Creamy Seitan Stew with Dumplings

This Creamy Seitan Stew with Dumplings is a Winter winner and a great plant-based meal to get everyone together. Being packed full of Vegetables, homemade ‘Beef’ Seitan and homemade wholegrain dumplings, in a creamy herby gravy.

Creamy Seitan Stew with Dumplings

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As Winter is approaching, recipes like this will be in abundance in my kitchen. Who’s with me?

There is nothing better than coming home from work on a dark dismal evening and having a hearty, healthy Stew that is packed full of rich creamy flavour and plant-based goodness. This is what dreams are made of in these chilly Winter months.

Creamy Seitan Stew
Creamy Seitan Stew with Un-cooked Dumplings
Creamy Seitan Stew with Dumplings

Stew’s are very popular in my household with my Parents having 4(!) slow-cookers (that’s one each!), so I’ve had a lot of Stews over the years and more often than not, these would have been cooked in the slow-cooker. So, in the morning before work, I would chop up a load of vegetables such as onions, garlic, carrot, celery, parsnip, potato etc., make up a stock flavoured with herbs and spices and then top this off with some Vegetarian protein, all combined together in my slow-cooker and left to cook on a low setting until I came home.

This slow-cooker style of cooking is great for busy weeknight meals but I found I never truly enjoyed a slow-cooked Stew as I do a stove-cooked Stew for a few reasons:

  1. There was always too much liquid for me, whereas, I like a thick wholesome gravy
  2. I couldn’t alter the taste and flavourings as it was cooking, whereas, you can adjust and taste on the stove
  3. There might be some vegetables soft and some vegetables tender, whereas, you can add the vegetables in whilst on the stove

So, as much as a slow-cooker Stew is great for convenience, and it really is don’t get me wrong, but it doesn’t give you the control that a stove-cooked Stew does. There is far more love that can go into a Stew like this, and it is still relatively simple to make on a weeknight and it is perfect to get your family together round the table.

Creamy Seitan Stew
Creamy Seitan Stew with Dumplings

This Creamy Seitan Stew is packed full of Vegetables from my Organic Box, a homemade Seitan ‘beef’, a creamy Soya based herby gravy and then finally topped with homemade wholemeal dumplings. This is actually the first time I had made my own dumplings and I was very happy with the outcome, whereas previously I would just have had the Stew on its own but the dumplings add a little something extra and are great at soaking up the gravy.

Creamy Seitan Stew with Dumplings

This Creamy Seitan Stew is a great way to use up any leftover vegetables lingering in your fridge or to just simply add vegetables and protein to your diet in one delicious meal.

If you love recipes like this, then try some of my other Winter warmer recipes:

Vegetarian Tagine

Apricot, Chickpea and Kale Moroccan Spiced Stew

Auberinge, Chickpea and Spinach Peanut Butter Stew

Creamy Seitan Stew with Dumplings
Creamy Seitan Stew with Dumplings

I hope you enjoy this recipe and if you give it a go, leave a comment and let me know or post a picture on  instagram or  facebook and use #untaintedtastes and tag me @untaintedtastes as I’d love to see them 🙂 xo

Creamy Seitan Stew with Dumplings
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Recipe type: Vegan, Wholegrain, Main
Cuisine: Stew, British
Serves: Serves 4
  • 1 tbsp rapeseed oil
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 bell pepper, diced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • 1 tsp dried sage
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • 500ml vegetable stock
  • 2 sweet-potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 2 carrots, peeled and diced
  • bunch runner beans, sliced diagonally
  • 100ml Soya based cream
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch and 3 tbsp water combined (if necessary)
  • ¾ cup wholemeal flour
  • ¼ cup spelt flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp fine salt
  • ¾ cup non-dairy milk (I used unsweetened Soya)
  • 2 tbsp neutral oil
  • 2 cups vital wheat gluten
  • 2 tbsp chickpea flour
  • ½ cup nutritional yeast
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • ½ tbsp Worcestshire sauce
  • 1 tsp cumin powder
  • 1 cup stock/water
  1. To make the Seitan, add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix with a spoon
  2. and combine the dough with your hands to create a ball of dough. Knead the dough for 5 minutes and then let rest whilst you boil a large pan of stock (flavour with soy sauce, garlic and onion if you wish) and then half the dough and place the two halves in the pan, covered with a lid and let simmer for 45 minutes.
  3. After 45 minutes, leave it in the stock for another 15 minutes, then remove, drain and leave to cool. Once it has cooled, squeeze out as much of the liquid as possible with some paper towels/cloth and then cut into chunks.
  4. Heat a frying pan over a medium heat with a tbsp. of oil and add the chunks to the pan and cook through until they are cooked through, approx. 10 minutes. Set aside.
  5. Then make your stew, by heating the olive oil in a large pan, then add the onion and pepper and saute for 5 mintues before adding the garlic for a minute, then add the herbs, followed by the tomato paste, then add the stock and bring to a boil, then lower the heat to a simmer and add the sweet-potato and carrot and cook through for 10 minutes.
  6. Meanwhile, make your dumplings in a large mixing bowl by combining the dry ingredients and make a well in the middle and add your wet ingredients, stir to combine into a dough, then take a spoonful of the mixture and roll into balls (I made 5).
  7. Add the runner beans to the simmering stew and stir through, then add the dumpling balls
  8. and place a lid on the stew and steam/simmer for approx. 20 minutes, until the dumplings
  9. looked cooked and have 'plumped' up.
  10. Once the dumplings are cooked, set them aside for a minute on a separate plate, and stir
  11. through the cooked Seitan, and you may need to add the cornstarch if your stew is too
  12. watery. Then stir through the cream for a minute. Serve your stew in a bowl with the dumplings atop.

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  1. Would love to try your recipes, only ingredients or method won’t show, cannot get them to come up, cook a lot with gluten ,and this seitan stew particularly appealed to me,and I do get you’re mails.

    1. Oh, I’m sorry to hear you’re unable to open it up. I’m not sure why this might be as I have tested this particular recipe on my Google Chrome desktop browser and am not experiencing the issue. Perhaps try the link via my Facebook or Pinterest and see if that will work? If this doesn’t work I could mail you perhaps as it is an in-depth recipe. Good luck!

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