America’s Favorite Vegan Dishes

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Mentioning a vegan diet or even a plant-based diet to someone that’s not aware of the benefits or who has a strong family upbringing eating animal products can seem like a far stretch and even downright insane! Ironically though, many people who are opposed, fearful, or just downright mislead about eating a plant-based diet don’t even realize many of their favorite food combinations are already naturally plant-based. Sometimes we psyche ourselves out into thinking that a plant-based diet is just for hippies and extremists, but the truth is, it’s really pretty simple. Eating plant-based is just about creating meals without animals included in them, and many of our favorite dishes actually already do that.

Knowingly or not, you’re already probably already enjoying many American favorites below that are naturally meat, dairy, egg, poultry and fish-free. Here are five of our favorite below… check them out and enjoy them in a healthy way more often!

1. Peanut Butter and Banana

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Who doesn’t love this amazing combo? You don’t need a fancy piece of equipment or a gourmet taste in food to appreciate this simple, filling combination whether on a sandwich, graham crackers, or even in a nice smoothie or shake! A peanut butter and banana sandwich is one of the quickest, (and even healthiest) sandwich choices you could make compared to meat and cheese, and it’s even inexpensive too! Take some sprouted grain bread, a freshly sliced banana (or a ripe mushy one if you please), and some healthy, organic freshly ground or natural peanut butter and there you have it! Easy, delicious, filling, and healthy!

Here are some other ways you can use this tasty, healthy combo: Banana Peanut Butter Muffins, Banana Cake with Peanut Butter Frosting, Peanut Butter and Banana Smores, and 10 Delectable Ways to Eat Peanut Butter.

2. A Hearty Chili

Nothing says comfort like a bowl of chili on a cold night. It’s such a humble meal that speaks so many thing at the same time: security, satisfaction, and comfort, all wrapped up in to a hot bowl with filling, chunky bites of beans, potatoes, and veggies. No one said you had to have meat in your chili! We love ours in a variety of ways. Add some crackers or some toast on the side, if you prefer.

Try out: Three Bean and Sweet Potato Chili, Chipotle Sweet Potato and Black Bean Chili, Sweet Potato and Quinoa Chili, or even Chocolate Chipotle Chili. The best part about making meatless chili is that it’s so much cheaper and even easier to digest (a.k.a, no heartburn to keep you awake!).

3. Spaghetti

Almost no one hates spaghetti, and if you do, you probably haven’t had it cooked homemade out of a big pipin’ hot pot with freshly steamed noodles and warm garlic toast or breadsticks on the side. Now, sure, you don’t want to go into carb overload, but a bowl of spaghetti every now and then does the body good. Besides, spaghetti has no rules. Who says you have to make yours with beef and refined grain noodles or jarred pasta sauce? Okay, we’ll let you keep the jarred pasta sauce since some brands really are fantastic (and many even organic), but try using whole grain or sprouted grain noodles, or even use veggies like zucchini in place of grain-based noodles. Then, make a meatless sauce that’s out of this world filling, and plenty enough hearty and tasty for anyone to enjoy.

We love: Pasta with Vegan Bolognese Sauce, Pasta Puttanesca, Traditional Spaghetti with Zucchini Noodles, or Raw Vegan Zucchini Marinara Pasta

4. Vegetable Soup

Along with chili and spaghetti, vegetable soup is a hands down classic, inexpensive American favorite. It’s also easy to make, and can be as simple or as complex as you like. If you’re on a budget, use canned (BPA-free) or frozen organic veggies, but if you can, go for some fresh whenever possible. Many ingredients in vegetable soup are classic affordable staples anyone can keep on hand. Use tomatoes, onions, garlic, potatoes, peas, corn, green beans, and whatever else you might like to include in yours. This soup provides nourishment, comfort, and doesn’t need one ounce of beef to make it delicious.

Give these recipes a try for a hearty flavor: Vegetable Lentil Soup, Winter Potato, White Bean, and Kale Soup, Roasted Winter Vegetable Soup, or Easy Root Vegetable Soup.

5. Chocolate and Peanut Butter

Hey, we all need dessert, so why not make it tasty and possibly healthy too? This classic combo doesn’t even have to include peanut butter if you’re allergic. Almond butter or sunflower buttermake a perfect substitution. But if you’re into tradition and don’t have an allergy, take advantage of the classic combo of flavors that made the uber not-so-healthy Reese’s such a big hit. Don’t waste your money on junk food candy, just use this combo yourself at home.

