About Kalyn’s Kitchen (or How I Lost 42 Pounds and Became a Food Blogger)

Photo by Derek Smith

What My Blog is About:
My name is Kalyn Denny and Kalyn’s Kitchen is the home-cooking blog I started in 2005 when I’d lost over 40 pounds on the South Beach Diet and wanted to share my recipes with the world.  Now fast forward over twelve years later, and I’m still focused on healthy cooking and have transitioned from teaching elementary school to life as a full-time food blogger.

My blog features deliciously healthy carb-conscious recipes, and occasional healthy treats. Most recipes you’ll find here are low-carb, gluten-free and South Beach Diet friendly; some are Keto, dairy-free, Paleo, Whole 30, and vegetarian or vegan. (Use the Recipes-by-Diet Type Index to see what recipes I have for your particular way of eating.)

I’m focused on recipes suitable for weight-loss or controlling blood sugar. Although I’m not a low-carb fanatic and not every single recipe here is ultra low carb, all the recipes on the site are geared towards carb-conscious eating and many thousands of people per day use this site as a source for the deliciously healthy low-carb recipes that I love to create.

Information That May Be Helpful:
Have questions? Check out the Frequently Asked Questions which might answer them. And if not, here’s How to Contact Kalyn.

Support for the South Beach Diet:
Because The South Beach Diet was so life-changing for me, I’ve tried to make this site a resource for other people who are following it.  You can read more about that on the page for Low Carb Diet / South Beach Diet Information and Resources.  There’s also an index of South Beach Diet Phase One Recipes (all grain-free and gluten-free).

What Other Diets are My Recipes Suitable For?
Not everyone who likes my recipes is following the South Beach Diet, so I try to make my blog useful for people following other types of diet as well.  You can use photo-index pages for the following diet types:

Low Carb  Recipes that are low in carbs.
Keto The lowest carb/highest fat recipes on the site, suitable for Ketogenic diets
Low-Glycemic Carb-conscious recipes suitable for Low-Glycemic Diets. These are recipes that might not be strictly low in carbs, but have ingredients that don’t raise blood sugar.
South Beach Diet Phase One  Recipes for Phase One of the South Beach Diet.
South Beach Diet Phase Two  Recipes for Phase Two of the South Beach Diet. (Remember any Phase One recipe can be eaten for Phase Two.)
Can be Paleo  Dairy-Free and Grain-Free recipes that are Paleo or Whole 30 or which can be with specific ingredient changes.
Dairy Free  Recipes with no dairy products.
Gluten Free  Gluten-Free recipes.
Meatless Monday Recipes that have been featured in a Meatless Monday post.
Meatless Both Vegetarian and Vegan recipes.
Vegan  Recipes with no meat or animal products.

What Other Labels Can Help Find Recipes of a Certain Type?

Besides the diet-specific labels mentioned above, you can also find labels for my personal Favorites, recipes that Can Freeze, recipes that are Easy to Cook, Kid Friendly recipes, Slow Cooker  or Pressure Cooker Recipes, and recipes I’ve featured with only Five Ingredients.

How Kalyn’s Kitchen Got Started
Often people ask me how I started the blog, and Kalyn’s Kitchen actually began with an offhand remark made by my brother Rand. One day in early 2005 I was complaining about how hard it was to keep up with friends asking for recipes, and he said, “Maybe you should just put your recipes on a blog.” At that time I had no idea there were people on the internet writing about food, and certainly could never have imagined how food blogging would ultimately change my life.

My Family is the Greatest
My talented brother Rand still does all the graphics and headers for the blog and creates beautiful pins and Facebook videos, and Kalyn’s Kitchen certainly wouldn’t be the same without him. (Thanks Rand!) He’s also a willing taste tester whenever he makes a visit to Utah.

