Aries (March 21 – April 19)
Lace up your running shoes, you’ve got a busy month ahead. Your love life is in high gear: whether you’re rediscovering the awesomeness of your current sweetheart or plunging into a new relationship, crank up the heat with sexy spicy mussels for two at home. Channel your boundless energy into shareable lemon-coconut squares or cinnamon-sugar shortbreads. When you finally get a night off, take 30 minutes to make yourself some roasted tomato pasta then relax in from of the TV all night. Soft cheese is your key ingredient this month.
Taurus (April 20 – May 20)
You can really feel your own inner power right now, so it’s a perfect time to integrate some healthy-delicious foods like spinach, seeds and trout into your daily routine. While you’re at it, how about adding a satisfying kale salad to the day? More than ever, though, you need to carve out a bit of time for yourself each day; get up early and enjoy a bowl of warm steel-cut oats and a chai latte before the world wakes up. Flax seeds are your key ingredient this month.
Gemini (May 21 – June 20)
Friends play a big role in your life this month. Show them how much you care by hosting a simple meal of chicken tostadas and lageritas at home. Or bake a double batch of caramel shortbreads for your next get-together and bring some cute doggie bags so everyone can take home a treat. Meanwhile, you’ve still got family commitments, so bring a loaf of raisin bread to keep everyone happy. Cinnamon is your key ingredient this month.
Cancer (June 21 – July 22)
Life is throwing you a few curves this month, so stick to tried-and-true favourites like burgers and tacos at dinnertime. Make sure to celebrate little victories (pancakes on a weekday morning seems like a great idea). And if all else fails, take some time to bake a proper loaf of bread; the kneading and waiting is as good as meditation. And guess what? By the end of the month there’ll be reason to celebrate so break out the cocktails and fancy snacks. Balsamic vinegar is your key ingredient this month.
Leo (July 23 – August 22)
If you get asked to donate to a bake sale, say yes: a batch of beautiful cheddar soda bread will get you noticed by a potential client or lover (yippee!). Your palate is craving new, intense flavours and crazy combinations, so try bulgogi sammies or barley risotto. And since you’re saving up for that special something, make sure to bring a good lunch (grainy wheatberry salad, perhaps?) to work as often as you can. Almonds are your key ingredient this month.
Virgo (August 23 – September 22)
No, it’s not your birthday but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t bake a chocolate-salted caramel tart for yourself. You’re worth it! And furthermore, enough with skipping lunch. You need to fuel up with a yummy veggie club sandwich to make the most of your day. A friend or family member is back in the picture after an absence so make a cozy brunch of French toast and maple bacon so you two can catch up. Eggs are your key ingredient this month.
Libra (September 23 – October 22)
You and your beloved have been like two ships passing in the night recently. It’s time to set aside an evening and make sumptuous seafood stew for dinner so you can reconnect. Finish it off with a little plate of millionaire’s shortbreads and you never know what fires you’ll start! Although you’re frustrated at work, it’s just a passing episode so focus on delicious weeknight dinners like onion quiche and awesome fried rice to get you through. Peppers are your key ingredient this month.
Scorpio (October 23 – November 21)
Ooh la la, things are getting hot! Get that guy over to your place tout suite and serve up some irresistible baked risotto. There’s a sparkle in your eyes right now and everyone wants to hang out with you. Invite the gang over and wow them with an amazing Middle Eastern spread of spiced lamb and Israeli salad (you won’t have to entertain again for months). But all this means you’re impatient and possibly a bit forgetful, so if you’re baking, make it banana bread (which is almost foolproof). Parsley is your key ingredient this month.
Sagittarius (November 22 – December 21)
It’s finally time to address an ongoing conflict in your life. Psych yourself up with a hot toddy, then celebrate with almost-instant tiramisu as soon as it’s over. And if the relationship ends up in the toilet, never fear, bourbon blondies are here to make you feel better. Why not knock on your neighbour’s door with a loaf of no-knead bread; maybe you guys will become better buddies. Chocolate is your key ingredient this month (well at least there’s that!).
Capricorn (December 22 – January 19)
Have you been eating a bowl of cereal instead of dinner? Girl, you’re better than that! Easy chicken pie, packet-baked fish or even five-ingredient pasta will put the pep back in your step. You’ll soon feel better and start craving more healthy goodness like salmon cakes. Balance it with a pumpkin-chocolate cheesecake bars dessert. Hazelnuts are your key ingredient this month.
Aquarius (January 20 – February 18)
You’ve been coasting for a while; it’s time to mix it up a bit. Add ginger-coconut chicken or veggie cabbage rolls into the weeknight dinner rotation. And instead of the same old eggs for breakfast, make shakshuka. You might feel rough around the middle of the month, but a quick batch of asparagus soup will smooth everything over. Ricotta is your key ingredient this month.
Pisces (February 19 – March 20)
There’s someone in your life who really really looks up to you and would love to spend more time hanging out. Suggest an afternoon of making icebox cookies to stock the freezer — she’ll be over the moon. Your good deed will be rewarded when you’re invited to a swish dinner party with colleagues. A nicely wrapped loaf of bread makes the perfect (and easiest) hostess gift. And if the mood to celebrate suddenly strikes, go for it; buy a bottle of inexpensive bubbly, call your BFF over and eat spicy popcorn. Pecans are your key ingredient this month.