Vegan Stewed Peas With Dumplings


1lb /0.5kg dried kidney beans

6 cups water – 1 cup = 250ml

500ml coconut milk – coconut milk is Vegan

1 onion, minced and/or 2 spring onions, chopped

2 cloves garlic, crushed or minced or diced

1 carrot, diced

1 A� – 2 tsp salt or to taste

1 sprig thyme or A� tsp dried thyme

1 whole scotch bonnet pepper (with stem intact)

A� tsp ginger (optional)

A� tsp ground all spice optional


A� cup whole wheat flour /Plain flour

A� cup water

pinch salt

METHOD for Stew Peas

Wash the beans thoroughly and soak in water overnight or for at least 8 hours. The following day you need to discard the water and thoroughly rinse the beans, place them in a saucepan with water and bring to the boil, lower the heat to a simmer until they are tender for about 1 hour or so. Add coconut milk and vegetables carrots, onion, garlic, and continue simmering. Add the dumplings (see below for method) and thyme and other seasonings, simmer for around another 30 minutes or so until the sauce is thick. Discard pepper before serving.

METHOD for Dumplings (Dumplings are key to this recipe)

Place flour and salt in a bowl. Add water and mix to make a stiff dough. Pinch off small pieces of dough and roll into the palm of hands to make long thin dumplings. Drop into simmering stew.

To lose weight and be healthy Vegans we sometimes need to cut down on the amount of calories we consume, the problem with eating less is we tend to feel even more hungry so the best way of reducing the amount of calories you eat is to choose good food. Instead of having smaller portions why don’t we bulk up our meals with foods that will fill you up without weighing you down, like fruit and vegetables and healthy nuts and pulses, these food will fill you up without piling on the pounds.

Eat as many vegetables and as much fruit as you can with every meal, your five a day mean you can fill your meals with vegetables and fruit so there’s less room for higher-calorie foods. At lunch, you can have salads with lettuce, tomato, onion, carrots, peppers or add these ingredients to a delicious sandwich. At dinner time, you can still enjoy your favourite meals like rice, vegan casseroles and pasta and fill them up with more veggies.

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By Laura