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Recipe Rehab

Recipe Rehab

Spring 2014 Television
Ages: 13 - 16 yrs.
Rating: TV G

While many cooking shows have taken on a predictable "reality-show" competition format, Recipe Rehab has discovered an original formula for informational, family-friendly viewing with an interesting chef showdown and a how-to component featuring everyday people. Each half-hour program features a family with eating habits that could use an overhaul. Two chefs compete to "rehab" beloved-but-unhealthy recipes—and then, in a clever twist, the family has to prepare both recipes in their home kitchen and choose a winner based on taste, ease of preparation, and nutritional content.

In one episode, viewers meet a family of fast-food lovers. Afterwards, two professional chefs have 60 minutes to "rehab" a typical meal of burgers and fries on a studio kitchen set. One chef cuts over 1,000 calories and 80% of the fat from the meal by substituting seasoned parsnips for potatoes, served alongside a turkey burger on a pita. The competitor also makes a turkey burger and adds quinoa and walnuts to boost the protein level, and then adds a side of baked sweet potato fries to round out the meal. After that, the family receives the ingredients and have to prepare and taste-test both meals. It's a really refreshing twist to see everyday people doing the prep work that TV chefs execute so effortlessly, and it's also a pleasant sight to see a family eating together as they discuss the food and their eating habits. Regardless of which chef wins, viewers will come away with ideas for nutritious cooking options and all recipes are available on the program's website, (Recipe Rehab was inspired by a popular YouTube show). The competition is also interspersed with nutrition quizzes and fast-fact graphics, all focused on wholesome food and healthy habits.

Recipe Rehab airs Saturday mornings on ABC affiliates and although program information says the show is appropriate for teens aged 13 to 16, parents in charge of menu-planning will be just as likely to watch and enjoy it and then rally the kids to help prepare future family meals.

Gina Catanzarite   ©2014 Parents' Choice
Gina Catanzarite is an award-winning television producer, writer, teacher, mom and media consultant in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She began her career in 1987 and counts 9 Emmy awards, 26 Emmy nominations, a Matrix award, two Pennsylvania Broadcaster's Association Awards, 8 Telly Awards, and a screenwriting grant from the Theatre Association of Pennsylvania, among her professional honors.

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