Ground Beef and Baba Ganoush Breakfast Bowl

Could someone PLEASE tell me what the proper spelling is for the name of this dish?

Is it Ganoush?

Ghanoush? Gannoush?

Ghanouj? Ganouj?

Or is it Gannouj?

Or maybe Ghannouj?

I’ve never seen a single word take so many different spellings.

A quick search on the Internet will yield just about as many different spellings as it will recipes.

Ground Beef and Baba Ghanouj Breakfast Bowl | by Sonia! The Healthy Foodie

But, no matter which way you decide to spell it, I have yet to find a version that isn’t pictured as a bowl of creamy, smokey aubergine goodness.

Even if you’re not a big fan of eggplant, you simply cannot not go ga-ga for Baba Ghanouj (or Ganouj, or Ghanoush, or Ganoush…)

It has such a luscious, rich an creamy texture to it, almost like a fine tapioca pudding. And what to say of the flavor! Oh my… that flavor! I don’t know exactly what happens when roasted aubergines, tahini paste and lemon juice get together in the same bowl, but what I do know is that it’s a beautiful thing.

It’s like some sort of a magical chemical reaction is taking place and a tasty, smokey flavor suddenly emerges to life, as if out of nowhere.

Ground Beef and Baba Ganouj Breakfast Bowl | by Sonia! The Healthy Foodie

There was a time when I would only indulge in this delicacy when eating at traditional Lebanese restaurants, for I thought it was extremely complicated to make at home.

I couldn’t have been farther from the truth!

Making Baba Gan… Ghann… Ghanouj at home couldn’t be easier.

You simply need to cut a few aubergines in half, drizzle them with olive oil, sprinkle with salt and pepper and roast them in the oven for a whee while. Then you let them cool, scoop out their flesh and throw it in a food processor along with a few other ingredients.

Easy as pie, I tell you.

I even have a proper recipe for you

Ground Beef and Baba Ganoush Breakfast Bowl | by Sonia! The Healthy Foodie

Back in the days, as in my non-paleo days, I used to always eat this creamy appetizer with torn up pieces of pita bread.

Then I moved on to crudités…

But this… this!

Sitting atop ground beef and sauteed collards like that, flanked with a handful of fresh tomatoes, it quickly transforms into a breakfast fit for a king.

It’s now my favorite way of enjoying it…

Until I come up with something else, that is.

Ground Beef and Baba Ganouj Breakfast Bowl | by Sonia! The Healthy Foodie

Do you think it would work with caramelized plantains and salted caramel sauce?

OK, maybe not…

But it’s so good, it could almost be dessert…

Although I think I’ll stick with breakfast for now!

Oh, and if you can’t really do meat for breakfast still, feel free to do this one for lunch or dinner.

BUT! If you’re wanting to introduce meat to your breakfast table, though, I think that this one would be a very good place to start!

A very good place indeed… 

Ground Beef and Baba Ganoush Breakfast Bowl

Yield: Serves 1

NF does not include garnish

Ground Beef and Baba Ganoush Breakfast Bowl


  • 150g leftover cooked ground beef
  • 100g collard leaves, chopped
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tsp za’atar
  • 1 ripe tomato, diced
  • 3/4 cup Baba Ghanouj
  • Fresh parsley and evoo to garnish


  1. Heat a skillet over medium-high heat. Melt a little bit of cooking fat (lard or ghee preferred) and add the chopped collards. Cook for one or two minutes, until they become wilted and dark, dark green, then stir in the cooked ground beef, salt, pepper and za’atar and continue cooking for about one minute, until the ground beef is heated through.
  2. Transfer the meat mixture to a bowl and top with the chopped tomatoes and baba ghanouj.
  3. Garnish with fresh parsley and drizzle generously with extra-virgin olive oil.
  4. Dig right in, and enjoy!


*You can also use uncooked ground beef, just make sure you cook it all the way through first and THEN add the collard leaves.

Ground Beef and Baba Ganouj Breakfast Bowl | by Sonia! The Healthy Foodie

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  1. says

    This sounds incredibly good!
    When I make Baba Ganoush I usually roast my eggplants whole, then cut them up and scoop out the flesh once they are all soft and squishy.

  2. Matt says

    Hi Sonia, I *think* the correct spelling is “baba ghanouj”. When we (Westerners) say “ghanouj”, we phonetically pronounce it “ganoosh”…Looks delicious, can’t wait! (I’ll add a dash of hot pepper flakes!)

  3. says

    Ha! Just last night (as I sat down to eat an entire roasted eggplant on my own), I was thinking about how great a big pile of “Baba G” would be on top of a beef burger (especially as I’ve been known to top burgers with tahini paste). This plan sounds even better! Thank you for reading my mind!
    -Emily K

  4. Susan says

    This bowl sounds delicious. Not sure I’m ready for it for breakfast, but lunch or dinner? You bet!

    I think Matt is correct about the spelling. But we have to remember that the name is probably transliterated from Arabic, and the characters they write with look nothing like ours. So it’s really anybody’s guess what the correct spelling is.

  5. says

    I spell it as “Ganoosh”. lol!! Maybe different regions spell it differently? I’m a fan of it no matter what it’s called :) I like your version using eggplants to make it really creamy! And topping beef makes me want to eat that for breakfast, lunch and dinner!

    • says

      Huh? Not sure I follow you, Jen… what do you mean my version using eggplant? Can you make Baba Ghanouj without using eggplants? I’m confused!!!

      One thing I am not confused about, though, is that it does work really well with ground beef. REALLY, really well! And I’m right with you: breakfast, lunch AND dinner sounds good! :)

      • Karen says

        I wonder if she meant hummas–I have often read sites that compare baba ganoosh to hummus only made with eggplant because both have tahini and other similar ingredients.

        I love the look of your breakfast bowls! I think I am going to have to start making them as a change up to my same ol’ same ol’!

  6. says

    hi sonia,
    it looks so yummy…
    have a good appetite.

    we say the name of this meal in Turkish; “Baba Gannuş” … in English you can say “Baba Gannoush”…
    while pronunciating the consonant “n”, it should be said two times… so while writing this word, according to grammar rules there must be two “n” consonants.

    greetings from Turkey.

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