By: Heather McClees
Source: www.onegreenplanet.org

2015-01-09T12:26:27+00:00

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    Q: If I eat celery can I use a natural butter (almond or peanut)?

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    IF IT'S RAW, SURE!

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    Q: How often should one eat cook food? I'm a vegan, I do not consume any meat, seafood, milk what so ever. I eat water cresses like everyday so as cook food. Like white rice with black bean sauce, spinach, and pasta at time's I'll eat some Chinese fried rice, veggie roll, steamed vegetables, any advice?

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    You can eat cooked food as much as you like. However, try to incorporate as many nutrient-dense raw foods, such as fresh fruits and vegetables, raw nuts and seeds, into your diet to make sure you are receiving an adequate amount of nutrients.

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    Q: I wrote to you a couple weeks ago asking if it was normal for me to have an outbreak only a day or two into the full body cleanse kit. You wrote back and told me that an outbreak is the body healing. It is two weeks later and I am still having an outbreak! Is this a good sign? Do you think this outbreak may continue on through my anti viral kit? I have been eating mostly fruits and vegetables, however I felt like I needed more substance and I was not enjoying my food at all... so I bought organic noodles and organic tomato sauce (sea salt only, tomatoes, no sugar, you get the point). Is adding some of this into my diet going to make the kits less effective or possibly not work?

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    The outbreak is a result of your body trying to eliminate the toxicity and impurities from your body. Continue to follow the guidelines of the Cleanse.

    In regards to what you ate, YES, they make the cleanse less effective, so you may not want to eat much of cooked foods. Raw foods will optimize the cleanse. If you are having trouble staying full, try more healthy fats, like avocado, coconut cream, or raw nuts and seeds.

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    Q: I just purchased the WEIGHT RELEASE CLEANSE AND REGIMEN and today is my first day. I'm unable to get through on our inquiry line. The diet isn't completely clear to me. Although it says miso soup is ok, I'm unclear on other things. For instance, is tofu ok? What about hummus? What do sprouted grains consist of? Would Eziekial sprouted grain breads and tortillas be ok? The miso soup is the exception to the dietary rule! NO tofu, NO Ezekiel grain breads (no processed grains at all). Sprouted grains are grains (or seeds) soaked in water overnight and consumed. They are not cooked! Hummus is okay (as it's not cooked). Recommended article: "WHAT IS RAW FOODS" Visit our articles section!

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    The miso soup is the exception to the dietary rule! NO tofu, NO Ezekiel grain breads (no processed grains at all). Sprouted grains are grains (or seeds) soaked in water overnight and consumed. They are not cooked! Hummus is okay (as it's not cooked). Recommended article: "WHAT IS RAW FOODS" Visit our articles section!

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    Q: I have the alternative diet and lifestyle manual and want to make sure that this applies to the respiratory condition as well. Can I have the rice bread with no gluten or wheat? or rice pasta being that I have sarcoid? Can I eat cold water fish or venison in small portions along with veggies? What about rice or soy milk or protein whey shake for breakfast once or twice a week? Thank you once again my breathing has improved greatly and I have ordered many more supplies to maintain what I have accomplished thus far due to your regimen. I am not a vegetarian so I want to make sure it is okay to have white meats. I will do whatever I have to do to live. I love and appreciate everything you have done to change and help me to heal myself.

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    The manual applies when you are FINISHED with a cleanse or kit. Follow the regimen's diet. It clearly states NO COOKED FOOD. You are asking us about cooked food here. Stick to the diet plan and you will be alright! You are asking about foods no good for your condition. Whey is crap. Meat is no good. Grains are no good for you as well. They all produce too much mucus!

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    Q: In the Full Body Detox booklet it states I can have wild rice if I need something warm. I really don't like wild rice, but can I make myself a vegetable soup which I prefer. To me its more filling then the rice.

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    DHERBS: Sure! Simply eat your vegetable soup instead of wild rice.

    Also I have been having sweet cravings lately. Is there anyone, besides mental will power to overcome this craving.

    DHERBS: The root cause is emotional, however, try drinking Licorice Root or Cinnamon tea during your detox. Your detox may be detoxing some old stale emotions from the 4th chakra (love center).

