Look to the stars for inspiration this Valentine's Day, and whip up a memorable meal with your sweetie's astrological sign in mind.
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Whether your idea of the best Valentine's Day is cooking for your soulmate, sweeping someone you just met off their feet with your kitchen skills, or relaxing at home with your best friends and a good home-cooked meal, the added pressure of making sure everything is perfect on the most romantic day of the year is stressful. Why not take the edge off and have a little fun with your V-Day meal?

Using your dinner guest's Zodiac sign as a guide, prepare them a feast that appeals to their starry sensibilities. Or, if you're having a small gathering, you can find out your guests' birthdays ahead of time and serve up a family-style feast inspired by their sun signs. The fun part will be sitting back and observing which dishes they flip over.

Astrologer and writer Maressa Brown offers stellar ideas for delicious Valentine's Day meals that will satisfy a spirited Aries, woo a romantic Pisces, and win the hearts (and stomachs) of every sign in between.

Aries (March 21-April 19)

Ruled by Mars, the planet of action, Aries is a cardinal fire sign known for their impulsivity, lack of patience, childlike playfulness, and interest in being first at everything, according to Brown. This is one sign that probably has big plans, tickets, or reservations for V-Day and night, so think of foods that are fast and satisfying. Aries will most appreciate a dish they've always loved that's easy to throw together like a classic Slider-Style Mini Burger. You could also appeal to their playful side with an on-trend dish like Keto Cheesecake Cupcakes.

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Taurus (April 20-May 20)

Taurus is a fixed earth sign that gets its cues from Venus, the planet of beauty. Known for their love of luxury and comfort, they'll crave a dish that's always been one of their favorites over the years, according to Brown. It isn't difficult to win a Taurus over with food, but the trick to choosing the perfect V-Day dish for them is opting for one that appeals to their sensual side. Cook them this creamy Bleu Cheese Macaroni, a homemade pizza with their favorite high-end toppings, like this Pear and Gorgonzola Cheese Pizza, or a decadent German Chocolate Cake.

Chicken and Bacon Shish Kabobs
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Gemini (May 21-June 20)

Ruled by Mercury, the Gemini in your life is fantastically expressive. This mutable air sign is known for being curious and talkative, Brown says, but they can also be a bit finicky and indecisive with food. The key to cooking a great meal for your favorite Gemini is to provide options that allow for a lot of experimentation. Think Chicken and Bacon Shish Kabobs with a platter of various dips like this spicy Chicken Wing Dip. A taco bar is another excellent idea, but be sure to include out-of-the-box ideas like a Lentil Taco and these Chicken Wanton Tacos.

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Cancer (June 21-July 22)

This moon-ruled cardinal water sign is sensitive, compassionate, and nurturing, and they tend to love the experience of cooking and eating, which allows them to show how much they care and experience life with loved ones, Brown says. "Try a homey, traditional dish like a Chicken Parmigiana or something that's seafood-forward like a melt-in-your-mouth Pan-Seared Salmon dish," Brown says.

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Leo (July 23-August 22)

Leo is a fixed fire sign ruled by the sun. These folks love a good party and are all about showing off and experiencing the best of what life has to offer. "Go with a beautifully-presented dish that they can snap and share on their social media, like these Cream Cheese and Crab Sushi Rolls, or something warming and rich that takes a good deal of love and attention to make, like Chicken Enchiladas with Mole Sauce," Brown says.

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Virgo (August 23-September 22)

If there's one sun sign most likely to be found tending to their own vegetable and herb garden, it's Virgo. "Ruled by messenger Mercury, the mutable earth sign is picky and discerning, as well as health-conscious," Brown says. For this reason, Brown suggests aiming to make a few dishes that are as healthy as they are gourmet and green, like a Green Velvet Soup to start off the evening and Herb-Roasted Chicken with Vegetables as the main meal event. If you can use veggies you've grown yourself, even better, Brown says.

Veggie Rose Tart
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Libra (September 23-October 22)

One of the helpless old-school romantics of the Zodiac, Libra is ruled by Venus, the planet of beauty and ruler of the seventh house of partnership, which means Valentine's Day is likely a holiday they have circled on their calendars. "The cardinal air sign would love a dish that's as aesthetically pleasing as it is appealing to the palate," Brown says. This Veggie Rose Tart is as elegant and photo-worthy as it is delicious. And a classic Fettucine Alfredo is buttery and delectable, but also elegantly simple.

Lobster Rolls
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Scorpio (October 23-November 21)

Scorpio is a fixed water sign co-ruled by two powerful forces: game-changer Uranus and go-getter Mars. If you know and love a Scorpio, you're probably already well aware of this sign's intensity and magnetism, Brown says. Cooking up a dish with equally powerful, memorable flavors, and perhaps a bit of seafood flair, would be a win with a Scorpio. Some seductive options include Lobster Rolls or Shrimp Noodle Bowls.

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Sagittarius (November 22-December 21)

Sagittarius is the sign most likely to have every page of their passports stamped — and you can plan your V-Day meal with this in mind. "Ruled by the planet of luck and abundance, Jupiter, mutable fire sign Sagittarius is gregarious and adventure-seeking," Brown says. "They're also the ruler of the ninth house of long-distance travel and higher learning, so they love exploring foreign cultures." Go for a dish with lots of unusual spices, a punch of flavor, and exotic flair — a colorful Thai Green Curry Chicken or Indian Tandoori Chicken will do the trick.

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Capricorn (December 22-January 19)

Ruled by Saturn, the planet of hard work, tradition, rules, and regulation, cardinal earth sign Capricorn is a traditionalist and pragmatist. This no-nonsense sign doesn't have the easiest time unwinding at the end of a hectic work day, but old-school classic romantic dishes like Spaghetti Cacio e Pepe or Lemon Chicken make them feel relaxed and at home.

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Aquarius (January 20-February 18)

Ruled by Uranus, the planet of revolution, the fixed air sign is happiest when they have the freedom to be their quirkiest and most unconventional selves, Brown says. This intellectual sign is thrilled with meals that are unusual — and have a humanitarian flair. Consider a vegan option like a Marrakesh Vegetable Curry. Aquarius is one of the only signs that can be just as happy skipping dinner altogether and digging into a unique dessert like Vegan Rose Meringues.

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Pisces (February 19-March 20)

Pisces is a natural born dreamer. The unpredictable water sign is ruled by Neptune and favors emotions, empathy, creativity, and romance over rational thought, Brown says. "Complex flavors and a creative dish would make the sign of the fish most pleased. Think something like a Fruit Salsa with Cinnamon Chips or Seared Ahi Tuna Steaks or Hawaiian Beach Shrimp."

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