my top five recipes for fruity american pancakes.


Other than the trendy avocado and poached eggs on toast pairing, you can't beat a stack of freshly flipped pancakes for a lazy breakfast or weekend brunch. In particular, I've mastered a basic 5 ingredient American pancake recipe which makes the perfect fluffy base for a whole host of toppings. What's more, I've found using non-stick hot plate and a tiny spritz of sunflower spray gets great results that are all warm at once. You can also get lots of frozen fruit, or of course freeze the fresh leftovers to use at a later date!

So, why wait until February to enjoy your favourite combination? As part of this month's collaboration with Central England Cooperative, here are a few healthy pancake recipes with delicious combinations that go towards your five a day.


vegan tacos with homemade mushroom & bean mince.


A delicious homemade veggie mince recipe that is both vegetarian and vegan! In this case, I've added some subtle spice to create a chilli style mince, perfect for tasty tacos. But the results are so versatile! The recipe is also perfect for dairy free diners who also may avoid soya or eggs in the supermarket bought varieties.

Using my trusty new Veggie Bullet, I was so pleased that shredding up healthy mushrooms and borlotti beans was such an easy way to create a mince-like base for so many meals. With around 20 calories in 200g of mushrooms too, the cheap ingredient means you can create a really low fat, low price meat substitute which is packed with nutrients too. Will you be giving it a try for #MeatfreeMonday?





gro: lunchtime inspiration from the new coop plant based range.


Gro cooperative lunch range

Whether you're taking part in Veganuary, looking to switch to plant based plates one day a week or are follow a egg or dairy-free diet, you'll be pleased to know that your local Coop might be worth stopping by. I've been trying out their new GRO plant based range, which has a range of delicious dinner ideas, snacks and desserts at your convenience. In this post I'm trying out a few of their lunch options, which are great for on the go.


homemade vegan sausage rolls.

Vegan Sausage Rolls

Bringing together delicious flaky pastry and comforting filling, there's something very welcoming about a homemade sausage roll straight from the oven. Whether you're already vegan or plant based, taking part in Veganuary, trying to cut down your meat consumption or are just curious, you may have tried out a vegan sausage roll this January. Looking for a similar recipe? Here's how to make homemade vegan sausage rolls with just three simple, ready-to-go ingredients.

I love vegetarian sausage rolls anyway and often use the likes of Linda McCartney, Quorn and Good Life in my cooking. For these, I used Fry's vegan sausages as they were most like the kind you get in a classic sausage roll, though Quorn are similar too I could only find vegetarian. You'll find lots of pre-made puff pastry sheets are dairy free too; so you can use Jus Rol as well as many supermarket own offerings for all your pastry needs. They also worked out at around £3 for 6 vegan sausage rolls, with the added convenience that the main two ingredients are from the freezer aisle.

So how did I make these mouthwatering homemade vegan sausage rolls? Scroll on for the super easy recipe...

Vegan Sausage Roll Recipe
Homemade Vegan Sausage Roll Recipe


chao chao, west bridgford, nottingham.


Found along the Melton Road in Nottingham's sought-after West Bridgford area, Chao Chao boasts an array of Southeast Asian dishes, now available to enjoy in their new restaurant. Previously a popular Oriental inspired takeaway. their self-proclaimed urban kitchen brings to life flavours from Thailand, Japan, Korea and Malaysia with the freshest possible ingredients.



homemade turkey burgers with avocado and houmous.


Just like 2019, 2018 and, come to think of it, most years before that, I'll be eating many burgers in 2020. Whether they're stacked to the ceiling, an interesting veggie option or a classic cheeseburger, I'm always game when it comes to a good quality patty, layered up fillings and a bouncy burger bun. If you're hoping to eat more vegetables, try out healthier meats, cut back on sugary sauces or perhaps get more grains in your day, I've created a burger recipe to give you a bit of inspiration. So next time you're making a burger a home, perhaps you could give these ideas a try. This is part of my healthy swaps collaboration with Central England Cooperative, where you can find lots more recipes here.


avocado pesto, sweetcorn, pepper and roast tomato risotto.

Avocado risotto recipe

With an avocado and basil pesto stirred through and scattered on top, this deliciously colourful risotto is packed with roast tomatoes and peppers and jewelled with toasted sweetcorn. If you're looking for vegan recipes or are taking part in veganuary, you might be pleased to know it's a totally plant based recipe too. Whether you're looking to introduce more veggies into your diet, try out something new or get involved with meat free Monday, there are lots of ways to get more plant based ingredients into your day-to-day at your local Co-op. 

I'm collaborating with Central England Cooperative throughout January on their healthier, plant-based and low alcohol ranges - and I can't wait to share with you what I find, and what I think. But for now, read on for this tasty vegetarian avocado pesto, sweetcorn, pepper and roast tomato risotto recipe. All of which can be found at your local store - even the ripe avocado, tomato medley and fresh herbs.

Vegan risotto recipe