I also have eight more brothers and sisters who do a lot to enrich my life. Thanks to my sisters, brothers, sister-in-laws, and brother in laws Sandee, Clayton, Pam, Kelly, Mark, Lisa, Janet, Dave, Amy, Laurel, Carl, Vida, Dan, Val, and Jon for all they do for me. There are also 39 nieces and nephews and more than 75 great-nieces and nephews who occasionally make an appearance on the blog, including my nephew Jake  and my niece Kara, who are my cooking assistants on a regular basis.

My Life Before Blogging
In my previous life I had a business organizing catered houseboat trips at Utah’s Lake Powell.  That was a lot of trips to Lake Powell, but for my day job, I was an elementary school teacher for 30 years, and it’s always fun when former students find me through the blog. During my teaching career I served as President of the Davis Education Association, and was also a board member of the Utah Education Association and the National Education Association. I retired from teaching in 2009 to become a full-time food blogger.

Other Blogging Adventures
In addition to working on Kalyn’s Kitchen I also feature from-scratch slow cooker recipes from food bloggers all around the web for my other blog Slow Cooker from Scratch.

For years I was also writing about food at BlogHer.com, and even though I have now “retired” from that position, I’m still a big fan of the BlogHer/SheKnows organization and am proud of my association with them.

I’ve been lucky enough to speak about blogging at a few conferences. I was the moderator of a panel on The Art of Food Blogging at BlogHer Conference 2007 and participated in a panel about Food Blogging Best Practices at BlogHerFood 2009. I was also on a panel about Secrets of Successful Food Blogging at SXSW Interactive 2009, a panel about Food Blogging: Beyond the Basics at the IACP Conference in 2011, a panel on Building Blog Traffic Through Social Media at BlogHerFood 2012, and a panel on Pinterest at BlogHerFood 2015.

Kalyn’s Kitchen has received some nice mentions in print media and other places on the web, and I appreciate all the publications and sites who have featured my work (although the last few years I’m not doing a good job at all of adding things to that page!)

Kalyn’s Kitchen Through the Years:

(These are the anniversary posts I’ve made each year on the birthday of my blog.)

Kalyn’s Kitchen Turns One
Kalyn’s Kitchen Turns Two
Kalyn’s Kitchen Turns Three
Kalyn’s Kitchen Turns Four
Kalyn’s Kitchen Turns Five
Kalyn’s Kitchen Turns Six
Kalyn’s Kitchen Turns Seven
Kalyn’s Kitchen Turns Eight
Kalyn’s Kitchen Turns Nine
Kalyn’s Kitchen Turns Ten (!)
Kalyn’s Kitchen Turns Eleven (!!)
Kalyn’s Kitchen Turns Twelve (!!!)
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212 comments on “About Kalyn’s Kitchen (or How I Lost 42 Pounds and Became a Food Blogger)”

  1. I just wanted to say again how much i love your blog!
    I also had a quaestion for you….when you shop for salad dressing what do you buy? I useally get balsamic vin. and oil and vinager. are these considered low carb? also what a bout a low carbn cesear? do you know of one?

  2. Thanks everyone for the nice thoughts! Regarding Salad dressing for the South Beach Diet, simply check the sugar grams on the label. Anything with 2-3 grams of sugar per serving or less is fine. ( used to try to stay under 2 grams of sugar, but the latest book says 3 grams.) You'll find there are lots of commercial dressing that will work. (Don't buy fat free dressing which has added sugar.) I usually check to be sure the dressing has olive oil or soybean oil, (not a saturated fat) which most do.

  3. Oh bless you for making this blog! I just found it and it is a Godsend! I will return often. πŸ™‚ I recently started using agave nectar. It has been quite helpful. Low glycemic is the only thing that keeps my body from getting out of whack. I notice that I can use whole wheat in all sorts of things since I have been grinding it with a grinder that grinds it very fine. Wow – what a difference! My husband will say, "now this is whole wheat?" and is very pleased.

  4. Merriam family, hope you will find my blog to be useful. I agree, the glycemic index has really been the key to eating well without gaining weight for me!

