Beef and Pumpkin Bake

Beef and pumpkin bake with

Here’s a tasty but simple GAPS-friendly recipe for a main meal.  If you’ve been doing the GAPS Diet for any length of time, I’m sure you’re familiar with that feeling of wondering what other ways you can possibly cook the same ingredients. 🙂  Hopefully this is another recipe you can add to your growing recipe file.

I can’t give you exact quantities because I never measure when I do this kind of cooking, but you should find it easy enough to adapt to suit your tastes.  I’ve given some approximates.


Ground beef – 500g (aka ‘beef mince’ to us southern hemisphere folks)
2 Tablespoons butter (for sauteing)
1 medium butternut pumpkin/squash (or you could use a different variety)
1 medium-sized onion
1 or 2 cloves crushed garlic
A large handful of spinach
Half a capsicum (finely chopped) and/or organic sweet paprika
Grated cheese


1)  Gently cook some finely chopped onions in a little butter.  Add in capsicum.

2)  Add garlic when the onions are almost done.  (Add in about 1/2 teaspoon of paprika at this stage if you have it)

3)  Add in beef and cook until just brown.  When finished, put into oven dish.

4)  While beef is browning, gently simmer diced pumpkin in water.  Add to oven dish.

5)  Wilt finely chopped spinach in the empty pan for about a minute.  Add to oven dish.

6)  Combine all ingredients evenly in oven dish, add salt and pepper to taste, and sprinkle with cheese on top.  Bake in a medium oven until the cheese melts.

If you find the combined ingredients are a little dry (they should be fine though), you could add a little beef broth or water from cooking the pumpkin before putting the cheese on top.

And there you go!  Just that simple. 🙂

{GAPS Diet notes:  cheese is not tolerated by some in the early stages of the Diet, but hard mature cheese is usually well tolerated after a person has been doing the Diet for some time.  You will need to work out as to whether you are ready or not!}

4 thoughts on “Beef and Pumpkin Bake

  1. leahfunk

    Great recipe … i look forward to trying this. Hey thanks for visiting me on Honey and Lemons . I was on Gaps for over a year … got off… and now do mostly full gaps… and at times i do add quinoa or rice sokaed first. Oats also i have been trying , but my body still has healing to do. I like what i have read on your bog! Will keep reading.

    Leah Funk

    1. homemakingwithheart

      Thanks for visiting Leah. Even after a couple of months I’m still trying to find my rhythm to this Diet. I miss sour dough bread the most, and the ease of being able to throw together something at the last minute!


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