Tom Kerridge challenges nurse, Sam, to cook one of his quick and easy recipes.
Chef Tom Kerridge, who famously lost 12 stone over the last few years, has set himself an ambitious challenge - to help a group of struggling dieters from his neighbourhood to lose weight. Over 12 weeks, Tom is giving them delicious, calorie-counted recipes to try at home, while helping them to make the emotional and practical changes to their eating habits which will bring about lasting weight loss. Tom knows that denying ourselves pleasure from food won't deliver long-term results. We get fed up and then we give up. Far better, he believes, is to cook and eat lower-calorie recipes which are satisfying and full of flavour. And as both a Michelin-starred chef and someone who has struggled with, and is conquering, his own weight issues, there is no better mentor.
Last time, Tom's gang of calorie-counting dieters got off to a flying start. Between them they lost 73 pounds in the first fortnight. This time, Tom is turning the spotlight on the dieters in the group who say they are too busy, or too inexperienced, to cook healthy meals at home. Tom is convinced that his quick and easy recipes - along with his support and encouragement - will change that.
His recipes include a family breakfast of Cajun scrambled eggs, a dieter's 'cheat pizza', a pea and ham pasta that is on the table in under 15 minutes and a really simple lower-calorie French apple tart. The 13 dieters in his group are beginning to build a strong support network. At the heart of this is a social-messaging group they have set up to share tips and give each other advice. Tom is delighted by this as he thinks they are more likely to lose weight supporting each other, especially if this were to carry on after the experiment is over.
Easy pizza with Parma ham and mozzarella
What a brilliant idea – baking tortillas to use as pizza bases. A quick and easy supper on the table in less than half an hour. Result.
Each serving provides 440 kcal, 28g protein, 41g carbohydrates (of which 9g sugars), 19.5g fat (of which 7g saturates), 8g fibre and 3.4g salt.
- 2 large corn or wheat tortillas
- 180g/6oz tinned chopped tomatoes
- 1 tbsp tomato purée
- 2 sprigs oregano, leaves picked, finely chopped
- 1 garlic clove, grated
- sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
For the topping
- 2 mushrooms, thinly sliced
- 2 small courgettes, very thinly sliced
- 30g/1oz pitted black olives, halved
- 3 salted anchovies, finely chopped
- 2 tsp baby capers
- 6 sun-blushed tomatoes, halved
- 3 slices Parma ham (45g/1½oz in total), roughly torn
- 4 slices reduced-fat salami (20g/¾oz in total), halved
- 100g/3½oz half-fat mozzarella, grated
- 10g/⅓oz Parmesan, freshly grated
- small handful basil leaves, to serve
- small handful rocket, to serve