  5. Hi Kalyn,

    I am just starting South Beach Phase 1 and came across your wonderful blog. I have appooximately 50 lbs to lose and have gained steadily over the past few years. I am a devoted foodie with a huge cookbook collection (lots from Cook's Illustrated), shop at Whole Foods and Trader Joe's and order my spices from Penzey's. I have been living in dread of going on a diet. I thought it would mean surrendering all my good cooking and eating for Weight Watcher's entrees. I have been studying your site for a number of days and cannot tell you how thrilled I am to find wonderful recipes from a fellow devoted cook and foodie. I find the South Beach notes at the end of your recipes particularly helpful and can actually imagine cooking food that complies with the various phases of South Beach.
    I cannot thank you enough for your huge contribution. I feel optimistic about making this change in my life.

    Maura

  6. Maura, so glad to hear you're enjoying the blog. I promise, you can eat good food and lose weight (and keep it off too!) Good luck, and nice to hear from you.

  7. Kalyn,

    I found your blog via another food blog that I read and what a breath of fresh air! I need to lose about 10-12 lbs and really am interested in the South Beach diet/low glycemic index eating. I suffer from PCOS and we want to try to start a family early next year…..I think eating low GI foods will help us with that. Thank you for creating a blog that shares with us non-veteran South Beachers your wonderful recipes!

    ~Hope

  8. Hope, you're welcome, and I do think this type of diet will be great for you! It really changed my life, good luck as you go about changing your way of eating.

  9. Whenever I find myself needing diet inspiration I always end up on your blog. Thank you.

  10. Kalyn-I was referred to your site by Stephanie at crockpot.365. My DH was diagnosed with diabetes last week, and what I can grasp thus far really seems not to be strictly focused on only getting rid of sugar but regulating carbs, so this sounds ideal! I'll probably need to get the books, but I think your site is going to be a wonderful resource!

    Thank goodness my hubby is a big veggie lover! It's still an adjustment, but not so much of one as it might be!

  11. Schmooman, I don't know a lot about eating specifically eating to control diabetes, but I know there is a lot of overlap between low-glycemic cooking and diabetes friendly cooking. I think most of my recipes should work for you, especially the ones that are phase one or two. Good luck.

  12. I just discovered your site and I can't tell you how happy I was to find it. I was beginning the South Beach Diet and was thinking that the recipes were pretty bland. Then I found your site and I feel encouraged that I can attain my goals. Thank you for this site and your hard work and dedication.

  13. Jerry, you're welcome! There really are a lot of tasty options. Good luck to you. (Stick with it and I know it will work!)

  14. I just wanted to say thanks for all your work on this site. Two of my daughter in laws started South Beach a little over a year ago and had great results. My wife and I started last January with the same amazing results. We just restarted phase one to take off a little holiday gain and to jump start another year. I want to lose some more to go back to my high school weight. That will be 85 lbs total and it is do able. Most people groan when they think about losing weight. Your site has helped make SB eating enjoyable. You do not need sugar to make foods enjoyable. None of this has been bland or boring. If anything I have enjoyed using different foods and spices. Our whole family enjoys it now. Keep up the interesting site. I suggest it to anyone who asks how I have lost so much weight. PS our family on SB has shed over 160 lbs total and are all healthier and happier!

  15. Rich, what a wonderful comment! I'm thrilled to hear that your family has had such success and that my blog has been helpful. (That pretty much made my day!)

  16. Kalyn – your website is a godsend. I started SB back in September and have lost 20 pounds (my goal). I had kept it off up until Christmas and now I am back up 5 pounds. I have felt so defeated and out of control and to be honest, like a failure. I started back to hard core Phase I this morning, and after looking through your website, I see this is somewhat normal. I'm not going to beat myself up but instead just get back into it and all will be ok. SB is the only diet I have ever been able to do that I'm not starved to death. My favorite part is the lack of cravings. Thanks for your help and support. I'm writing up my grocery list for the week and have included several of your recipes. God Bless!

