SCD Diet – Dinner – Ground Beef in A Tomato And Vegetable Sauce

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What About Dinner?

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Here’s an easy, tasty, nutritious dinner, that’s easy to make and budget-friendly. It’s based on ground beef, vegetables and sieved tomatoes (passata). To ensure that it is SCD friendly, check the jar of passata to ensure no sugar has been added. Alternatively, use a can or two of whole tomatoes instead of passata and whizz it in the blender for a few seconds.

For full information on using the SCD diet to help alleviate symptoms of IBS, ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease, etc, and to check up which foods are SCD legal, read the original book “Breaking The Vicious Cycle” by Elaine Gottschall.

Recipe – feeds 4 – 6


1/2 a carrot, cleaned and chopped finely
1/2 a red pepper chopped finely
1 onion skinned and chopped finely
3 – 5 cloves of garlic, peeled and chopped finely – optional
1 root of turmeric, chopped finely – optional
6 mushrooms, sliced thinly
1/4 zucchini sliced
butter for frying
Salt and pepper to taste
1/2 teaspoon dried mixed herbs (optional)
1 large jar of passata (check there is no added sugar) or 2 tins of whole plum tomatoes, blended
1.5 pounds ground beef


  1. Put the ground beef into a frying pan or large saucepan and fry gently, until browned and cooked, turning it over and breaking up any large pieces, so it is evenly cooked and crumbly and any moisture has boiled off.
  2. In another saucepan, melt some butter and add the carrot. Fry gently, turning well until it is softened. This releases the special flavor. Add the onion, garlic and turmeric and continue frying gently. Add salt and pepper to your taste. Add the mushrooms and zucchini and fry gently until they are cooked. Add the dried mixed herbs if using.
  3. Add the browned ground beef to the vegetable mixture. Stir well.
  4. Add the passata or blended whole canned tomatoes to the mixture and heat, stirring until the whole mixture is thoroughly heated through.
  5. Serve immediately if wished, with side vegetables, such as broccoli and brussels sprouts, for instance.
  6. I like to make it early in the day and allow it to sit until evening or even next day. This allows the flavors to blend and mellow.

Feeding The Family

If someone drops by unexpectedly and you haven’t enough to feed everyone, you can quickly fry up extra carrot, onion, mushrooms and zucchini in a pan and add to the mixture, to stretch it out. Usually, you do not need to add extra passata or blended tomatoes.

Losing Weight

Many people who stick to the Specific Carbohydrate Diet find that they lose weight, especially round the middle. The diet is very healthy and nutritious and as you cannot eat snacks such as candy, cakes, cookies, chips, etc., the weight stays off. It’s not a problem either, as this diet is one on which you seldom feel hungry, so there is no temptation to snack.


SCD Legal Meals – Lunch

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This omelette is totally SCD legal.

Recipe – serves two for a filling, satisfying lunch

Half a red pepper cut into small pieces
6 slices of zucchini
5 or 6 small mushrooms, sliced
5 eggs, beaten,
Butter to fry
salt and pepper to taste.


1. Fry the red pepper, the mushrooms and zucchini gently in the butter until cooked.
2. Add the beaten eggs with some salt and pepper.
3. Cook gently until the omelette is ready.
Serve With:
Tinned tomatoes, or salad

Other optional items

You can replace any of the items in the omelette filling with sliced fresh tomato if you choose, or leave out any items if you don’t like them or they disagree with you.

NOTE: Check the label to see that your tinned tomatoes do not contain any sugar.

Specific Carbohydrate Diet SCD Diet

Sirloin steak, pan-fried in butter, with broccoli and carrots and a side-dish of onions, red peppers, mushrooms and zucchini.

The Specific Carbohydrate Diet

The Specific Carbohydrate Diet (often abbreviated to SCD) is a diet which eliminates processed foods, grains, complex sugars and starches. This means no bread, rice, pasta, cakes, cookies, candy, etc but the diet is very nourishing and healthy and probably very like what our distant ancestors ate. Would you feel you were missing anything by eating the meal above?

SCD has been described as a way to “re-boot” your digestion by starving out the “bad” bacteria that are causing digestive problems. It can also give your overall health a great boost. Trying the SCD diet will certainly not harm you. It could probably have you feeling better than ever, even if you don’t have an inflammatory bowel disorder or intestinal damage. But anyone who has a bowel problem, such as Crohn’s disease, Ulcerative Colitis, or other inflammatory bowel disorder (IBD) may find this diet extremely helpful, in fact, tailor-made.

www.tryadietforamonth Book: breaking The Vicious CycleElaine Gottschall is the researcher who coined the name the Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD), following its success in treating her 4 year old daughter’s illness with Ulcerative Colitis. She researched it in her academic work and wrote about the principles in her book “Breaking the Vicious Cycle, Intestinal Health Through Diet”.

The main principle is following a diet that allows only specific carbohydrates needing minimal digestion. it can help reduce intestinal inflammation and make life a lot easier and enjoyable for people with inflammatory bowel disorders.

People with intestinal problems such as ulcerative colitis (UC), celiac disease, Crohn’s disease, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), may find difficulty dealing with food and food intolerances.

The diet was originally developed by Dr Sydney Haas, who found that certain carbohydrates were better tolerated by patients with celiac disease. Elaine Gottschall further developed Dr Haas’s work for patients with all types of inflammatory bowel disease. It has also been used effectively with children suffering with autism, who are often found to have bowel problems.

The theory behind SCD is that complex carbohydrates are not fully digested by certain people and the remains of these are fed on by harmful bacteria in the gut, producing gas and damage. These bacteria can also produce toxins which add to the sufferer’s problems.

If is thought that if complex carbohydrates (this includes sugar) are avoided, these “bad” bacteria are starved and die. Only simple carbohydrates are allowed. Honey is a simple carbohydrate and this is allowed on the SCD diet.

Symptoms of inflammatory bowel disorders are often painful and include ulcers, diarrhea, bleeding, and anemia.

Elimination diets, like SCD are being found to help many with IBD and other inflammatory or autoimmune disorders.