Lentil and Giant Couscous Stew with Fat Free Stuffing Dumplings


This recipe was inspired by Annie at An Unrefined Vegan’s November Virtual Vegan Potluck Stoup dish. I made a version with a hint of spice, chunks of broccoli and  addictive sage and onion stuffing dumplings made with just three ingredients and zero fat.


This is a stew like no other, with so many wonderful textures and complimentary flavours, every mouthful is exciting and will leave you truly satisfied. The best part is that this makes a large pot which will make at least 10 portions so you can keep this in the fridge and healthily feast on it for days.


Don’t be put off by the long lost of ingredients, it really is as simple as chopping some carrots and onion and putting everything into a pot!


Ingredients: Serves 10

For the stew:

  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 4 carrots, sliced into rounds
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 1 tsp dried sage
  • 1/2 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 tbsp tomato puree
  • 1 tbsp harissa paste
  • 1 400g (15 oz) can chopped tomatoes
  • 1 cup/250 ml dried red lentils
  • 6 cups/1.5 litres vegetable stock
  • 2 cups/500 ml water
  • 4 vegan sausages, cooked and chopped into chunks
  • 2 small heads (about 600g) of broccoli (or 1 large one), in florets
  • 300g (10 oz) frozen spinach
  • 1/2 cup/125ml (about 75g) wholewheat giant/Israeli couscous
  • Sea salt and freshly cracked black pepper to taste

For the dumplings:

  • 1 cup prepared stuffing (make up a vegan friendly sage and onion (or other flavour of choice) package according to directions and leave to cool. All brands vary but for one cup I used half an 85g pack)
  • 1/2 cup/125ml (about 85g) fine cornmeal
  • 1 tsp baking powder


  1. If you haven’t done so already, cook the sausages and set aside.
  2. In a large pot over a medium heat, sauté the onions and carrot in the soy sauce for about 5 minutes.  Stir in the garlic, thyme, sage, coriander, tomato puree and harissa paste and stir for a minute until fragrant.
  3. Pour in the tomatoes, lentils, stock and water. Bring the pot to a boil, then turn down the heat to a simmer and cook, covered for about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  4. Meanwhile, mix together the stuffing and cornmeal into a slighly sticky but firm dough. Don’t add the baking powder just yet.
  5. After the 20 minutes of simmering, stir the sausage chunks, spinach, broccoli and couscous into the stew. Quickly work the baking powder into the dumpling dough then roll into walnut sized balls and place on top of the stew in the pot. Place the lid on the pot and leave to simmer for a further 20 minutes until the dumplings are risen and firm.

Calorie Count :: New Recipe

Nutritional Benefits

Very high in dietary fiber
High in manganese
Very high in vitamin A
Very high in vitamin B6
Very high in vitamin C

Adapted from An Unrefined Vegan

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45 Responses to Lentil and Giant Couscous Stew with Fat Free Stuffing Dumplings

  1. OH my gosh – those dumplings!! I could eat a plate of those all by themselves!

  2. MamaD1xx4xy says:

    Looks delish! We just had lentil stew last night!

  3. Melisa R says:

    Stews are my favorite food. They’re perfection! They have potatoes, veggies, and are covered in a thick delicious broth. What is there not to absolutely adore about stews?

  4. This looks incredibly delicious!

  5. ahealthybean says:

    This looks absolutely delicious! Can’t wait to try and recreate it 🙂

  6. Love a stew 😀and I bought giant couscous last week! It’s a win:win!!!

  7. dapperdolly says:

    Lovely recipe! We use a massive 6.5-7l pot for cooking too, lasts ages.

  8. I gotta make this. Looks delicious! Might skip the vegan sausages though if I can’t find them.

  9. I want to take that slice of bread, and sop up every last morsel on that plate. Beautiful. ❤

  10. I grew up in a region with lots and lots of lentils. My mom always sends me packages of dried lentils and I never know what to make with them! I’ll be trying this for sure. Thanks for sharing!

  11. Hi there 🙂 Thanks very much for your like on my blog:) Hope you’ll get back soon. Happy Friday

  12. Yum! This dish has everything I am looking for Couscous, lentils, dumplings and vegan sausage. My mouth is absolutely watering. I am adding this dish to my to do list.

  13. selmazebra says:

    Looks and sound delicious.

  14. This looks like the ultimate comfort food Poppy!! Celeste 🙂

  15. Deena Kakaya says:

    That looks utterly comforting and scrummy x

  16. genndelille says:

    Oh wow! That looks amazing! Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  17. This settles it. I was thinking of making lentils tonight in a tomatoey mix, and now I definitely will. This looks great.

  18. Crystal vegan says:

    Seems yummy ! & thanks for your like on my post !

  19. Kristy says:

    Thank you for visiting and liking my post! Your recipe looks delicious! The next time I am in the mood for stew I will definitely try this out 🙂

  20. Corina says:

    This looks really tasty.

  21. Mmm this looks so comforting and delicious. Thanks for sharing!

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