Food is one of the ingredients of life that brings people together wherever they are from, whatever their religion and culture. It is one of our main needs in life and we need it in order to survive and thrive. Besides being a necessity, a good meal can also make us feel good or impact our mood in other ways. Positively mood-altering food is called “Happy Food”, a term used to describe food that gives us a happy feeling, due to higher levels of vitamins and minerals that impact the production and release of serotonin, a neurotransmitter that makes you feel good.
How to have a great date with Happy Food?
If you are planning a date, you could consider having a dinner at home and treating your date to a self-made happy meal. The most obvious choice for a first date is an aphrodisiac meal , but if you want to make your date feel happy rather than sexy, we suggest a different menu…
Choose the right ingredients for your romantic dinner and a “happy” ending will be assured. In order to make it a happy date for you, we will give you one of our easy and tasty recipes in order to boost positive date feelings. With a candle, nice music and our proposed Italian meal, your dinner date will surely become a success!
What are the effects of this dish?
Whole grain pasta is high in folic acid and helps increase serotonin levels. Moreover, meatballs or sauce made with lean beef are great sources of protein, selenium and B6, the vitamin that facilitates serotonin production. Try serving this Italian favorite alongside vitamin-packed spinach, broccoli or a leafy green salad. All are believed to be powerful mood-enhancing foods. With the classic Italian dessert, tiramisu, in the end, your stomach, mind and date will all be happy!
Spaghetti with Vegetables and Lean Meatballs Recipe:
1 pound lean ground beef
1/2 cup soft bread crumbs
1 large egg, slightly beaten
2 tablespoons finely chopped onion
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
8 ounces uncooked penne pasta
3 cups frozen Italian vegetable mixture
1 jar prepared spaghetti sauce
2 tablespoons freshly shredded Parmesan cheese
1. Heat the oven to 190°C. Combine ground beef, bread crumbs, egg, onion, salt and pepper in a large bowl and mix lightly but thoroughly.
2. Make little balls of the meat and cook them in boiled water.
3. Meanwhile cook the pasta according to package directions. Approximately 6 minute before pasta is done, stir in vegetables. Drain; keep warm.
4. Combine the meatballs and spaghetti sauce in large saucepan. Cook, uncovered, over medium-low heat 6 to 8 minutes or until heated through; stir occasionally. Serve over pasta and vegetables and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.
We wish you a very happy and successful date!