  17. Oh Patti, you are not a failure. I can't tell you how many times in five years I've slipped and gone back to phase one again to recover! That's one reason I love this diet. Good luck to you and thanks for the nice thoughts about the blog!

  18. I have a question – since I only have 5 pounds to get back to where I want to be and I've started Phase I again, do I go ahead for the whole 2 weeks or just until I've dropped that 5#? I really don't want to lose any more than 5. That weight is perfect for me. Thanks for your expertise!

  19. Patti, I'd say that's completely your choice, no rules about it. Personally I never mind losing an extra pound or two to have a little more leeway when I go off of phase one though.

  20. Hello Kalyn: I have just started the South Beach Diet and roaming on google found this site. Your recipes look amazing. I can hardly wait to try some of them. You will be my inspiration to carry on. I have already lost 5 lbs since starting and have 46 more to go. I am sure that your recipes will help me along the way.
    Thanks
    Kathy

  21. Kathy, hang in there and I promise you it will work!

  22. Hi, I stumbled on your blog 6 months ago looking for a sweet potato receipe, and since then found it very inspiring! I love gardening and cooking. Now I want to loose 20 pounds so I am going to read about South beach diet. I know I have a great source for receipies! Greetings from the netherlands

  23. Hi Kalyn,

    I just want to say , I love your website. I'm a cook as well and doing the South Beach Diet is easy, when you're fun and creative with the food. I love the way you have this all set up . And, I am always going to your site first when I need a bit of motivation for my cooking. Keep up the excellent work ! and KEEP BLOGGING!!!

    Becca

  24. Elisabeth, welcome. (I hope to visit the Netherlands someday!)

    Becca, thanks! I love getting that feedback.

  25. I found your blog from Pioneer Woman's favorite blog sites. I started SB on 1/11/10 and I've already lost 22 lbs! I love to cook and I'm so excited that I found this blog. I just became a Facebook fan too!

  26. Kalyn! You are providing such an amazing public service!!! I started the South Beach Diet two weeks ago and immediately found your site. I LOVE to cook and LOVE to eat delicious, fresh foods. I am so impressed with your recipes and have already tried several (Greek meatballs, tsadziki, roasted cauliflower, white bean/basil spread) and have found it very inspiring. I'm down about 8 lbs. and have 40 more to go. Having access to such great ideas will make this journey much easier. Thanks again – Nancy in California

  27. Nancy, you're very welcome, glad to hear you're enjoying the recipes.

  28. I just came across your blog when I was searching for SB diet phase 1 recipes–what a great resource!!! I am saving it on my favorites so I can refer to it often =)
    Thought I might ask–are there any other free websites you recommend for recipes for South Beach? My friend and I are starting it this week for the first time and are searching for more recipes, that perhaps our families would enjoy also? Any advice is much appreciated–thanks in advance!
    Sarah

  29. Sarah you can check my link for "losing some weight on the web" (in the left sidebar) for other blogs focused on weight loss. Not sure if any are specifically South Beach but you might find some recipes that will work.

  30. Hi Kalyn.
    I just wanted to tell you that I find your site to be extremely inspirational. I'm only looking to lose about 10 pounds, but find this 10 pounds to be extremely stubborn. I genetically carry it around my middle, which is extremely unattractive, makes clothes fit weirdly, and is the most dangerous, especially with a family history plagued by heart disease. My research indicates that a low glycemic style of eating is most beneficial for my body type and will help with the tummy flub. Thank you for the site. I love to download and try recipes and your site will be my "go to" place as I start phase 1 tomorrow. Wish me luck!

    Teresa

  31. I am going to do my first attempts to stay thin, well I have been thin all of my life and now hitting the 30 something is not as it used to be. I hear about the South Beach diet all of the time (I live in Miami), so I will give it a try, although I am not happy about having to limit what foods I can eat, but the more I age, the more this comes a reality.
    Cheers,
    I love your blog!

