Kay Featherstone (right) and Kate Allinson’s weight-loss website, Pinch of Nom, is an online sensation. Their cookbook has made publishing history. Now they have a new six-month diet planner to help you reach your weight-loss goals. You’ll find an exclusive 16-page mini version free with today’s main paper. Here they explain how it works…
A real-life Pinch of Nom
As two chefs on a mission to lose weight, we started our recipe website Pinch of Nom to offer inspiration to slimmers on ways to shed unwanted pounds without feeling deprived. We’re not dictating to people which diet they should follow and what they should eat. For us it’s all about the recipes. We share the dishes we make with others and every now and then we ask our followers what they want and do our best to provide healthier options.
All our recipes are calorie-friendly without compromising on taste, and compatible with the UK’s major diet plans, so they can work for people following particular popular weight-loss programmes, as well as calorie counting.
They’re very family-friendly, so no one has to make two or three separate meals each night. Plus every recipe has been tested by our wonderful team of taste testers.
Today’s special section includes four exclusive recipes from our new food planner – they can’t be found anywhere else – plus some all-time favourites from our cookbook and from pinchofnom.com. We really hope you enjoy them all!
Here’s how our recipes work
To help you plan, we divide our recipes into categories. Here’s a quick rundown. It’s explained in full detail in the mini planner.
We believe in the ethos of ‘everything in moderation’. With this in mind, our Everyday Light recipes are those you can have at any time: they’re easy on the calories, filling and perfect for every day.
These are recipes that have one or two ingredients that make them slightly more indulgent, so use in moderation.
Lower in calories than regular desserts snacks and treats, save these for pushing the boat out.
These are all worked out per individual serving. This does not include accompaniments for specific recipes, such as rice, potatoes or bread: we give these notes as a serving suggestion only.
Pinch of Nom recipes
Here at Pinch of Nom, we like to say that nothing is out of the question (in moderation). Using honey is a fantastic way to add natural, unrefined sweetness to your diet. Paired with the fiery warmth of chilli and balanced with the acidity of dark soy, this honey chilli chicken recipe is a tasty ‘fakeaway’ option.
CALS PER SERVING 308
Those shepherds have had a pie for centuries without anyone daring to mess with it. Pinch of Nom decided to mess with the shepherds! We added some Mexican flavours to this popular, traditionally British dish and came up with something extraordinary. With added spice, pepper and beans, this recipe transforms into something else entirely and is sure to become a family favourite.
CALS PER SERVING 307
Usually made with a rich, full-fat cheese sauce, cannelloni can seem like an unhealthy option on a menu. However, by packing flavours into the tomato sauce and using a melting, oozing parmesan and cheddar mix on the top, you won’t be able to tell the difference. It will feel like just as much of an indulgence.
CALS PER SERVING 460
Beans and pulses are some of the most satisfying and low-calorie ingredients you can cook with. Rich in protein and fibre, while having fantastic filling power, they can make tasty bases for hearty meals. If dried puy lentils are not available, use a 250g pack of ready-cooked lentils instead, and add them to the saucepan at the same time as you would add the cooked lentils.
CALS PER SERVING 250
Risotto is one of those dishes that deserves the time and attention that goes into making it. It’s a real labour of love and you won’t mind making this delicious spicy version – rich with stock and tomatoes, while packing a little chilli punch – again and again.
CALS PER SERVING 428
If you love your burger with a kick but without the calories, then these will be right up your street. They really are a doddle to make. You can serve them with the usual accompaniments and with or without a bun: they work really well with some slices of pepper and rocket on a healthy lower-calorie roll (or even in a wrap or pitta). They can also be cooked on the barbecue if you’re firing up.
CALS PER SERVING 168
A great twist on an old favourite. It’s super-quick and easy to make but feels really luxurious and would make a perfect dinner party meal to impress your guests. Don’t panic about the eggs being ‘raw’ in this recipe – the heat of the cooked pasta and residual heat of the pan cooks them through and gives a silky smooth and creamy sauce. By removing the pan from the heat, you’ll make sure the eggs don’t scramble!
CALS PER SERVING 314
We love a good curry and this chicken tikka masala is the perfect ‘fakeaway’ if you’re craving an Indian while following a weight-loss plan. It’s low in calories but there’s no scrimping on flavour – it feels really rich despite using fat-free yogurt. You can make it as spicy or as mild as you like – add extra hot chilli powder if you prefer it spicy or leave it out completely if you don’t like the heat.
CALS PER SERVING 359
A regular cheesecake usually consists of half fat, half sugar, so you may be surprised to see a cheesecake here. However, using quark is an amazing way to mimic that creamy cheesecake consistency and taste without all the saturated fat – perfect! Using sweetener and vanilla extract in place of sugar, this dessert keeps the calorie count right down but the taste up. Delicious.
CALS PER SERVING 212
The ingenious thing about these beauties is that we use dehydrated peanut butter powder. This packs an amazing punch when it comes to peanut butter flavouring, so a little goes a long way. In this recipe, it also acts as a binding ingredient, just like flour.
CALS PER SERVING 67
It’s hard to believe you can indulge in pavlova while following a slimming diet. However, a few substitutes turn this classic dessert into an indulgence that’s lighter on calories than you might think. This is an occasional treat rather than an everyday pudding – once you try it you’ll be counting down the days until your next dinner party!
CALS PER SERVING 65
There’s no reason why you shouldn’t enjoy a good barbecue when following a healthier diet. Preparation, as ever, is key. You can make the rich barbecue sauce in advance and coat the chicken in the sauce and seasoning in advance, too, ready for cooking. Just cook the coated chicken when you’re ready – in the oven if it’s not barbecue weather – and smother it with the remaining sauce to serve.
CALS PER SERVING 218
Free in today’s main paper
Don’t miss our mini diet planner (free with The Mail on Sunday today) to help you track breakfast, lunch and dinner each day. For breakfast ideas, visit pinchofnom.com where you’ll find dozens of delicious weight-loss-friendly suggestions. Or grab a copy of our cookbook. From our website try: Courgette and Butterbean Frittata (224 cals), Couscous Breakfast Cups (162 cals) and Crustless Quiche Lorraine (154 cals). And from our book: Apple and Cinnamon Pancakes (341 cals), Breakfast Muffins (67 cals), Hash Browns (77 cals).
SNACKS AND TREATS
There’s also space in the planner to track water, as well as snacks and treats, which you’ll find on our website and in our book, all calorie counted to help you stay on course. The planner has space for up to 300 calories of treats per day, so you could, for example, have 15 mini-treats at 20 cals each or one treat at 300 cals. Our Pavlova is just 65 calories per serving; our New York Cheesecake 212 calories and our Chocolate and Peanut Butter Brownies just 67 calories.
NOW BUY THE BOOK WITH 20% OFF
The Pinch of Nom Food Planner by Kate Allinson, Kay Featherstone and Laura Davis will be published on 13 June (Bluebird, £9.99). To order a copy for £7.99 from 16 June until 30 June, visit mailshop.co.uk/books or call 0844 571 0640; p&p is free on orders over £15.