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All recipes in the Begin Within The Kitchen archive are gluten-free, vegetarian, nut-free, dairy-free, and soy-free unless noted otherwise. Many recipes are totally vegan (made without dairy or eggs). The majority also fit with low carb eating, even paleo, and other special diets- and definitely with your short-term cleanse, if not your new way of clean eating. Learn simple to prepare recipes, and how to cook vegetarian whole foods. New recipes and healthy meal ideas added weekly. See 'More' for cooking tips and the natural health cure article archives.

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Breakfasts, Baked Goods & Gluten-Free 'Breads'

Best Blueberry Pancakes (gluten-free, nut-free,-dairy-free, oat-based, mmmm.... Sunday brunch)

Homemade Granola: Better-Than Quaker (gluten-free cereal and/or bars +nut-free & dairy-free options!)

Blueberry Ginger Drop Scones (gluten-free, nut-free, dairy-free, soy-free... easy & totally scrumptious)

Dead Simple Whole Food Wraps (no wheat, no dairy, no nuts, +vegan option... easy chickpea flour wraps)

Rhubarb Banana Cobbler (OMW... the best gluten-free, dairy-free, nut-free, low-sugar cobbler... must try!)

Toastable 'Bread' Recipe (no gluten, no special flour mixes, no dairy, no nuts- the perfect, simple sandwich loaf)

Crustless Quiches (try this recipe for spinach potato no-crust quiche, & learn how to use any other veggies too)

Vegan Carob Cookies (oats, carob powder, banana, honey, cinnamon- a healthy & satisfying way to get your sweet fix!)

Vegan & Wheat Free Cobbler (Delicious with no eggs, no dairy, no gluten, and adaptable to any fruit filling... Yum!)

Fresh Ginger Tea (fresh ginger, hot water, lemon... my favorite way to start the day!)


Raw Kale Slaw (fresh kale, ACV, salt, pepper, lemon juice, raisins, olive oil)

Quinoa Tabbouleh Salad (mint, parsley, tomatoes, quinoa, spring onion, spices, olive oil, lemon)

Warm Roasted Beet & Plum Salad (beets, onions, plums, red quinoa, basil, easy light dressing)

Citrus Avocado Salad (grapefruit, orange, mandarin, avocado, lemon, spring onion, salt, cumin+)

Fresh Pineapple Slaw (raw cabbage, red pepper, pineapple, carrot, cilantro, light easy dressing)

Blue Dew Salad (honeydew melon, tomato, avocado, blue cheese... weird but wonderful dish!)

Greek Salad- Make it a Meal (a simple salad mix with loads of options to make it filling for dinner)

Baked Falafel Salad (my healthy falafel on watercress with simple tzatziki dressing and veggie accents)

Salted Lemon Preserve & Dressing (preserved lemon dressing with olive oil & a touch of cumin + super lemon for many things+)

'Lavoque' Salad (quinoa egg salad with salted lemon avocado dressing - the best egg salad you've ever had!)

Ginger-Lemon Kombucha Tea (a beginner's guide with recipe for how to brew your own probiotic 'booch' at home)

Chocolate Tea (a low calorie energy boost, cocoa nibs steeped in hot water with a touch of sweeter of choice)

Margarita Spritzers (light & easy everyday 'margaritas'- just lemon (or lime), tequila, cointreau, salt, bubbly water, ice)

12 Fresh Juice Recipes (my favorite pure vegetable & fruit juice recipes... time to break out that juicer!)


TLC Soup (tomato carrot soup with cleansing and nourishing spices and the bright zip of lemon juice)

Curried Red Lentil Apple Spinach Soup (satisfying dinner and leftovers with a touch of coconut milk and lemon)

Super Green Soup (packed with spinach, broccoli, cilantro, cleansing spices, and touch of creamy coconut milk)

The Perfect Pumpkin Soup (pumpkin, potato, curry, fresh ginger & cilantro, coconut milk, and avocado= wow!)

French Onion Soup (onions, olive oil, thyme, bay leaves, white wine, & simple spices- totally vegan recipe)

Fourth of July Parsnip Chili (hearty vegan chili recipe, with carrots, beans, tomatoes, spices... and parsnips. delish!)

Weeknight Gourmet (Easy Everyday Meals)

(gluten-free, nut-free, dairy-free, soy-free, vegetarian/vegan + )

One-Pan Mexican Eggs (eggs cooked to soft boiled in a flavorful and easy tomato sauce with cilantro, topped with avocado)

Sweet Potato Black Bean Burgers (lovely vegetarian, gluten-free, nut-free, soy-free veggie burgers using a base of sweet potato  )

Roasted Sage Butternut Squash (sage, marjoram, squash, olive oil, salt & pepper- so simple and so scrumptious!)

Oven-Roasted Vegetables (vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, paleo, healthy lunch and dinner ideas- see the list of recipes!)

