In the newest installment of my interview series, I am super excited to bring you fellow Canadian dietitian, Tori Wesszer, creator of Fraîche Nutrition. I love Tori’s blog and really admire her approach when it comes to sustainable, healthy, home-cooked food. She really puts an emphasis on creating positive relationships with food and learning how to enjoy the experience of healthy eating. I am sure that after reading Tori’s blog and seeing her incredible recipes, you will feel super inspired to get your family in the kitchen! Check out her blog here for more of her amazing recipes, style and lifestyle inspo!
Where do you live?
In the beautiful Okanagan Valley.
What would we find you doing in your free time?
Free time? What is that? I just had my second child two months ago, so there isn’t a lot of free time right now, but I am a bit of a Pinterest fanatic, and love to browse through it when I have a spare moment and can keep my eyes open! Otherwise I love to hike and of course explore the wineries in the area, I’m so lucky to live here!
What is your main source of inspiration for your work? Do you have any favourite blogs you follow?
I could write a book on this. My cousin Jillian Harris is a HUGE source of inspiration for me, she is simply amazing. Of course, I follow her! Erin Ireland has such an awesome way of promoting a plant-based diet that I admire, and I love Jamie Oliver, Donna Hay and Ina Garten in the foodie world. My long time friend Patricia Chuey has always been a source of inspiration as a fellow dietitian and simply a wonderful human being. She was my first mentor and I continue to be amazed by her. I love Molly Yeh, the Bojon Gourmet… I could go on, but I’ll stop!
Describe the best meal you’ve ever had.
Christmas dinner…every year! I love our Ukrainian heritage and that’s one meal that I don’t hold back on.
What is the one food you could eat all day, everyday?
I love cereal. I always have, always will.
What is your must have kitchen tool or kitchen tools?
My Vitamix and my AMAZING new Japanese Myabi knives – I will never use another knife again, they are incredible.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
Never burn a bridge (from Patricia Chuey)
You have many many recipes on your blog, but if you had to pick just one to share as your favorite, which would it be?
My Caprese Spaghetti Squash (see recipe below)! I remember testing the recipe and devouring it! Thank you so much to Tori for letting us peek into her life and her kitchen and sharing this delicious recipe with us!
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Pair this delicious spaghetti squash dish with fish, chicken or roasted chickpeas for an easy weeknight dinner. Vegetarian or can be made vegan by using your favorite dairy-free cheese!
- 1/2 pint cherry tomatoes
- 2 tbsp. olive oil
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1 spaghetti squash, cut in half and cleaned out
- 1/3 c. fresh basil leaves, chopped
- 2 tbsp. fresh parmesan cheese
- 6 thick slices fresh mozzarella cheese
- salt to taste
- Preheat your oven to 400F.
- Place the tomatoes on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and drizzle with the olive oil. Sprinkle with the salt and roast for approximately 20 minutes, until the tomatoes are shriveled. Set aside.
- Turn the oven down to 350F, and place the cut side down of both sides of the spaghetti squash in a baking pan coated with olive oil. Roast for approximately 30-40 minutes or until the squash can be easily pierced with a knife.
- Remove from the oven and, when just cool enough to touch (or using tongs), flip the squash over. Turn the oven to broil.
- Using a fork, lightly pull the squash from the sides of the skin, keeping the skin intact. Sprinkle the squash with a bit of salt to taste, and sprinkle half of the fresh basil leaves and half of the cherry tomatoes on each squash half. Grate the parmesan cheese over top and top each side with 3 slices of the mozzarella cheese.
- Broil for 3-4 minutes or until the cheese starts to melt. Serve!
Thank you Tori for sharing this delicious recipe! I also like to mix the spaghetti squash with regular spaghetti for a super satisfying dinner!
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Cook Time: 50 minutes
- Category: Dinner
- Method: Oven Baked
- Cuisine: Mediterranean, North American
Keywords: Weeknight meals, Dinner ideas
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