  32. Dear Kalyn,
    Thanks for such a very informative blog. I came across your site when I was looking for some cooking ideas for a dinner party I'm throwing and I am kind of stalling in South Beach Diet Phase 2 (with some misdeed here and there), but I just want to say I really appreciate what you're doing with the blog and the phenomenal recipes.
    Thank you so much and greetings from Tokyo!

  33. Taiko, thanks so much for the nice feedback. If you're having trouble on phase 2, my brother and I often go from phase one to what we call phase 1.5 where we continue to eat phase one foods mostly with one small item a day that's phase two (like a small serving of rice, a piece of bread, or a starchier vegetable.) That can help stretch out the benefits of phase one for another week or two and make an slower transition to phase two! Good luck!

  34. Wow.It is a long time since I last came here.This blog is my favourite.I had taken some information from this blog.

    Thanks Kalyn.

  35. Wow you blog is great! I am about ready to start the SBD again for the second time. This time with my husband. The first time I did it was when it first came out. I am so excited about you blog because I don't want to eat the bland tasteless food I ate last time on was on SBD. Thank you so much for your time in effort.

  36. Ritters, good luck this time. Hope the blog will be helpful for you.

  37. Today is my first day on the South Beach diet. I am determined….I have over 50 pounds to lose. I will say around 80. But taking small steps so I will stay on track. My first goal is to lose 20 pounds by the end of November…..is that too much?

  38. Hi: Im just getting started on my SBD today. I have LOTS of weight to lose…..80lbs…..so I will make my first goal taday of 20 pounds by the end of December

  39. I'm not sure if these two comments were from the same person (and I was publishing from my phone, so I couldn't reply right away) but I think 20 pounds by the end of November is definitely not realistic. It's probably a big goal even for the end of December. Just start on phase one and concentrate on eating the right kinds of foods, and I promise you will steadily lose weight. I would start by reading the book if haven't read it.

    Good Luck!
    Kalyn

  40. Hi Kalyn,

    Just wanted to tell you that I love your blog! You are doing a fantastic job and I truly appreciate everything you have done.

    I am a vegetarian just finishing up my first week back on the South Beach Diet. I've done the diet before, but very quickly became sick of eggs and salad. I'm also a beginner cook so finding appropriate recipes has been very frustrating for me.

    Your blog gives so many wonderful Phase One vegetarian options! I'm excited to continue with the diet knowing that there's a resource out there that will help me on my journey.

    Thank you for everything you do!
    Nicole

  41. Nicole, that's great. So glad it's helpful to you.

  42. Hey Kalyn,
    I'm a new reader & just wanted to say how much I'm enjoying your blog and especially your recipes. My hubby & I are in the midst of our 2 weeks of Phase 1(again). SBD is pretty much the only way for me to lose weight w/ an underactive thyroid but the limited food choices made it VERY difficult to stick to the diet. Thanks to you, Phase one is a little less drudgery than it was before. Also, thanks for the tip about reduced-sugar ketchup. I made your cocktail sauce for Hubby last night & he said it was great! He's a food snob, so "great" is not an adjective he uses very often. πŸ™‚

  43. Hi Maria,
    Glad to hear you're enjoying the phase one recipes, and that the food is getting the approval of your husband as well!

  44. I am looking forward to making some of the good recipe soups. Born and raised in Ogden, Utah, I know the value of home cooked recipes and canning. I took the skills with me when I moved to Miami. I enjoy your site.

  45. Thanks Diane, Fun hearing from someone who grew up in Ogden.

  46. Kalyn,
    I wanted to say thank you so much for this wonderful website. There has not been a recipe that I have tried that has not been fabulous! Everyone rants over the food I make and I tell them about you!

    I too am a SBDieter. I lost 27lbs my first go round and kept it off for two years. After the birth of my daughter I lost the weight with South Beach again and am now smaller than I was before!

    This lifestyle works and I feel so much more healthy and alive! I love that this site has so many new and exciting ways to eat healthy. Thanks for all that you do!

    Alex in S.C.

