Petrea's Pumpkin Pie - Quest for Life
Petrea's Pumpkin Pie

Petrea's Pumpkin Pie

A favourite at the Quest for Life Centre and loved by adults and children alike. It's so easy to make and full of great nutrition. Pumpkin is an excellent source of potassium and folate and this recipe is naturally sweet and filling.

Petrea’s Pumpkin Pie is a delicious ( savoury) recipe which Petrea's children love to eat – and, now they have children of their own, they also love Granny’s Pumpkin Pie! No family celebration would feel right without this dish as it’s one of everyone’s favourite recipes! You can add other vegetables, like zucchinis or cauliflower florets, to the dish if you want. Delicious hot or cold, it also freezes very well.

Last century we believed that health was dictated by our genetic predispositions. Now because of epigenetics, which means ‘above genetics’, we know our choices about what we eat and drink, our levels of sleep and exercise, our exposure to toxins in the environment and the chemistry of our emotions are modifying, suppressing or expressing our genetic predisposition.

Regardless of whether you have an illness or are dealing with a challenge in your life, your nutrition is vitally important to your health. If you are living with an illness or a stressful challenge in your life then your nutrition becomes even more important. It's essential you nourish your brain, body and nervous system when under stress as all nutrients are in higher demand at those times.

The Quest for Life Centre is renowned for the delicious and healthy fresh food we serve to participants attending our programs. Participants are so well nourished and nurtured on our programs and leave with a toolkit of strategies and practical skills for living well in the midst of whatever challenges are in their lives. It’s inspiring to see people leave our programs full of life and possibilities. 

We hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we do! 


Serves 6–8. Other vegetables can be added to the basic recipe for variety.

  • 1 kilo pumpkin, cooked and mashed
  • 1 tablespoon sesame or extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 2 leeks, sliced or two large onions, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, diced
  • 8 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 500gm low-fat cottage cheese
  • 1/4 cup honey (optional)
  • 2 teaspoons nutmeg
  • 2 heaped tablespoons dried mixed herbs
  • 1 cup finely chopped fresh mixed herbs
  • sea salt and black pepper


  1. Preheat the oven to 220˚C. Heat the oil in a frying pan and add the leek or onions and garlic. (A cup of sliced zucchinis, diced broccoli or cauliflower heads or other vegetables can also be added.) Saute until soft.
  2. Combine the mashed pumpkin with the remaining ingredients. Pour into an ovenproof dish and bake for 30 minutes covered with foil, then 30 minutes uncovered or until firm and golden.


This and many other recipes for the meals we serve on our programs are from our cookbook, Food for Life. This collection of 100 delicious recipes nourishes the spirit as well as the body.

The Quest for Life Centre in Bundanoon provides residential programs for people living with life’s greatest challenges including grief, loss, post-trauma stress symptoms, depression, anxiety, cancer, chronic pain and other health challenges. Participants travel from all over Australia and beyond to attend our life-changing programs, which are based on the latest research and understanding of neuroplasticity – how we can change our brains by consciously choosing our response to life – and epigenetics – how the environment around every cell affects our genetic predispositions.


Discover more about our well-being programs.