Resist the urge to stir too much! Dumplings require very little mixing when the milk is added to the dry ingredients. If the dough is overmixed, the dumplings can become heavy and tough, so mix just until the dry ingredients are moistened.
For a great go-along with this meatless meal, add sunflower nuts and matchstick-cut carrots to your favorite salad greens and toss with ranch dressing.
For the final touch, pass around bowls of extra shredded Cheddar cheese to serve with this yummy stew.