  47. Alex, thanks for the nice feedback. I do love knowing that people are using the recipes, enjoying the food, *and* having good results from the diet. Thanks for taking time to write.

  48. Hi Kalyn,
    I have been following your blog/recipes for about 7 weeks now. I started South Beach around that time and wanted some good recipes. I've lost about 17lbs so far and your recipes are amazing! My favorite is the Spicy Sauteed Chickpeas with Cilantro. Yum! You have definitely helped me open up my eyes on the world of cooking and vegetables. I'm eating veggies that I've never tried before just because of your blog! I love going to the store and picking out whatever is on sale because I know you'll have a great recipe for it. So thank you again for all your hard work at making these recipes, I'm sure I'm not the first to say they are much appreciated.

  49. Sara, thanks so much for that nice feedback. I love knowing that my blog is helpful for people, and getting a comment like this really makes my day.

  50. Really enjoying your blog and can't wait to spend some more time looking around. You've got a real talent for creating recipes… and healthy ones to boot!

    I look forward to being inspired by things I find here πŸ˜€

    -Mary

  51. Hello! I did a google search today for "south beach diet recipes" and found your blog. I was amazed at all you have to offer here! Thank you so much for taking the time to share what you know with us. I'm really looking forward to trying your recipes. I just started phase 1 today and am optimistic about losing the extra 15 pounds I'm carrying at the moment. I'm an American living in Singapore, so not sure I'll be able to find the Spike seasoning you mentioned on some recipes, but you never know. If not, I'll just substitute until I can buy a few jars during my trip home this summer. Thanks again for such a great blog! Best regards, Rachel

  52. Rachel, what a fun adventure to live in Singapore. I went to China in 2001 and loved visiting Asia. If you can't find Spike, any general-purpose seasoning blend will work. And good luck with the diet; I promise it will work if you stick with it!

  53. Just found your blog while looking for South Beach Phase One recipes on the internet. Am so excited to use some of your recipes which look delicious! I am a South Beach fan, have had success on it in the past, but have lost my way in recent times, so have made a comittment to get back at it. I've got my spouse doing it with me, so I KNOW I will need recipe variety to keep him interested and to keep me on track. I'm a Master Gardener, love to cook and am a published home and garden and cooking juournalist, having had my own newspaper column in the past. So nice to find you and klook forward to checking in often!

  54. Kathy, welcome and hope the recipes will be useful for you.

  55. Hello Kalyn!

    You are so inspirational and I love how your recipes are oh so healthy yet look absolutely delish! Definitely looking forward to trying some soon! First up on the list are your egg muffins! πŸ™‚ Keep up the good work!!

    xx

  56. Hope you enjoy the recipes!

  57. Hi Kalyn,

    While I'm not a South Beach dieter, I've been very inspired by your blog. Food is a major part of my life in terms of it bringing family and friends together. The way that you've beautifully put together your blog with all the lovely pictures is amazing, and looking at it has actually spurred me to create my own blog about my food experiences (with my girlfriend). We really enjoy looking through your site! Thanks for sharing your food!

  58. SP, Thanks for the nice feedback about the blog! Hope you have fun with yours. I like the way the blog is always forcing me to learn new things.

  59. So happy I found your Blog and wonderful recipes! I've been a South Beach believer since I first tried a few years back and had success folowing it.
    Looking forward being your follower too! Thank you!
    Marilia Clark
    Dallas, TX

  60. Marilia, welcome. It really does work doesn't it? (BTW, love your name.)

  61. hi! your blog is very inspiring!
    i need your advice. i need to lose 30 lbs at least and i want to know how long should i stay in phase 1? is there a formula like phase 1 for 2 weeks then 2 weeks for phase 2 then go back to phase 1 for 2 weeks?
    i'm just on day 3 of SBD phase 1 and as of end of day 2, i already lost 1.5 lbs!

    thanks!

  62. I am not really qualified to give that kind of advice. I recommend you read the books so you understand how the various phases work. Phase one is generally recommended for two weeks, at which time you start to add things back into your diet.

