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Simple Tofu Scramble
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I’ve said before that brunch is my favourite meal of the day. Brunch out with mimosas & friends, brunch to share with morning-after-the-night-before gossip, lazy brunch in my pyjamas with coffee and a book. Brunch is the best. However. A really good plant-based and gluten-free brunch can be kinda hard to find. Even if you do track one down, vegan & gluten-free food is often also super healthy food. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good smoothie or a bowl of granola with almond yoghurt but after one too many (gluten-free) pints, mega healthy is probably not at the top

Why go running
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I just signed up for a 10k (the AgeUK Leeds Abbey Dash, if anyone wants to join me) and I am not ready for it. Running makes me feel good, but that doesn’t change the fact that my running style is more Pheobe-from-friends than Mo Farrah. When I run, I’m slow and uncoordinated. But I guess, as long as I am running, I’m doing okay. But theres the kicker – as long as I am running. And I’m not always. I have a tendency to give it my all for a few months, miss a run, then miss another one,

Orange, Tomato & Sunflower Seed Salad
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This orange, tomato & sunflower seed salad was inspired by a recent conversation with one of my oldest friends. I think we were both lamenting a recent lack of fresh fruits & vegetables in our lives. Has the recent hot weather had anyone else living on a diet of pub snacks, barbecue food and ice lollies? Anyway, she gave me divine inspiration to make something fresh and colourful and tasty and summery. This dish is gorgeous. Like I mean yeah, it tastes delish (that goes without saying for any recipe I post on here). But the bright, jewel-toned colours make

Easy meal-planning method
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Living gluten-free and plant-based can be tricky at the best of times, and my number one tip for managing it is to plan, plan, plan (I have a whole post of other tips for going vegan when you’re gluten-free (or vice versa) here). When I’m on top of everything, I like to keep things organised by planning and preparing my meals and food every week. I’ve got my weekly gluten-free & vegan meal planning down to a fine art now. I use a plan/shop/prep method: Plan what you’re going to eat for each meal Write a list & shop for

My go-to smoothie recipes
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I started having smoothies for breakfast on-and-off a few years ago, and its a habit I’ve adopted into my weekday routine. Before I started having breakfast smoothies, I worried they wouldn’t fill me up, but you’d be surprised. I make my smoothie before I leave for the office (on days when I’m not working from home) and drink it at about 9, once I’m settled in for the day. A mid-morning snack (usually a piece of fruit) is enough to keep me full until lunchtime. And how else could I have (usually) 2-3 portions of my five a day before

Vegan frappe iced coffee smoothie
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This vegan frappe is really my ‘treat’ smoothie. It’s definitely not breakfast – more like an iced coffee (though the addition of oats does make it very filling). Coffee & chocolate are a perfect match for oats, and it even manages to include a portion of fruit. You can get more breakfast smoothies here, like this classic tropical green smoothie or this pink smoothie with berries & almonds. This vegan frappe recipe is perfection on a hot day – drinking blended, creamy iced coffee reminds me of long, hot summer days on the beach. The first holiday I took with

Recipe for pink smoothie
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I’m definitely an advocate of smoothies for breakfast (when the weather is warm enough to leave my porridge behind). A pink smoothie like this one though, makes a great snack, too. I often work on my blog and freelancing in the evening, after I get home from work, and a smoothie at 5:30 when I get in sets me up for a few more productive hours before a late dinner If its the ‘green’ that puts you off smoothies, berry varieties are the way to go. This one is such a bright, jewelled pink, it looks more like a dessert

simple recipe for green smoothie
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I often have smoothies for breakfast (especially in the warmer months). I know a green smoothie isn’t real breakfast (in the way that a bowl of hot porridge or a couple of rounds of buttered toast are). But sometimes I’m in a rush and I just want to kneck a few of my five-a-day and get on with my morning. It literally takes me about 3 minutes to get breakfast sorted when I start the day with a smoothie. This (or some variation on it) is my ‘standard’ day-to-day smoothie. I’ll usually take a green smoothie into the office with

Tips for going vegan when you're gluten-free
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I’m hardly a model vegan. I’m still on my journey to a completely plant-based diet and lifestyle, but I think, as long as we’re trying and doing our best and moving towards veganism, we should all be applauded. As a lifelong vegetarian, you’d think I’d find it easy to be vegan. You’d be wrong. It is hard, guys. But it is so worth it. For the health benefits ((affiliate link) read The China Study) For the environmental benefits ((affiliate link) read Food Revolution) And even without being an animal-lover, I know that I don’t want any animals suffering because of my