This time of year makes everyone, young and old, re-evaluate their lives, what’s working and what they want to change. It is definitely not a surprise when someone says that they are eating healthier and working out more frequently in the New Year. In fact, we share these resolutions with what seems to be the vast majority of people. 
To start the year off right this past weekend, we walked down to our local Farmer’s Market and carefully selected the right ingredients for an all organic meal. With our arms full and only having spent $15 for all our findings, we headed home to start cooking. We decided to make an entire meal consisting of vegetables …
… except for this delicious sheep’s milk cheese that we bought to top our dish.
At least once a week we make it a point to cook dinner together. This is a way for us to spend time with each other while creating new meals to keep us (and Lauren’s husband) happy. While we feel like it is easy to continue perfecting our favorite recipes (like this or this), we love to try new things. In fact, one of our favorite things to do is to come up with a meal on the fly based on ingredients we have lying around the refrigerator (or the local Farmer’s Market). For this particular meal, we decided to make spaghetti squash primavera using a recipe we found on Pinterest as the base and then making a few changes of our own. Follow these easy steps to make your own healthy meal for the New Year:  
1. Preheat oven to 375.
2. Line a baking sheet with foil. Cut spaghetti squash in half lengthwise and scoop out the seeds. Brush the inside with extra virgin olive oil, place face down on baking sheet, and bake for 45 – 50 minutes (will be soft enough to pierce through with a fork).
3. Scrape out “spaghetti” with a fork. If you have never cooked spaghetti squash before you will be surprised by how much it actually resembles (and tastes) like very delicate pasta.
4. You can choose to add a protein to this dish such as chicken or shrimp. We kept it vegetarian this time adding in additional vegetables for variety. In a large pot, we sauteed 2 cloves of garlic, chopped yellow onion, zucchini, and spinach in olive oil. Then we added the rest of the veggies: grape tomatoes sliced in half, sun-dried tomatoes, and the spaghetti squash.
5. Season with salt, pepper, and ground garlic or garlic salt to taste and heat on low.
6. Top with fresh basil and parmesan cheese (or delicious shredded sheep’s milk cheese from your local farmer’s market) and enjoy!
We have already expressed our business resolutions on this blog in the past week, but wanted to share some of our personal goals as well. This is a great start to our New Year getting the chance to take a walk down to the Farmer’s Market (exercising more frequently), eating a very healthy meal, and cooking Side by Side. All things we plan to do a little more of in 2014. Wishing you the best with your own personal goals this year as well.