Sunday, August 21, 2011

GAPS-Friendly Spanish Squash

I recently stumbled across a yummy recipe on Of course I changed it up a little bit to fit our diet. We really liked it so I thought I'd share it today.

My version calls for:
2 pounds of ground beef
2-3 Tbsp. of fat (tallow or lard)
3 yellow squash, sliced
1 small yellow onion, diced
1 green pepper, diced (I also added 3 small sweet peppers from our garden this time.)
3 medium tomatoes, diced
1 Tbsp. cumin
1 tsp. chili powder
1 tsp. garlic powder
Sea salt and pepper to taste

1. In large skillet over medium heat, brown the ground beef.

2. While beef is cooking, place fat in another large skillet. When fat is melted and hot, add squash, onion, and green pepper. Saute until tender. **See note below**

3. When vegetables are tender, add them to the ground beef. Then also add tomatoes and spices to ground beef.

4. Mix together and cook for 5-10 minutes until tomatoes are soft and everything is heated through.

**This can easily be a one-pot meal. It's not really necessary to cook the vegetables separately. The first time I made this I cooked everything together in one skillet. It still tasted great. However, the squash got very "smooshy" when it cooked with the beef. By cooking the vegetables in a separate skillet, the "smooshiness" is avoided.**


This post is part of Real Food Wednesday.


  1. What is GAPS? Is it an acronym for gluten free? If so, I would like to know more, as my daughter has gone gluten free. Thanks!

    P.S. First time here, and I like your blog.

  2. Rose, I'm so glad you enjoyed my blog! Thanks for stopping by.

    GAPS stands for Gut and Psychology Syndrome. It's a lifestyle and way of eating published by Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride. She's a neurologist and a nutritionist that healed her son of autism using the diet. Of course, we use it particularly for our 6yo son that is on the autism spectrum. The diet is good for issues other than autism as well.

    You can find more information about the GAPS diet on:

    Take care,