One of the ways my grandmother, and her mother before her, used to eke out a meal for a big family was by making something called seasoned pudding. This was a side to go with the main course. A working class family would not be able to afford much meat, so something like seasoned pudding would help fill up the plates.
I can remember going for meals to my grandmother’s and eating from rather small plates. That was another way to make people feel they were getting a good plateful!