I’m sat on the sofa with a rum and Diet Pepsi (OI OI), wondering why it has taken me so long to slap this blog post together with it being at the top of my ‘must write about’ topics.
If you spend an unnecessary amount of time in Waterstones like I do, you will know of the book I’m referring to. It’s the hardback with the teal front cover and the yellow binder, positioned at the front of the store, currently at half price. Yes, that’s it - Pinch of Nom by Kate Allinson and Kay Featherstone.
I’m not exaggerating when I say Pinch of Nom is more of a bible than a recipe book in our household. I mean, just look at me smiling into the Tuna Pasta Bake…
I hear you non-Pinch-of-Nommers, “what’s so bloody special about this recipe book?”
Well, it’s diet food that isn’t diet food. I can eat a guilt-free tuna pasta bake, for example, that tastes out of this world. Also, because it tastes so good, the loved ones you’re cooking for are unable to tell that it's a healthier alternative. There are chips, burgers, pizzas and even KEBABS in this revolutionary recipe book because the trick is how you cook them.
The release of the Pinch of Nom book was a long time coming. Prior to the release, Kate and Kay posted their recipes on a blog called, *drum roll*… Pinch of Nom. I was initially recommended the blog and Facebook group (Pinch of Nom - Slimming Recipes & Support) by my best friend who was using the recipes as part of the Slimming World plan, so I followed her advice and selected a recipe to kick-start my Slimming World journey - the Diet Cola Chicken... I never looked back.
Although the Pinch of Nom blog is great, I always prefer a physical book to an electronic source for my recipes (Kindle-phobe). Not to mention, I was keen to try the new recipes that aren’t featured on the blog and work my way through the 100 beautiful choices by turning the pages and gawking at the pictures. In no particular order, here are my favourite recipes:
- Diet Cola Chicken (page 72)
- Campfire Stew (page 126)
- Bacon, Onion and Potato Bake (page 162)
- Chicken, Ham and Leek Pie (page 178)
- Tuna Pasta Bake (page 180)
- Spinach and Ricotta Cannelloni (page 196)
The main reason I love this book is because it allows me to eat more s**t. There’s nothing I hate more than feeling deprived of my lovely Guylian. In fact, I feel offended when I’m told that I can’t eat any, and in history, I have responded by eating a whole box in defiance. The recipes on the Pinch of Nom blog include the Slimming World syns, Weight Watchers points and calorie information, so whatever plan you’re following, the recipes won’t cost you umpteen syns, points or calories per meal (giving you more room for chocolate). It’s worth noting that the book doesn't contain the syn or point values for copyright reasons, but it’s easy enough to work them out.
Thanks for listening to me ramble on about food. Are you obsessed with this recipe book, too? What are your favourite recipes?
Disclaimer: Although this might look like sponsored content, I can assure you, it’s not! I just love the book.