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Ground Chicken Lettuce Wraps (Recipe by Patrick Murphy)

1 pound ground turkey
8-10 bibb lettuce leave, separated, washed and dried
2 tablespoons chili powder
2 teaspoons ground cumin
2 tablespoons paprika
1 teaspoons black pepper
1 tablespoon salt
1 tablespoon ground coriander
1 teaspoon cayenne (or less depending on taste)
1 tablespoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon crushed red pepper
1 tablespoon dried oregano
1 lime, sliced into 8-10 wedges (1 per lettuce cup)
1 can of black beans, drained
8-10 fresh cilantro leaves, washed and dried (for garnish and flavor)


Optional spicy cream:
½ cup reduced fat sour cream
1 tablespoon chopped cilantro
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
½ teaspoon ground cumin
¼ cup chili powder




Cook turkey in a nonstick pan over medium heat until pink is almost gone. Add black beans. Add all of the spices. Stir until fully incorporated. When fully cooked (10 -15 minutes), remove from heat and set aside for assembly. Put bibb lettuce leaf on a plate. Spoon turkey mixture into each lettuce cup. Top with lime, cilantro leaf, or a dollop of the spicy cream sauce.

Quinoa Stir Fry (Recipe by Fr. Leo Patalinghug)

1 cup quinoa, double rinsed in cold water
2 cups water
1 teaspoon olive oil
1 cup edamame
1 carrot, diced or shredded
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1 tablespoon honey
1 teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon salt
(Optional: for more protein, include ¼ cup of roasted chicken strips or a ¼ cup of black beans, drained)




Cook quinoa according to instructions. Set aside. Heat olive oil in a pan over medium high heat. If using, add chicken and sauté until it loses its pink color. Add the edamame and carrots and sauté. Add soy sauce, ginger, and honey and stir together. Add the quinoa. Stir together and serve like a fried rice.

Basic Energy Bar Recipe (Provided by Mark Ryan of C.A.S.E Bars)

1 cup quick oats, roasted or raw
½ cup creamy peanut butter
½ cup chocolate chips
1/3 cup honey




Combine all ingredients in a large mixing bowl. While still at room temperature, place in either a mold to form the bars or roll into small "truffles". Or, spread onto a square pan, sprayed with cooking oil, and refrigerate for about 1/2 hour. When chilled, remove and cut into desired shapes. Serve with apples for a healthy and energetic snack.


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