So this last weekend I went to Medora, ND…for those of you who don’t know, Medora is this adorable hidden wonder in North Dakota. It is also right on the edge of Theodore Roosevelt National Park. Needless to say my vacation brain was on and all the wonderful food was fair game. This weekend I had pizza, ice cream, a nice breakfast at Theodore’s Dining Room, and a ginormous dinner at the pitchfork steak fondue before the Medora Musical. You may be noticing a trend with the names of some of these places here, that’s because Medora and the Badlands are where Theodore Roosevelt came to stay shortly after losing his mother and wife only hours apart from each other. This place is where he realized the importance of the preservation of land and it is what inspired him to create national parks while he was president.

I won’t spoil everything about this hidden wonder of a town, but it most certainly took my breath away. While driving to Medora it was nothing but grasslands and then all of a sudden….canyons everywhere! Just out of nowhere! It was truly an unexpected site. I am so glad to have had the opportunity to experience it. There is a lot of history and beauty here and I highly encourage anyone who has the opportunity to go to this little town to take it! img_9765

Now back to the food. With every little tourist town comes endless delicious food. I found a cute little taffy/chocolate shop where they were making their own taffy which is always fun to watch. There were ice cream shops, pizza shops, burger joints, and your nice sit down restaurants. However, the star of the show in this town is by-far the pitchfork steak fondue before the Medora Musical. They really do cook these steaks on pitchforks outside and they have a buffet full of fruits, veggies, baked potato, beans, garlic bread, brownies, sugar cinnamon donuts, and lemonade or water to drink. All of this food on top of a hill with an amazing view!

While I am on vacation I try my best to eat well by ordering a non-starchy veggie or a fruit cup with my meal so I can get some nutrition while I’m vacationing. However, this is not always the case and I come home craving veggies like I did after this weekend. One of my favorite dishes to make when I’m craving veggies is spaghetti made with spaghetti squash. I don’t skimp out and buy the jarred sauce…I make my own sauce so I can add more veggies and get a fresher, homemade flavor. Here is my go to recipe for my veggie craving moments!

Spaghetti with Spaghetti Squash

Ingredients:

  • 1 spaghetti squash
  • 1 lb ground turkey meat – I use 93/7 lean
  • 1/2 green bell pepper – diced
  • 1/2 onion – diced
  • 1 15 oz can tomato sauce
  • 1 6 oz  can tomato paste
  • Water – I usually fill the tomato paste can with water
  • 4 small tomatoes – diced
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 2 Tbs Italian seasoning

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Cut spaghetti squash in half and place open side down on baking sheet lined with foil. Bake for 40 minutes.
  2. While squash is cooking, brown ground meat in a skillet. Once brown add bell pepper and onion. Cook until onion is translucent.
  3. Add remaining ingredients to skillet. Heat until sauce is bubbling. Cover and let sit on low heat until spaghetti squash is ready.
  4. Once the spaghetti squash is done cooking, let cool for 10-15 minutes. Flip squash over and with a fork scrape the squash meat – it will come out looking like noodles – until all of the squash is scrapped out.
  5. Assemble spaghetti and top with cheese as desired. Enjoy!img_9809