Roasted Zapallitos with White Beans & Mint (easy vegan dinner recipe & great as leftovers- feel free to substitute zucchini :))

Easiest Fried Rice plus, How to Scramble Eggs (eggs, leftover rice, soy sauce... for a simple quick lunch)

Mexican Pizza Crust- Two Ways (gluten-free pizza! plus a dairy free version... just corn flour, water, eggs, salt, cheese optional)

Curried Chickpea Veggie Burgers (garbanzo beans, shredded zucchini, spices, eggs- no wheat, soy, dairy, or nuts)

Mediterranean Pizza Crust - Gluten-free & Nut-Free (with caramelized onions, asparagus, white beans and basil)

Meatless Meatloaf (vegetarian lentil loaf - lentils, brown rice, onion, spices, eggs, tomato-based topping and fresh parsley)

Mexican Stuffed Peppers (bell peppers, rice and/or quinoa, beans or lentils, spices, optional eggs... flexible weeknight dinner)

Basil Chickpea Zucchini Cakes (fresh basil, onion, garbanzo beans, shredded zucchini, lemon, eggs- simple & savory)

Oven-Roasted Eggplant & Basil Curry (eggplant, onion, garlic, spices, coconut broth, fresh basil... only 15 min active time!)

Oven-Roasted Vegetarian Fajitas (your choice of fresh vegetables and sides, a super easy and flexible dish <---click for recipe)

Kale Egg Quinoa Bowls (super quick, easy & nutritious meal any time of day- quinoa, greens & eggs with a touch of Asian flavor)

Zoodles with Basil Caper Sauce (gluten-free zucchini 'noodles', fresh basil, capers, tomato paste, chili powder, lemon juice+)

Coconut Cornbread Smothered Humble Beans (moist gluten-free & dairy-free cornbread over simple & flavorful black beans)

Ratatouille (the perfect combination of slow roasted zucchini, eggplant, bell peppers, onion, garlic, basil & tomatoes = magic!)

Spinach Potato Crustless Quiche (use this simple recipe to launch an endless variety of gluten-free, high protein vegetarian dinners)

Broccoli & Black Bean Baked Potatoes (salt-baked potatoes with broccoli, black beans or lentils, spices, avocado, olive oil+)

Cauliflower & Tomato Curry (delicious oven-roasted curry with cauliflower, tomatoes, raisins, cilantro, and optional chickpeas)

Asian Stir Fry with Baked Sweet Potatoes (tender broccoli & cauliflower stir fry on fresh sweet potatoes, plus great ideas for leftovers)

Faina- Vegan & Gluten Free Pizza Base (super simple chickpea flatbread + recipe for roasted fennel, olive and lemon topping)

Broccoli Kale Bowls (quick & simple vegan eats- broccoli, kale, parsley, spices, & your base of choice... or straight-up for an easy detox meal)

Baked Vegan Falafel Patties (soaked chickpeas, herbs & spices, and a super easy way to make a delicious tomato sauce! -gluten free & nut free)

Roast Pumpkin Wedges with Warm Pear &  Spinach Quinoa (totally vegan and gluten free thanksgiving or christmas feast... or any night!)

Meatless Meatballs with Spinach or Chard (fresh greens and herbs, onion, chickpea & oat flours, a few spices... and baked to perfection!)

Vegan Kale Herb Risotto (simple ingredients= fabulous, creamy comfort food... try this easy & vegan adaptation of the classic recipe)

Vegan Mac & Cheese (must try comfort food! totally gluten-free and dairy-free with delectable roasted pumpkin and cauliflower)

Oven Roasted Vegetable 'Wok' (asian stir fry made easy and delicious... in the oven.  vegans: top with avocado or fried eggs!)

Eggplant 'Steaks' with Bay Leaves+ (incredibly delicious and unique flavors- bay leaves, five spice, tomatoes, and honey. a must-try recipe!!)

Special Feasts & Treats

(recipes that are a little bit work... but are worth it!)

Potato Nachos (satisfying treat of corn-free & gluten-free 'nachos' topped with avocado and fresh salsa)

Eggplant Zucchini No-Noodle Lasagna (eggplant & zucchini 'noodles', garlic, tomato paste, ricotta, & fresh herbs)

Onion Thyme Quiche with Sweet Potato Crust (no wheat, nuts, soy, or dairy in this lovely vegetarian quiche)

Vegan 'Pastel de Choclo' (a wonderful baked dish with fresh corn, quinoa, green olives, basil, tomatoes, onions and a few spices)

Vegetarian & Vegan Sushi (cooking sushi at home is surprisingly easy and makes for a great gluten-free, clean-eating feast)

Healthy Snacks, Sides & Dips

Stove-Popped Turmeric Popcorn (popcorn, olive oil, turmeric, salt)

Baked Sweet Potato Fries (sweet potatoes or yams, olive oil, salt, chili powder)

Roasted Baby Artichokes (make fabulous and easy roasted artichoke hearts from even the toughest artichokes )

Sweet Green Hummus (beautiful green spread with fresh peas & chickpeas- vegan, nut free & gluten free)

Smoky Red Pepper White Bean Dip (creamy vegan dip or spread with a touch of smoke and a zip of lemon )

Cooking Basics & How Tos

Steamed Hard Boiled Eggs (fresh eggs, water, steamer... make the creamiest texture, easiest to peel hard boiled eggs every time!)

Fresh Homemade Salsa (tomatoes, garlic, spring onions, cilantro, seasoning, olive oil, lemon- a simple and delicious salsa)

How to Cook Beans (techniques to get the best flavor and reduce gas, for any type of bean or legume)

How to Cook Flavorful White Beans (with garlic, rosemary, thyme, bay leaves, salt, pepper & olive oil you'll never call these 'blah')

Make Your Own Pickled Jalapeño Peppers  (super simple recipe, no canning required, just store these pickled jalepeños in the fridge!)

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