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    Q: I purchased the ANTI-VIRAL CLEANSE AND REGIMEN kit. I began taking the regimen of capsules. For breakfast I had water and a banana. For lunch I ate a homemade vegetable soup (chicken broth and veggies). By 2:00 p.m. I began to regurgitate profusely. What did I do wrong? Should I expect to be physically ill after taking the capsules?

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    Chicken broth? That's animal-based! No animal products, Beloved! If you continue to vomit lower the dosage of the capsules from 5 down to 2 or 3 (for a few days and then work yourself back up).

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    Q: What do you tell someone that believes that eating meat is better than eating products not made of meat such as wheat pasta, brown rice, etc. My wife eats way too much meat, and she always says that she needs it for the protein. She doesn't work out or exercise regularly so I see it as just an excuse to continue the same old behavior. She's 5'6" and 205lbs and I think she should weigh 140 - 145 max. She's 43 years old and suffers from high blood pressure and swelling in the legs.

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    We provide you with all the ammo you need in our free articles. Read the articles WHAT IS MEAT?, PROTEIN PROPAGANDA, THE DANGERS OF EATING MEAT, etc. You'll have all the ammo you need to counteract or retort any meat-eater's argument about eating dead animal flesh!

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    Q: For the last 2 weeks, I've been eating only raw foods. My daily intake mainly consist of snow beans, green beans (string beans), kale, carrots, a small amount butter and crackers, bananas, apples, pears, lettuce, tomatoes, dates, spinach and filtered water. My question is: Am I getting the required nutrients and how would I know if I were not and specifically, how would I know what nutrient was missing. I also take the MALE HORMONAL FORMULA and JACKRABBIT FORMULA (regardless of whether I intend to engage in sexual activity).

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    OF COURSE! WHAT TO KNOW FOR SURE? GO GET A MINERAL TEST DONE. FIND SOMEONE IN YOUR TOWN WHO DOES NUTRITIONAL TESTING OR LIVE BLOOD CELL MICROSCOPY.

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    Q: I just started the Full Body Cleanse today! I reviewed the recipe section for ideas but I'm either allergic to the fruit or don't care for the vegetable. Based upon the Full Cleanse process, are there any other food combination or recipes I can do? I made the veggie shake but it was 'spicy' not sure why? Is there anything else I can add? I appreciate any guidance you can provide.

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    Could you explain a little further? What do you mean by allergic to the fruit? Do you have certain fruit allergies or getting a reaction to the fruit? 

    Changes in your body are going to occur. Know that your body builds up a culture of bacteria designed to digest your current diet. Your taste buds may have been hijacked by high fat, high sugar, high salt, chemically processed foods. It will take 3 days or more to begin the chance in culture. You will find as your body cleanses your taste buds will be significantly different.

    Gary Gibson HHC CPT BMI VLC

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    Q: I am an underweight but healthy 26 year old female. I would like to maintain my weight and I use organic canned coconut milk in my grain hot cereal. Is canned organic coconut milk acidic? If so, what brands are alkaline?

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    Anything canned is going to be acidic. What ever you use for make, let it be raw. Raw coconut milk fresh from the coconut is alkaline.

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    Q: What's the best way to start on a vegan/raw food diet? I am not sure what to eat to make sure I would get a nutritious diet-you may not be able to go into that much detail but how can I get sample meal plans for breakfast, lunch and dinner incorporating this type of diet-perhaps there is somewhere on the web I find something like this? Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.

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    If I do say myself, the best way to start a raw food diet is to be coached by me. I run a 6 month health coaching program that is 60-90 percent raw and 100 percent vegan/gluten free/ allergy free. You can find out more about my program at www.theveganeffect.com. I am running a special of half off my program if you sign up before march 1st. 

    Here are some other tips to get started.

    1: Join a raw food meetup group or community. Surround yourself with supportive people who can point you in the right direction. Try meetup.org or 30bananasaday.com 

    2: Read books like "beauty detox solution" by snyder, "80/10/10" by Dr. Graham., or "The Paradigm diet" by Adam Dave

    3: Start simple with breakfast. Always start your day with a green smoothie. read "Green smoothie revolution" by forget authors name at the moment. heh.

    A sample meal plan would be.

