Chef Erica's Chocolate Mint Cheesecake

CHEF ERICA’S CHOCOLATE MINT CHEESECAKE

Happy Earth Day!!! For my raw dessert submission I made a Chocolate-Mint cheesecake, the chocolate resembling “dirt” and the Mint resembling “grass”. The food coloring I used to dye the mint topping green with is actually liquid mint-flavored chlorophyll. Chlorophyll is our #1 source of oxygen. Without oxygen, humans could not exist. So what better way to say “Happy Birthday” to Mother Earth than with a chlorophyll-rich cake?

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Orange Pumpkin French Toast

ORANGE-PUMPKIN FRENCH TOAST

Since going vegan, it’s been hard to find a French toast recipe that I enjoyed, so I came up with my own. A fellow vegan blogger tipped me onto using ciabatta bread and it works best. If you don’t have orange extract on hand, use the zest of one orange and one tablespoon of the juice, or just leave it out.

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Sunny's Raw Rice and Mango Apple Chutney

RAW RICE AND MANGO APPLE CHUTNEY

Watch as Sunny prepares this delicious and simple meal.

Raw Rice: 1 jicama, 1 lemon – juice and zest, 1 cauliflower, 1/4 red onion – finely chopped, 1 bunch parsley – chopped, 1 c. olive oil, sea salt – to taste, 1/2 c. sprouted sunflower seeds.

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Coconut Bell Pepper Soup

COCONUT BELL PEPPER SOUP

Here’s a soup that’s great served cold on a hot summer day or warmed up when the weather cools off. Young Thai coconut water and meat provides the broth for this soup while the peppers and the miso provide the flavor. Fresh prepared coconut mylk can be substituted for the young Thai coconuts.

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Karen Ranzi, CCP-SLP

WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN PERSONAL CARE PRODUCTS

I used to think it was safe to buy personal care products from health food stores, but upon further research, I found out many products are not safe at all. To be certified organic, foods are under strict regulations, but there are absolutely no regulations for labeling personal care products “organic.” The products flaunt words such as “natural” and “organic” in big lettering on the front label, but if you scan through the tiny words listed in the ingredients section usually found on the back label, you will see many words that look like they belong in a science experiment.

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Dr.. Chris Reynolds, MD

COSMETIC VALUE OF WHEATGRASS

Wheatgrass, a potent natural healer, has been remarkably effective for thousands of my patients since I began using it therapeutically in 1995. It has also made my job a lot easier because it often heals when nothing else works.

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