The delicious, but a tad naughty, ‘Sausage Risotto’

This recipe is a hangover from the WeightWatchers days of yore. It started life as a vegetable risotto in the WeightWatchers ‘Book of Recipes’ (which is really awesome and has loads of delicious recipes regardless of it being WeightWatchers branded), but of course I pimped it up, tweaked it and added some sausages for good measure. It’s a really easy in-the-week tea that takes about 40 minutes from start to finish. It’s also a good one for the end of the week because you can just adapt your veggies and throw in all your leftovers.

1 onion (chopped)
1 red pepper (chopped)
1 teaspoon of garlic paste
1 teaspoon of chilli powder
1/2 teaspoon of paprika
4 sausages
1 small tin of sweetcorn
500g passata
400ml of vegetable stock
250g risotto rice
1 tablespoon of tomato puree


  1. In a large pan fry the onion in a little bit of olive oil or coconut oil on a medium to high heat until slightly browned. Add the garlic paste, chilli powder and paprika.
  2. Chop the sausages up into small chunks and add to the pan. Stir until beginning to brown. At this point I find that the skins start to come away from the sausages and I try to pick them out. It gets harder to pick them out once the liquid goes in.
  3. Add the red pepper and the drained tin of sweetcorn and then stir until combined and beginning to soften.
  4. Add the vegetable stock and passata. Stir and then leave until beginning to simmer. Add the rice and turn the temperature down to a low-medium heat (our hob goes from 0-14 and I turn it onto 4 for the next steps).
  5. The risotto will take approximately 20-25 minutes to cook. Stir at regular intervals to ensure it doesn’t stick to the bottom of the pan.
  6. Just before serving stir through the tomato puree.


You don’t have to make this one with a red pepper and sweetcorn; any veggies will do. I thoroughly recommend you give this one a go, especially if you’ve got leftovers in the fridge and want something quick and easy.

Happy healthy cooking.

Around the Corner Fitness.

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‘Eat Well Everyday’ by Clean Eating Alice – Hit or Miss?


‘Clean Eating Alice’ is the pseudonym of Alice Liveing, an Instagram and fitspo superstar who seems to have exploded into everyone’s kitchens in 2016. Her healthy cookbook ‘Eat Well Everyday’ and workout ‘Body Bible’ book were best sellers and you couldn’t walk past a branch of WHSmith or Waterstones in January without seeing her face. If you haven’t heard of her, you must have been living under a rock!

With her friendly persona and to-die-for body she’s clearly a person who knows her stuff and her journey from an average, slightly overweight post uni body to a svelte, rock-hard abs and body to die for fitness guru makes her relatable and aspirational. Basically I want to be her (or at least look like her).

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What I Eat in a Day

So today is the beginning of the food tracking with Fitbit (more on the actual Fitbit at a later date). This food diary is for a Tuesday, a day when I’m off school and spend the day looking after baby Rose. Not having such a strict schedule in terms of where I need to be and when on these days usually leads to a few slip ups. Not to mention that nap time is great for sitting with a cup of tea and some biscuits.

This is how I faired today.

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Wireless Headphones – Hit or Miss?


I chuckled to myself when Mr Rose purchased a pair of wireless headphones a couple of years ago. He used to run the lead up the inside of his T-shirt and didn’t like the subsequent chaffing. ‘Why would he want a pair of those?’ I thought to myself. ‘Surely he realises he looks like a mash-up between a runner and a business man’. You could just imagine him on his run screaming, ‘Buy, buy, buy, sell, sell, sell’ as he pounded the streets.

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Deliciously Ella’s Vegetable Paella

Deliciously Ella’s recipes have been put on the back burner in the Rose residence for a while. I seem to have bought loads of new recipe books recently and, to be honest, have been enjoying a bit more meat and fish in our diet since the summer. However, when doing the weekly meal plan this week, I dug Ella’s ‘Everyday Cookbook’ out and have rediscovered one of my favourite recipes from it.

This vegetable paella was a staple for us over the summer, especially when we were entertaining. I found it’s one that doesn’t take that much effort to make but it can be dressed up really easily with a few slices of lemon and some Spanish tapas or mediterranean style bread. It doesn’t take long to make but you can make it look like you’ve spent loads of time and effort slaving away.

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