    Breakfast: Green smoothie

    Bridge: raw bar, handful of nuts or seeds, or fruit

    Lunch: Raw wraps made from collard greens. use a base of tahini, hummus, or nut butter. Fill with sprouts and colorful veggies

    Bridge: raw bar, handful nuts or seeds, or fruit

    Dinner: Raw pasta with a large salad

    Snack: Sorbet 

     

    Hope that answers your question,

    Gary Gibson HHC CPT VLC BMI

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    Q: A man and his wife from Senegal just gave me some shea butte, directly from the nut from Senegal. These two people have beautiful flawless skin. Is shea butter fine to use on the face? I wanted to also know why herbs and foods are good for prolonging fertility, as I am 46 years old.

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    Shea butter is fine to use on any part of the body, including the face.
    Take the time to read our "Impotence Infertility and Sterility."

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    Q: I was online searching for some natural treatments for hair growth in Black Men when I came across your article. I must say that I believe it was so on point that I decided not to look any further. I'm 44 years of age and started noticing my hair thinning when about 12 years ago. I was one of those that you wrote about in your article chasing a lifestyle that is no longer an interest to me. I did fall into some bad habits that were not good for my health off and on over the past 15 years or so more off than on. My body type I would describe as athletic. I'm tone, and strong when I exercise regularly. I'm about 150lbs @ 5'11". My diet is mostly vegetables but from time to time I feel I have to eat fish or chicken. Not necessarily prepared in the healthiest way I'm sure. I just got out of one of my "on" spells so to speak. Meaning the drinking of beer and cigarettes. I've been smoking and drinking beer now since September 2006 after not having done anything but live healthy for six years before that. As soon as my wife and I came back to the states and started working and runnign again these old destructive habits appeared again in my life. I only blame myself though. Right now my hair and skin suffer from the chemical poisoning from the habits that I just mentioned. I am prepared to take your advice about righteous living to heart and start fresh again. Is there a mild remedy that can work with me to stimulate the re-growth of my hair in the spots where it is balding in that classic balding pattern? I am generally very healthy when I doing right and even now rarely get sick. But my sickness manifest in stress and bad habits to num the pain of having to live this way when don't really want to. I quit the job that I've been working for the past 4 years for that reason and have been blessed to have some time not to grind everyday chasing after money. Now is a crucial time of healing for me, and I must take full advantage of the time. Moderation is in order for whatever you can suggest for me in the way of herbal remedies. I am sure that you can prescribe a simple overall regiment for my overall health based on what I have shared with you with an emphasis on the hair and skin. Again, thank you for writing the article. Call or write. The sooner the better.......Thank You!!

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    I would say first detox with the FULL BODY DETOX and get your diet right CONSISTENTLY! Constantly clean your temple! This is key! Next, perform the TOTAL MALE CLEANSE. After this, do a daily regimen of HAIR SKIN NAILS FORMULA, ELECTRIC GREENS CELL FOOD, KHEMETIAN GOLD, and MSM SULFUR. Forgive yourself of past self-inflicted harm! Stop worrying about your hair loss. Start visualizing your hair growing back. If you can see it, you will achieve it! The mind is all and problems and remedies begin in the mind! BTW: we offer phone consultations if you're interested.

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    Q: My husband has scar tissue on his head. He was hit on the head with a bat by some attackers (years ago). The top of his head is extremely hard like a rock --the entire thing is scar tissue. In the back towards his neck but still on his head is a larger patch of raised scar tissue. It is so severe that he has lost and appears to be losing more hair off the top of his head (I think it's because his skin isn't breathing or getting oxygen. He's tried everything from drinking Aloe Vera and applying this to all sorts of products. Currently he is using the skintight products (razor/hair bump, as well as the coco butter) however after reading your article about alcohol, I know they contain this so I don't want him to keep using it even though we are seeing some larger results than we ever have before with that product. We are both vegetarians. He has been a vegetarian for 15 years. He used to eat soy burgers etc., but has completely cut that out for about 3 months. He is now in his third week of raw food (as prescribed by your website) just drinking the green juice from Bolthouse (algae, wheatgrass, spinach etc.) and eating large spinach and vegetable raw salads. We are using the recipe that you included in your e-books. We will continue on a diet like this for the next year while we cleanse our bodies and keep this lifestyle. However, with all of that, my question for you is-- Do you have any recommendations for him to remove his scar tissue? I thought the OZ OIL would help. In addition, I'd like to buy him the FIBRIOD BUSTER and/or any other fibroid kits- but the website says they are for women (only?). Any recommendations you could make would be most appreciated.

