In honor of American Heart Month, Catholic Health hosted a special Facebook Live event, Way to Wellness: Inside the Dish, on Thursday, February 24, from 12-1:00 PM, featuring Trinity Medical WNY cardiologist, Eram Chaudhry, MD, and celebrity Chef Darian Bryan.

Dr. Chaudhry and Chef Darian Bryan broadcasted live from The Plating Society, a boutique kitchen in Buffalo’s Larkin District.

Chef Darian, who has worked in some of the area’s finest restaurants and catered for NFL stars, guided us through the preparation of three delicious heart healthy recipes, including delicious Banana Oat Pancakes, sweet and savory Sweet Potato Tacos, and snackable Energy Bites. Cooking alongside him, Dr. Chaudhry addressed heart disease in Western New York, heart attack signs and symptoms, and answered your cardiac health questions LIVE.

Watch Way to Wellness: Inside the Dish

Cranberry Pistachio Energy Bite Recipe (Vegan, Gluten-free)


  1. Place all ingredients into a food processor and blend until finely chopped, but not to powder consistency
  2. Move mixture to a bowl using and using your hands, roll energy bites into 1 oz. portions. Note that these can be very sticky!
  3. Store in the refrigerator in a tightly locked container for 1-2 weeks or freeze for up to 6 month


  • Calories: 89
  • Serving Size: 1 ounce ball
  • Servings: 10


  • 20 ct. dates
  • 1/2 cup coconut flakes
  • 3/4 cup pistachios
  • 3/4 cup cranberries

Detailed Recipes from Today’s Facebook LIVE

Interested in getting the other detailed recipes from today’s Inside the Dish with Chef Darian? Grab a copy of his e-cookbook, Healthy at Home: 15 Fresh Recipes, for these and so many other healthy dishes.