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THANKSGIVING WITH CATHERINE MCCORD

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23 November 2017

After the birth of Catherine McCord's first child, she found herself struggling when it came to finding simple and nutritious recipes to feed her family. Driven by the lack of information available Catherine decided to start Weelicious a website dedicated to recipes she created that are quick to prepare and use fresh seasonal ingredients. Encouraged by the huge success of Weelicious, One Potato was born, a company that delivers healthy meal kits to the family home, encouraging families to eat well and at the same time educating them on healthy meal preparation. We chat to Catherine about her passion for food, encouraging young children to eat well, and how she will be celebrating this Thanksgiving holiday.

Tell us about yourself and what you do?

I’m the mom of 3 kids Kenya, Chloe and Gemma, I’m also the founder of Weelicious and One Potato.

When did your passion for food begin?

I was raised in Kentucky where my grandparents grew and picked much of the food they ate. I was surrounded by a love of fresh food from a young age and was always interested in how and where it grew. I started modelling when I was 13 years old, so I was travelling around the world from a young age. I loved watching the way different cultures cooked a variety of foods and how children learned to eat those foods from day one. We are big fans of your blog weelicious.com promoting healthy recipes that can be enjoyed by the whole family. How did this website come about? I went to culinary school and worked in restaurants in my early twenties. After my son was born I realised I could cook a gourmet meal, but had no idea how to make a baby a great eater from day one. This started my journey into the creation of Weelicious and making sure my kids had the opportunity to eat as many diverse foods as possible on a daily basis.

 

How will you be celebrating Thanksgiving this year?

Cooking up a storm! I have my entire family over, we cook together the kids included!

What do you consider to be a successful Thanksgiving? Do you have any special family traditions around this holiday?

Getting dinner on the table with everyone happy is success for me. We all go around the table before we eat to tell each other what we’re thankful for. It feels good to know what’s important to each of us.

What are you most thankful for this Thanksgiving?

I’m thankful for my family's health and safety. This feels like a challenging time in the World and knowing my family is together and happy is all I need.

I am sure you have many but would you be kind enough to share with us a recipe that you will be cooking and sharing on your table this Thanksgiving?

We make a lot of the same dishes each year including my Brined Turkey, Sweet Potatoes in Orange Cups, Maple Roast Veggies, Stuffing and more!

 

Maple Roasted Vegetables

Ingredients

7 Carrots, peeled, sliced in half lengthwise, then cut into 2-inch pieces

2 Red bell peppers, cut into large chunks

1 Delicata squash, unpeeled, split lengthwise, seeds removed and cut into half moons (you could also use peeled butternut squash)

1 Yellow onion, cut into wedges

2 Tbsp maple syrup

2 Tbsp oil

1 Tbsp kosher or sea salt

Method

1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees (220 degrees celcius).

2. Place all the ingredients in a bowl and toss to coat the vegetables (at this point you can place the vegetables in a large zipper bag and refrigerate overnight).

3. Pour the vegetables on to a foil-lined sheet tray and roast for 50 minutes, stirring halfway through, or until tender and golden.

4. Serve.

From the La Coqueta AW17 what are your favourite pieces from the collection?

My 8-year-old saw the Galiana girl dress and just about fainted! The Carmina girl dress for my 2-year-old is dreamy no matter the time of year. Classic pieces that stand the test of time.

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