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    I would tell you to keep using natural products (shea butter, OZ OIL, FIBRIOD BUSTER, MSM SULFUR, etc.) and let the healing take place at its own course. The more you focus on what you don't like (his head injury) the more it will magnify (not heal). His body is programmed to heal and it will but you must remain open to let the body heal at its own pace. Just continue to eat, think, and live right. He'll heal! Just give it time! Let nature do her thing!

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    Q: What Are Some Natural Sweet Treats (Junk Foods) I can Consume? Under free will you can consume what you like, but healthier products are best. You will find plenty of "healthier" snack, treat, and junk foods at good health food stores such as Whole Foods Market, PCC Natural Food Stores, Erewhon, Trader Joes, Natural Grocers, New Frontiers, etc. Just make sure to abstain from salt, sugar, and other harmful chemicals in the products you buy. We list many companies of alternative foods and products (and their website addresses) in our ALTERNATIVE DIET AND LIFESTYLES MANUAL.

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    Recommended: ALTERNATIVE DIET AND LIFESTYLES MANUAL

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    Q: Thanks so much for all the wonderful info! I had a chance to look at some of your products and I like what I see. There is so much good stuff here. I just finished a 60 day sugar/fat cleanse. I basically cut out all diary, white sugar, flour, pasta, etc (I was already eating a veggie diet) I did very well with the cleanse and I want to keep it going. I lost almost 20 pounds, but I started eating a little differently, since I had some events for the past couple weeks and the weight started coming back on. I'm aware that I have a slow metabolism, but I do exercise (4 to 5x a week) and I generally eat pretty well. I have about another 40 pounds I want to loose and continue to be healthy and energetic. Also, my husband and I are also trying to have our first child. Do you have any suggestions?

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    We would recommend that you give our Full Body Cleanse a try. It will help you lose additional weight and rejuvenate your body. Once completed, try the Fertility Kit, which is a 20 Day program and regimen that consists of herbs, elixirs, affirmations, inhaler, and dietary program to help naturally enhance fertility.

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    Q: Are vegan burgers with whole grain brown rice a good food combination?

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    There are too many grains in that combination. Consider a veggie side, i.e. salad. We reccomend a vegan, raw foods diet, full of fresh fruits and vegetables in order for you to receive the nutrients you need and detoxify your system.

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    Q: Is necessary to continue food combining after completing FULL BODY DETOX in 20 Days? For example can you consume sweet fruit with sub acid & acid fruit also starches and vegetable (beans) proteins together? I learned in Nutrition that starches (rice) and beans are complete protein when combined together that our body needs. Are you at risk for protein deficiency if consuming vegan diet?

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    IT'S YOUR CHOICE! OF COURSE IT'S BEST TO CONTINUE TO DO SO. IT'S UP TO YOU, BELOVED! I PERSONALLY DON'T RECOMMEND IT. NOT TRUE! YOU CAN'T GET PROTEIN FROM COOKED FOODS REGARDLESS OF WHAT THE FOOD IS. OF COURSE NOT, UNLESS YOU ARE IGNORANT TO PROTEIN, REAL PROTEIN, HOW AND WHERE TO GET IT.

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    Q: What is the molecular structure of: (1) a banana , and (2) a piece of cooked meat?

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    YOU WOULD NEED A MICROSCOPE TO BE SPECIFIC AND TECHNICAL. THE BANANA WOULD CONTAIN NATURAL AMINO ACIDS, MINERALS (ESP. POTASSIUM) WITH AN ATOMIC WEIGHT/NUMBER, ETC. IT WOULD ASSIMILATE INTO THE BODY AND HELP REPAIR IT, AID GROWTH AND MAINTENANCE TO SUSTAIN LIFE. THE COOKED MEAT WOULD BE A FRANKENSTEIN IF YOU WILL. THE COOKED MEAT WOULD BECOME INORGANIC VIA COOKING (ALTERING). IT WILL NOT ASSIMILATE INTO THE BODY, WHICH IS WHY MEAT CAUSES PREMATURE AGING VIA DISEASE. PLEASE MY ARTICLE ON THIS SUBJECT â€THE DANGERS OF EATING MEAT!â€. I HAVE HUNDREDS OF OTHER INQUIRIES I MUST ANSWER.