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The Final Closet clean out…

As many of you know I started this side of the blog (kitchen side) because I was bound and determined to lose weight! I started this to help keep me on track and to document recipes as I build my new go to meals! I haven’t focused so much on my weight loss while taking on this lifestyle… I will in the future so you all can know where I came from! But today this post is written for all my Rebel friends out there:

Today I scheduled an appointment with… MY CLOSET!

I have been preparing for this day my whole adult life! What I call the FINAL CLOSET CLEAN-OUT! This appointment lasted two hours and was full of highs and lows! I had many conversations with myself and I had to talk myself out of keeping some clothes, because although it’s AMAZING to be this size, my clothes have memories attached and throwing them out feels a touch sad!!

The toughest conversations were around my summer clothes!

I had this thought so many times… “What if you’re in this size when summer hits?”

I refused to listen… I continued to try on every piece and decided if it doesn’t fit now it NEVER will again!! I remember the video Cari did about cleaning out your closet and I had to reference it’s memory many times!!

I have some awesome summer dresses in the back of my closet that I always told myself… “Someday, I’ll fit into those!” (They still have tags on them).

I saved them to try on last so that I could end this FINAL CLOSET CLEAN OUT with happiness. “Someday” has now become today.

Although it was emotional to clean out the closet one final time… it’s worth it, we are worth it, and I’m NEVER going back!

I truly can’t wait till all of you hit maintenance… I was terrified to quite tracking but this last month has been the best month of my adult life!! I have more confidence in myself than ever and I am not a slave to “what’s for dinner!!!” It’s liberating… and so is knowing I have done my FINAL CLOSET CLEAN-OUT!!

Cheers to all of you getting to that amazing dress you have in the back of the closet… keep pushing and you will be living in that dress soon!!

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Creamy Cilantro Dressing

Recipe #1

  • 1 bundle cilantro
  • 1/2 cup non-dairy yogurt (I used coconut yogurt)
  • 2 Tbs lime juice
  • 1 Tbs diced garlic
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 1/2 tsp white wine vinegar
  • 1/8 Tsp salt
  • 1/4 c Parmesan cheese
  • Dash of cumin too to taste

Recipe #2

  • 1 bundle cilantro
  • 1/4 cup mayo
  • 2 Tsp Lime juice
  • 1 Tbs garlic
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1 tsp Red wine vinegar
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1/4 c Parmesan Cheese
  • Dash of cumin to taste

Put all together and blend… I used my immersion blender!

Both recipes were tasty, but recipe number one was definitely sweeter while the other had less sweetness but more mayonnaise flavor! If I wasn’t allergic to avocado’s I’d replace the mayo and yogurt with 1/2 and avocado! I may try it in the future anyways… maybe it won’t make me sick like it normally does!! 😬

Once again if you find something that would work better as the creamy base… let me know!!

Faux-Meal

Oatmeal, one of the many yummy items I would eat and am now trying to reproduce being on code red! This recipe is going to have to be perfected… I fee like this one and the noatmeal could be a glorious combination!! I’ll be trying that combo next time and probably swapping out coconut milk with almond or cashew milk! I’ve decided I’m not the biggest coconut fan! However, with all that said it turned out pretty good but watch for this one to be perfected with time!!

If you want… experiment and give me your tips! 😘

Faux-tmeal

  • 1 acorn squash
  • 1tbsp (or to taste) Cinnamon
  • A couple pinches of Ground ginger
  • 1/3 cup Shredded Coconut
  • 3/4 cup Coconut milk
  • 1 squirt Liquid stevia

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  2. Cut your acorn squash in half and place flesh down in a baking pan with aprox one inch of water
  3. Bake for 45-60min (until squash flesh is soft)
  4. Remove from Oven and let cool slightly
  5. Scrape out seeds to the garbage and spoon flesh into a pot on the stove on medium heat
  6. Add coconut milk, coconut, and seasonings and simmer until well infused
  7. Add stevia squirt to sweeten to taste

Enjoy!Like I said… more perfecting on this recipe! To much coconut for me!!

Overnight Noatmeal

Never heard of it… it’s the next best thing to oatmeal but more on my eating lifestyle!

Next time you want oatmeal but don’t want the stomach bloat and weight on the scale to go up… try this noatmeal! I’m working on perfecting it for myself but here is the basic info:

NOATMEAL

  • 2 Tbsp chia seeds
  • 2 Tbsp Barleans antioxidant blend
  • 1/2-1/3 cup Almond milk

That’s the base…From there go wild with all the tantalizing options you can think of… today I added tsp of sugar free salted Carmel syrup, butter, and raspberries!

Once you have made your own mouthwatering rendition of noatmeal, let it soak over night in the fridge, then heat for 1-2 min before enjoying!!

Good luck experimenting off the base recipe, and if you find a flavor that is oh so amazing… comment below so we can all consume the yummy goodness!

Keep it simple

Tonight I didn’t have dinner planned, but the best thing about this lifestyle is all I have to do is BBQ up something! Tonight and one I loved was a hamburger patty (homemade patty), with sautéed mushrooms on top!  

I sautéed the mushrooms in butter and garlic, and the hamburger was on the traeger with a little onion seasoning!  

Side Caesar salad and the leftover cucumber salad!  Yum yum! 

Creamy Dill Cucumber Salad

I have started a lifestyle called CodeRed Lifestyle! And here is the first true recipe I have made! It is amazing and has become one of my go to recipes!


Ingredients:

  • 3 Cucumbers
  • 1 sweet onion
  • 2/3c Mayonnaise
  • 1 Lemon juiced
  • Garlic
  • Dill seasoning
  1. Peel and cut cucumber into chunks.
  2. Dice sweet onion up and put in with cucumbers
  3. Salt and pepper cucumber onion mix
  4. In a separate bowl mix 2/3c mayo, juice from one lemon, and  garlic (I use a spoon full).
  5. Then mix dressing with cucumber mix
  6. Last add dill seasoning

Welcome to “From This Kitchen”

I’m here because I’m taking on a healthier lifestyle for myself and my family! As many of you know I’ve gained and lost weight many times! I want to learn how to make this a lifestyle for myself and my family so that once I lose my weight again…it won’t come back… it’s got to be a lifestyle not a diet and this is the last time I’m losing this extra weight!!

With that I want to bring the recipes and tips and tricks I’m learning in the kitchen to you, as I learn them!  It may be very simple things I’m eating in our kitchen but it will help me keep track of the things I’m creating in our house to keep us on the healthy track!

I have started the codered lifestyle and hope you enjoy the recipes I’m creating!!

If you are interested in learning about this lifestyle please visit Cristy Code Red on Facebook or on her website….

http://www.coderedlifestyle.com and tell her I referred you!

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