The Power Of The Pre-Prep – Spaghetti Squash, Bacon and Vegetables

After switching my diet slowly over the years from “crap fest” to “whole food,” I have found a few firm tenets that cross all healthy eating plans. So whether you are paleo or vegan, “Pre-prep” is king.

Having ready meals on hand to throw together in a pinch is paramount. The “grab and go” that many of us do when in a hurry usually leads to more calories, processed ingredients, and regret.

But, pre-prepping seems like an intimidating undertaking to many. It doesn’t have to be. Over the next several months, I am going to profile some simple pre-prep ideas that will blow away the preconceived notion that prepping food, to have on hand, takes hours and hours.

Todays Pre-Prep idea is so simple I am not even going to put it into recipe form!


This recipe is one of my most favorite, delicious and filling meals. Once prepped takes about three to five minutes to throw together.


1) BACON: Place bacon strips on a cookie sheet and put in a COLD oven. Turn the oven to 400 degrees and cook until bacon is quite crisp, about 20-21 minutes. Drain on paper towel and then put in Tupperware and refrigerate.

2) SPAGHETTI SQUASH: Cut squash lengthwise and remove seeds. Baste the insides in a little olive oil salt and pepper. Put squash face-side down on a foiled cookie sheet and cook for 30-40 minutes at 375 degrees. (Do this right after the bacon is finished). When done, you should be able to fork the meat of the squash easily. Let cool on the stove top. Once cool, gently fork out all the “spaghetti” and put in a Tupperware container. Refrigerate.

3) VEGGIES: chop finely (this food chopper  is the bomb) your choice of carrot, green onion, peppers, zucchini, and mushrooms. Put in Tupperware and refrigerate. I do this while the squash is cooking.

Total time approx.: 75 minutes. Yields easily 4-6 meals. (Keeps up to a week)

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Take a wok or large frying pan. Put one teaspoon of coconut or almond oil in the bottom and heat on medium. Add a small portion of your veggies and some crumbled bacon. Sauté until warm and then add a portion of the spaghetti squash. Continue to sauté until warm through. I add salt, pepper, rosemary, oregano or whatever spices I might have on hand. It is delicious with some fresh chopped tomatoes sprinkled over the top or a fried egg!

Total time: 5 Minutes.

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I hope you enjoy. What are you go-to pre-prep ideas? Please share in the comments section below.

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28 Responses

  1. Wow, I was surprised at how good this looked. I think it was the bacon that did me in. I am definitely going to try this this week as well as check out the rest of your website.

    1. Thanks, LeeAnn. I definitely hope to do more of these to make the whole pre=prep idea more manageable. Thank you so much for your comment. xo

    1. GiGi, I love that you took a moment to comment on my blog. I met you at Fitbloggin and loved you attitude, style, poise, and “zutspa”. You are a treasure. I love bacon too!

    1. I cannot live without mine. I stopped putting it in the dishwasher because I was always going into a dirty dishwasher to get it! THanks for commenting Becky.

  2. This looks amazingly yummy…I will definitely being making this soon. I usually cook my spaghetti squash in a crockpot, but your way is a lot quicker.

  3. yes yes yes! I love it! “pre-prep is king” amen! I make a white cheese and chicken lasagna that has A LOT of prep and is a super stressful meal if you don’t pre-prep. I learned that lesson the hard way! Thank you for sharing!

    1. OMG! I love spiralized zucchini! How do you prepare yours? I just saute with olive oil and salt and pepper and a bunch of veggies. yum!

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