off and accompany dinner with your favourite romantic playlist. If the night is spent with friends, and the mood is different, choose a festive playlist.

If inspiration strikes, place a note or card with a special message in each person’s place at the table.

A personalised Valentine’s Day gift

How about offering something handmade, sustainable and that shows all your love? You can choose jam, soap, or homemade chocolates. Draw inspiration from this DIY gift list for Christmas, which you can repurpose for Valentine’s Day.

Did you know that…?

The idea of offering chocolates on Valentine's Day came around 1800, when a famous brand used surplus cocoa butter to create different bonbons, in heart-shaped boxes.

Also, consider shaking things up by offering a plant or aromatic herb in a vase – it lasts much longer, and represents a strong, lasting bond.

Healthy and zero waste menu for Valentine’s Day dinner

We arrive at the most delicious part of this article: how can you create a simple and healthy menu, with sustainability in mind, for Valentine’s Day dinner? Like this:

  • Starters: Mozzarella in olive oil and herbs

A classic of the Mediterranean diet, olive oil is the key ingredient in this fresh, light and flavourful starter. If you’ve already followed our suggestion of making an herb garden at home, this recipe can be even more sustainable, using aromatic herbs that you’ve planted yourself.

Mozzarela in olive oil and herbs.


  • 100 ml. of olive oil
  • 1/2 bunch of basil
  • 1 stem of fresh mint
  • 1 c. of fresh oregano soup
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 1 c. pepper mix dessert
  • 1/2 chilli (optional)
  • 1 c. salt flower tea
  • 1 mozzarella


  1. Add the olive oil, aromatic herbs, chopped garlic, pepper mixture, and thinly sliced seedless chilli. Season with salt flower and mix.
  2. Cut the mozzarella cheese into slices, place in a deep dish and drizzle with the olive oil and herbs mixture.
  3. Refrigerate for one hour.
  4. Serve with crackers, toasted bread or fresh bread.

Zero waste tip

Use leftover bread to grate. You can use the grated bread in hamburgers or croquettes, for example.

  • Main Course: Pasta with shrimps, garlic, and coriander

Seafood and Valentine’s Day make a good pair. For a simple yet delicious dish, try out this recipe that requires only a handful of ingredients.

Ceramic deep plate with pasta with shrimps.


  • 100 g whole grain spaghetti
  • 1 shallot
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • Pepper as per taste
  • Dried oreganos as per taste
  • 500 g tomato pulp
  • 100 g large frozen cooked prawns
  • Fresh coriander as per taste

Whole grain pasta is a source of fibre, vitamins, and minerals. It has a lower glycaemic index compared to non-wholemeal versions, contributing to a longer feeling of satiety.


  1. Cook the pasta according to the instructions on the package.
  2. Meanwhile, peel and chop the shallots and garlic cloves. Add them to a pan with olive oil, salt, pepper and oregano.
  3. Add the tomato pulp on low heat.
  4. Add the prawns and simmer for a few more minutes.
  5. Drain the water from the pasta, which should be al dente (cooked, but firm).
  6. Finally, place the pasta in a bowl and pour over the shrimp sauce. Stir.
  7. Dress with fresh coriander.

Zero waste tip

If you choose fresh shrimp, use the shells and heads to make shrimp broth, which you can freeze or use in other recipes, such as seafood rice.

  • Dessert: sautéed pears

A fruit-based dessert is excellent for those who like to end their meal with something sweet, but light. Try this alternative to typical chocolate desserts.

Sautéed pears in a pan with rosemary and cinnamon sticks.


  • 3 pears
  • 2 c. olive oil soup
  • 2 c. of sugar soup
  • 200 g of Strawberry
  • 1/2 lemon
  • 30 g of walnut


  1. Peel the pears and cut them into quarters, removing the cores.
  2. In a frying pan, brown the cut pears in hot oil, sprinkle with sugar and let caramelize, stirring occasionally.
  3. Add the strawberries, washed, and cut into pieces. Drizzle with lemon juice.
  4. Remove from heat, place on plates and sprinkle with chopped walnuts.

You can replace the nuts with another dry fruit or oat flakes. Learn all about the benefits of oats.

Zero waste tip

Pear peels don't have to go to waste: use them to make pear peel chips, a very nutritious snack.

  • Drink: Red Fruit Sangria

To accompany dinner, a refreshing drink, in which you can replace the white wine with 100% apple fruit juice, in the same amount, if you prefer the non-alcoholic version.

Two glasses of sangria, with lemon and lime slices.


  • 0.75 dl white wine
  • 1 tablespoon of grated ginger soup
  • 1/2 fresh mint
  • 2 lime slices
  • 300 g frozen red fruits
  • 1 L tonic water
  • Ice as per taste


  1. Poor the white wine in a jar.
  2. Add ginger, mint leaves, lime slices and red fruits.
  3. Mix well and store in the fridge.
  4. Before serving, add tonic water and ice to taste. Serve immediately.

All set! Enjoy.