Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Easy Meal - Beef with Tomatoes {Recipe - GAPS/Paleo}

I am posting this mainly for my sister who keeps asking me for it.  :-)  I have also been thinking a lot lately about easy meals - simple prep work, easy cooking, not a lot of time, and good outcome.  So, I thought I'd go ahead and share this to hopefully help if someone needs any ideas for super easy meals that are GAPS friendly.

This really isn't anything special, so I almost feel a little odd labeling it as a recipe, but oh well!  It's a great base that you could add different herbs or spices to - Italian or Mexican would be so easy.

Oh, and sorry about the super boring and lame cell phone pictures of our leftovers.  I didn't take a picture before we almost ate all of it.  So this is what I have :-).  I just roasted some butternut squash as our side.  Simple but satisfying meal that our little boys ate up, too!  This is also an easy way to get more healing and nourishing animal fats into your diet - just use a generous amount of fat to cook your onion and meat in!

Beef with Tomatoes {Recipe - GAPS/Paleo}
GAPS note: early stages, you could use some chicken or beef broth to cook your onion and meat in if needed, and at any stage, you could easily add a cup or so of broth and let it simmer to reduce it down to get more broth in your diet. 

  • 2-4 Tbsp of fat - butter, ghee, coconut oil, tallow, or lard (I used lard this time)
  • 1 small or 1/2 large yellow onion, chopped
  • 1/2 - 1 tsp garlic powder, or 2-4 cloves of garlic, minced or pressed
  • Salt, 1 tsp+ to taste
  • 1 lb ground beef (grass fed)
  • 1 carton of Pomi diced tomatoes or 1 can of diced tomatoes
  • optional: 1 cup of broth (beef or chicken)
  • Melt fat of choice in a large skillet, and then saute onion and garlic/garlic powder until onions are soft and translucent.
  • Add ground beef and salt and cook, breaking up the meat until browned.
  • Add tomatoes (you can drain the juice if you prefer), mix, and allow to simmer 10-15 minutes.
  • If you are adding broth, add at the same time as tomatoes (unless you use the broth at the beginning to cook the onion and meat in if you are in the early stages of GAPS intro) and simmer until the liquid is reduced to your liking.  
  •  Salt to taste, if needed.  Enjoy! 
 Serving Ideas: 
  • top with sour cream or yogurt
  • top with raw cheddar cheese
  • use in lettuce as filling for lettuce wraps
  • add Italian herbs
  • add taco seasoning 
  • use as a casserole base (on top of sliced zucchini or butternut squash and topped with cheese)
  • easily double or triple the recipe and make several different meals out of it!  Freeze portions to pull out for easy meals or to add to a soup!  


  1. Hello - I see you are not posting on this blog anymore but I just wanted to say 'thank you' for what you have posted. We are planning to start the GAPS intro diet soon and you have given me a few soup ideas. Thank you!

  2. Hi Erin! I found your blog recently when I did a search for "GAPS egg custard". I LOVE your blog! I realize you aren't adding posts anymore...but I'm so thankful that you have left it up. I am still going through every post...and I intend to pin practically everything you posted and linked to! And thank you for letting your light shine on the internet! In Him, Joli (mama to five kiddos, all 7 of us have been doing GAPS for 4 months now)


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