Spicy Cabbage, Lentils & Nan, 51p per serving
Vegetable Crumble. Root veg in a tomato sauce, topped with oats, cheese and salted peanuts

Vegetable Casserole & Dumplings – This is another one of our family favourites.  Only takes about half an hour to make and is a delicious warming dish to come home to.

Vegetable Stew & Dumplings

  • 300g parsnips, cut into pieces, 45p – £1.49/kg
  • 2 onions, peeled and quartered, 10p – 98p/2kg Asda
  • Tsp garlic puree or 2 cloves garlic, sliced, 7p – 90g tube/59p
  • 350g carrots, no need to peel, cut into thick slices, 28p – 80p/kg
  • 350g potatoes, no need to peel, cut into small pieces 17p – £1.18/2.5kg
  • 150g mushrooms, cut into small pieces, 30p – £2/kg
  • 1 stock cube, any flavour you have, dissolved in 350ml water, 6.5p – 78p/12
  • 200ml cider 12p – £1.20/2 litres
  • A bay leaf if you have it
  • 1.5 tsps flour or cornflour if you have it
  • Dumplings
  • 125g self raising flour 4p – 45p/1.5kg
  • 50g oil, 7p – £1.35/1 litre
  • 50g cheddar, 25p – £4.98/kg Asda
  • 3 tblsps fine chopped parsley if you have it

Serves 4

  1. Toss the parsnips with a little oil, salt and pepper and place on a baking sheet. Roast in a hot oven for about 25 minutes until golden brown with lovely little crispy bits
  2. Meanwhile, make the casserole. Saute the onion and garlic until soft. Add the other vegetables, excluding the mushrooms and sauté for about 5 minutes. Add the mushrooms and continue cooking for a further few ninutes.
  3. While the casserole is bubbling, make the dumplings. Mix everything together with enough water to make a soft dough. Make 16 walnut sized balls from the mix.
  4. Add the stock to the vegetables with most of the cider and the bay leaf and bubble for 5 minutes, stirring now and then. Dissolve the flour in the remaining cider and stir into the casserole to thicken. Put the dumplings into the top of the casserole, immersing them most of the way in. put a lid on and bubble gently for 10 minutes or so until the dumplings are cooked.
  5. Serve with the parsnips scattered over the top
  6. If you need more calories, serve it with mashed potato. You can vary the flavours in the stew by varying the vegetables used. If you don’t have any cider available, just use the stock cube, or you could try using apple juice if you have it


  • Any mix of (mainly) root vegetables you have and like can used in this casserole – swede, turnip, celeriac, celery etc.
  • Big beans like kidney or butter beans would make a delicious addition
  • If you don’t have any cheese for the dumplings,  just leave it out , it will still taste fine
  • A big handful of fine chopped herbs would be lovely added to the dumplings, you could really ring the changes here. How about basil and coriander; rosemary; thyme; coriander and mint

Per serving, Serves 4

Calories  426,  Protein  11, Fat  18, Carbohydrate  52

Cost       46p per serving



Thrifty Lesley has an associated Facebook Group. Do come over and say hello if you haven’t already joined. I’d love to see you

FaceBook Feed Yourself for £1 a Day


I’m a perpetual dieter, and to help with that endeavour, there is now also a Thrifty Lesley dieting group, a lovely, growing community

Facebook Slimming Group



Print Friendly, PDF & Email
Spicy Cabbage, Lentils & Nan, 51p per serving
Vegetable Crumble. Root veg in a tomato sauce, topped with oats, cheese and salted peanuts