  63. Thank you for your wonderful website! My husband and I just started the south beach diet and after two weeks, it has changed our lives too. I love food and am happy to discover that we can still enjoy food.

  64. Stacey, you're welcome and good luck!

  65. I think the South Beach diet is the best. We've pretty much adapted it as our lifestyle.
    Sam

  66. Sam, I am sold on it as well! And truthfully I don't think it's that hard to follow it. Just get back on phase one if you get off track; I do that several times each year.

  67. I just found your website from an old Woman's World magazine of 2006. Crazy! So great to hear that you're still going strong on being healthy and posting great recipes :).

  68. Miranda, how fun to hear that. Still hanging in there (with quite a few times going back to phase one for a little tune-up!)

  69. Dear Kalyn,
    At the age of 51, and a dance teacher by profession, I had pretty much given up losing weight. Believe me, I tried….for 10 YEARS!!!! To most people, I didn't look that bad, I hid it well! I had lots of excuses, 5 kids (Including twins), thyroid disease, approaching menopause……I looked around me, and thought I still looked o.k. for a woman my age. The problem for me was, I felt lousy all the time. I was tired, and I felt old! BUT….something happened! I decided to give it one more try, and went on the South Beach diet. Your recipes were the ONLY thing that helped teach me what I needed to do, to stay on this diet. I can proudly say, I have lost 35 pounds, and my BMI went from 31 to 20!! I went from struggling through the 6 dance classes I taught each week, to currently teaching 20 classes per week, half of them Zumba! I feel like I am in my 20's and most think I am in my 30's!!! THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU for helping all of us people who don't know where to begin with this diet! A week doesn't go by where I don't show people, before pictures of me, and I always tell them to check out your webpage if they really want to know how I did it!

  70. Kay what a wonderful before and after story. This comment really made my day. (And I can't quite get the hang of Zumba, so my hat is off to you for that!) So glad the blog has been this helpful for you.

  71. Kalyn,

    I just wanted to let you know that I make at least one of your recipes EVERY week… if not more πŸ™‚ And I love blogging about them!

    Thanks for doing what you do!

    Nikki

  72. Happy New Year Kalyn. I discovered your blog in 2011. I always love your the look and sound of your recipes. I would love to have the nutrition information on many of them. Just wondering if you have a suggestion for what would be the easiest way for me to get that. Is there a software I could plug them into that would give me that?

    Thank you!!!

  73. Hi Nancy,
    One reason I chose South Beach to manage my weight is because I didn't want to calculate points, carbs, calories, etc, so I'm afraid I don't know a program that does that. But I bet you could find one pretty easily if you google something like "calculate nutritional information." I'm guessing there are many options available, I just wouldn't know one to recommend.

  74. I found your blog via Pintrest and I am so glad I did!! Your recipes looks wonderful and I can't wait to try them out! Thanks!!

  75. The wife and I are doing the South Beach and love it! I'm a full time student now since being laid off and have taken over all the house duties including all the cooking. I'm traditionally not someone found in the kitchen doing anything other than eating and am completely new to cooking. Your blog is a treasure! Thank you for providing such wonderful and easy to make recipes. You've gained a reader for life! I made black bean marinated chicken thighs tonight and they were a huge hit and OMG your Brussels with pecans and gorgonzolla. Sigh….

  76. Jay, so glad you are enjoying the recipes and learning to enjoy cooking.

  77. I've been reading your blog for a few years now and just recently decided to try my hand at this. I just wanted to let you know that your site is only one of a handful that I visit on a regular basis. My favorite recipe from your site is the halibut with parmesan sour cream sauce. Best Wishes!

  78. Kalyn! I found you on a website on a list called "100 Food Blogs to Inspire Your Healthy Eating." Your blog is definitely an inspiration – I've been eating unhealthy all my life, convinced that a healthy diet equated yucky, boring food. But your blog has convinced me otherwise, because all your food looks delicious! I can't wait to try out one of your recipes.

