As unhealthy as they are, everyone enjoys a takeaway — it’s a chance to explore different culinary flavours even with all the calories it comes with.
As a classically trained chef, Kate has always looked at recipes and then worked out how to improve or recreate them.
Kate Allinson and Kay Featherstone, have teamed up and transformed some of their favourite dishes into healthy indulgences which includes turning high-calorie takeaways into ‘fakeaways’ that are even tastier than their calorific counterparts.
Switching out a few key ingredients has a massive impact on the calorie, fat or sugar content of food.
‘To make our recipes healthier, we simply make small ingredient swaps and add flavour with low-calorie ingredients such as spices or stock cubes, rather than relying on fatty ingredients such as cheese and butter,’ the pair told the Daily Mail.
People are often under the illusion that eating healthier means having a smoothie and a salad every day. Kate and Kay try to give people more options so they don’t feel they are missing out, which can be so demotivating.
“We started our Pinch of Nom recipe website in 2016 as somewhere to offer inspiration to slimmers wanting to lose weight without feeling deprived.”
Since then, Pinch of Nom has grown into a community of 1.5 million users.
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Wow!!! What a year at Pinch of Nom! Two books, a planner and a new website…it’s safe to say we’ve been a little bit busy! 💕😱 We’ve had the best year ever and it is all thanks to YOU! 🙏😀 Kate and I want to say Happy New Year to all of you here, and best wishes for 2020 🎉🎉 Here’s to a fab 2020, we hope you can all get to where you want to be…PON will be here to help you wherever we can! 😍 Love to you all, Kay and Kate xxx
Our dishes look exactly like the photos, and all of the recipes in our new book, Pinch Of Nom Everyday Light, come in at under 400 calories.
The pair was kind enough to share some of their recipes with the Daily Mail and one that stood out the most was the easy cheeseburger pizza recipe. Try it out tonight.
Prep time: 15 mins
Cooking time: 15 mins
Cals: 343 per serving
Pizza can sometimes seem like the enemy when you’re trying to follow a healthy diet, but by swapping a dense, carb-laden pizza base for a tortilla wrap, you can eat it with a good conscience.
Using some clever ingredients creates a classic cheeseburger taste, which feels like a real treat.
75g 5%-fat minced beef
Pinch of dried oregano, plus extra for sprinkling
Pinch of onion granules
Pinch of garlic granules
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
¼ onion, finely diced
¼ red pepper, finely diced
1 ½ tbsp tomato puree
1 tsp balsamic vinegar
1 low-calorie tortilla wrap
1 small pickled gherkin, thinly sliced
20g reduced-fat Cheddar, grated
35g low-fat mozzarella
Preheat the oven to 220c/fan 200c/gas 7. Line a baking tray with baking parchment.
Put the minced beef in a bowl with the oregano, onion granules and garlic granules. Season with salt and pepper, then mix well and divide into 15 equal pieces, then roll them into meatballs. (You can freeze the meatballs at this point for cooking on another day.)
Place the meatballs on the baking tray along with the diced onion and pepper. Cook in the oven for 5 minutes, then remove and set aside. Turn the oven temperature down to 200c/fan 180c/gas 6 and line a baking tray with greaseproof paper.
Mix the tomato puree with the balsamic vinegar and spread it over the wrap. Place the wrap on the lined tray. Spread the cooked meatballs, onion and pepper over the wrap, then sprinkle with the gherkin slices.
Cover with the grated Cheddar, then tear the mozzarella into pieces and arrange on top. Sprinkle with oregano.
Bake for 7 minutes or until the wrap is crisp and the cheese is melted and golden brown. Remove from the oven and serve.