GAPS BBQ Hamburger Stew


This is one of our favorite “go to” meals…my kids (and husband) actually ask me for this one which doesn’t happen nearly as often as I’d like…   It is better known in our house as Christy Nockels hotdish…  (She is a contemporary Christian singer who is one of my favorites!)  A few months back, we drove over three hours to attend a Night of Worship with her, and took this stew with us to eat on the road.   If you ever have the chance to see her in person…GO!  She is an angel.  Anyhow…I digress.  And Christy, if you ever read this, I hope you think it’s pretty cool that my children have named a stew/hotdish after you.  🙂

Since my three year old and I are on the GAPS Diet…eating on the road gets challenging sometimes, so we always go prepared.  I threw this together for the whole family before we left and we brought it in our Foogo Thermoses.  A side note on the Foogo’s…if you are on GAPS or any special diet, get like four or five.  You won’t regret it.  We have five, and some days, we seriously have them all in use.  I have a couple others that I’m not as happy with – my food is inevitably cold by lunch time – but my kids report things are still hot in the Foogo’s by the time they eat lunch at school.


GAPS Hamburger Stew (aka Christy Nockels hotdish)

3 lb ground beef

1-10 oz pkg of frozen beans (optional – this time I didn’t have any, but I usually do add them)

1-10 oz pkg of frozen peas

6-8 peeled and chopped carrots (you could definitely use a bag of frozen carrots, I just haven’t been that organized to have them on hand!)

1 qt homemade broth (I have used everything from duck to beef, I don’t think it matters!)

1 chopped onion

1/2 batch of homemade barbecue seasoning (see recipe below)

Homemade Barbecue Seasoning:
(I think I found this on awhile back – can’t take credit for it myself.)

1 T. salt

1 T. pepper

1 T. chili powder

2 T. paprika

1 T. cumin

1/4 tsp cayenne (you can leave it out of you don’t like “spicy” stuff)

I prefer to use homemade seasoning mixes…one of these days I’ll share my cajun and taco seasonings too.  You just never know what you’re going to find in store bought packets (like…MSG – an excitotoxin that literally stimulates brain cells to death (and since it comes in somewhere around 40 forms…good luck figuring that out easily!), sugar or HCFS, and other unmentionables that I don’t care to ingest!).  This comes together quickly, with spices that are generally on hand.  At least here.

Brown hamburger and onion until thoroughly cooked.  Add chopped carrots and broth.  Cook til carrots are nearly tender.  I then add the peas and beans – since they’re only frozen they don’t take as long.  The liquid will cook down some, which is fine.  At the end, I add the barbecue seasoning and mix in well.  Real food doesn’t get much easier than this!!!

I can only speculate on servings.  I like to make alot of food – since there are five of us – and it is extremely helpful to have enough left for lunch the next day.  I’d guesstimate that this serves 7-10 depending on serving size.


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About earthmuffinmom

I am a Christian mom and wife who is watching and waiting impatiently for the Lord's return in a world that is getting nuttier by the day. My main interests are in the areas of Biblical end times/eschatology and early Genesis/creation. To understand the must understand the beginning! My other passion is health and healing! Our family has also been greatly blessed over the past several years with healing through natural health and diet (generally Paleo/grain free). I love sharing this information with other people, and helping folks in their healing journeys. That being said...I am not a I'm not responsible for any decisions you may make in regards to your own health. Other stuff: I am married to a wonderful man who I have had the privilege of having three beautiful children with. We have been married for over sixteen years. I work full time, but have the blessing of working from my home, and I homeschool my oldest child. We enjoy homesteading...and while we live in a small, rural town...we have worked hard to develop our yard into a "little bit of country in town"...complete with our "farm dog," Buddy, and five chickens. Thanks for checking out my blog!

9 responses »

  1. This looks SO hearty!!
    Thanks for linking up at our Gluten Free Fridays party! I have tweeted and pinned your entry to our Gluten Free Fridays board on Pinterest! 🙂

    Thanks for linking back to the Gluten Free Fridays post!

    Cindy from

  2. My family is also a GAPS family. No mental health, just skin issues. Been following GAPS for about 8 mos and have noticed an improvement but it’s only been 8 mos. Anywho, this looks yummy and we’ll be having this for supper tonight. Thanks!

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