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Easy Quick Heartwarming and Healthy Stew

Updated on September 8, 2019
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Heartwarming, easy, quick to prepare and cook, one pan stew. Perfect food for cold days and can be eaten with pancake, dumplings or beetroot

Poor Mans Stew

I was born into a poor mining family in Yorkshire, in 1960. We did not have much money but we always ate well. This stew is one of the many poor man stew's my mother used to make. Mum used to serve this one pan meal with Yorkshire pudding, dumplings or pancakes, to make the stew go further.

The stew was cooked by mother in those days, on an old Victorian range built around the coal fireplace in the kitchen.

The range was central and the heart of family life, not only for cooking, but for hot water and warmth. They were common in my village and in all the miners houses up my street. My grandmother also cooked on the range.

I do not need to cook on the range anymore, or eat poor man's stew, but I still make this stew often because it is so quick and tasty. I have even made this stew without meat for my vegetarian friends and they love it with some french bread and a glass of wine.

My own children and grandchildren have always eaten and enjoyed this stew. They still like to have the stew with dumplings, Yorkshire pudding or pancake's made from the Yorkshire pudding mix like they did it Yorkshire when I was a young lass. Add frozen dumplings or make your own for that extra filling.

This is a heartwarming stew that is perfect for those cold winter days as this stew warms us up from the inside. Easy and quick to make it is perfect for those that have not been feeling well as this stew gives energy.

It is a quick and simple stew that will feed many from one pan and it is filling

For those who have difficulty in chopping the vegetables, or those that do not have time to prepare vegetables, fresh prepared vegetables from the supermarket or frozen vegetables will work just as good.

For this stew I used the last bits of vegetables from my fridge rather than waste it. You can add other vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower, green beans or whatever you have in your fridge.

Perfect with beetroot
Perfect with beetroot

Ingredients For Stew

  • 250g mince beef
  • onion, chopped
  • carrots, chopped
  • new potatoes, chopped
  • cabbage, sliced
  • beef stock cube
  • Half tsp salt
  • tsp dried mixed herbs
  • tbs cooking oil
  • gravy granules

Raw Ingredients


  1. peel and chop the vegetables into chunks
  2. add 2 tbs of cooking oil to a large pan. Add the mince and cook on a low heat until there is no more pink meat and the mince is brown.
  3. Add crumbled meat stock cube. Continue stirring for a minute making sure it does not stick to the bottom of the pain.
  4. Add the chopped onions to the pan and continue cooking and stirring on a low heat until onions soften.
  5. Add carrots, potatoes, cabbage, enough water to cover the vegetables, seasoning. Stir. Bring to the boil.
  6. Once boiling reduce the heat until stew is simmering. Place the pan lid on and cover the stew. Allow to simmer until vegetables have softened.
  7. add gravy granules until gravy thickens to your liking. The stew is ready to eat.
Brown the beef and soften the onions
Brown the beef and soften the onions

Add Water Cover and Simmer

Cabbage will cook down
Cabbage will cook down

Add Dumplings

Dumplings can be cooked on the hob or in the oven. For oven dumplings that go golden brown transfer stew to oven proof dish. Add dumplings and place in the oven to make a crusted dumpling.

Dumplings From My Last Stew
Dumplings From My Last Stew

Yorkshire Pudding Mix For Pancakes

Try stew with pancakes like they make in Yorkshire.

Yorkshire pudding batter mix

125g plain flour

3 eggs

150ml whole or semi skimmed milk


Cooking oil to fry pancakes.

Put the flour in a mixing bowl. Sift the flour with the salt.

Crack the eggs into a separate bowl and beat together.

Gradually add the eggs to the flour to make a smooth batter. Add the milk and whisk until combined.

Make The Pancake

Heat up a frying pan with a tsp of cooking oil. When the oil is hot, pour a little of the mix into the frying pan. Move the mix around so that it spreads. Cook for one minute and then flip it over and cook the other side for one minute.

Place the pancake on a dinner plate and add the stew on top.

This pancake mix can be used for dessert so save some for afters. Sprinkle with lemon juice, orange juice, ice cream and maple syrup, or whatever you fancy. My children like chocolate spread on theirs.



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