  79. Good luck with your new commitment to healthier eating!

  80. Kalyn, Congratulations on your weight loss success! Thanks for so many great recipes too! I can relate, I lost alot of weight after juicing fresh fruits & vegetables & it inspired me to start my own blog too…thanks again!
    Frank

  81. I've tried several of your recipes, and they have been perfect for my husband and me as we transition to vegetarianism! It seems like every time I see a link to a recipe that looks good, I end up getting shunted over to your blog. I think it's a sign that I just go ahead and subscribe already! Added you to my reader!
    –Catherine

  82. Thanks Catherine; glad you have been enjoying the vegetarian recipes! I am not a vegetarian, but I am trying to eat mostly vegetables myself (and enjoying it!)

  83. Kalyn,

    So many of your recipes are in our go to recipe box. My kiddos are getting older now and they are starting to enjoy them too. After a busy and somewhat sedentary fall/winter we are renewing our pursuit of healthier eating so I'm back to get more ideas. Always love your recipes and recommend them to people all the time…you have a knack of making healthy food taste better than junk food…which I love. Just wanted to wish you a great new year.

  84. Kalyn,

    So many of your recipes are in our go to recipe box. My kiddos are getting older now and they are starting to enjoy them too. After a busy and somewhat sedentary fall/winter we are renewing our pursuit of healthier eating so I'm back to get more ideas. Always love your recipes and recommend them to people all the time…you have a knack of making healthy food taste better than junk food…which I love. Just wanted to wish you a great new year.

  85. Mom~ster, †hanks so much!

  86. Hello Kalyn, I fell upon your site last week and have since printed out a few recipes to try. The one Im most excited to try are you flour free sugar free chocolate peanut butter cookies. I showed it to my boyfriend and he is not thrilled at al with the idea of usinf any substite sugars! sheesh! lol..Can I add more brown sugar? How much?Or can I use Cane Brown Sugar?
    Please get back asap Im dying to make tese. Thank you Elaine

  87. Elaine, obviously you can use any ingredients you'd like, but the cookies won't be sugar free if you use brown sugar or cane sugar. I've made those cookies with both Splenda and Stevia in the raw granulated and both worked well, but I haven't made with other types of sweeteners so I can't say how it will work. I imagine it would be fine though.

  88. Kalyn, just stumbled upon your blog after a bunch of clicks on Pintrest! Glad I found it! I recently lost 15 pounds on Weight Watchers, and while it's not the South Beach Diet, they are very similar in the way the plan is followed. (if you are familiar with WW I am on the Simply Filling Plan) I'm always looking for new recipe ideas, and after reading your blog, you need to know I just got back from the supermarket purchasing a ton of ingredients featured in your recipes! I tweak them a bit to fit in with my WW lifestyle and my husband already asked me "who is the Kalyn and why is her website now programmed as our home page every time I use the computer?" !! Need I say more? Thank you!

    Sincerely,
    Lori Dateno – a new fan

  89. I just wanted to thank you for sharing your recipes. I got recent doctor's orders to cut down on carbs, and your blog has been a wonderful resource!

    You feature a lot of my favorite ingredients. But you also a lot of ingredients I wouldn't normally cook, but packaged in interesting ways that I'm definitely going to try. (For instance, the mashed cauliflower with cheese and dill was a definite success tonight.)

    I look forward to cooking my way through all of the recipes I've bookmarked so far πŸ™‚

  90. Hi Kalyn, I used to put your recipes in my zip list recipe box and I had a little bookmark on my tool bar. I understand we can now use epicurious recipe box-which I have also-but I don't know what icon to use for automatically transfering it/=. Is there one?
    Thanks

  91. I'm really glad I found your site! I made your Spicy Sauteed Chickpeas Recipe with Ground Beef and Cilantro tonight. It turned out great! I added sun-dried tomatoes and lime to put my own twist on it. I found a few more recipes of yours I want to start out with and I can only imagine how many more I will make. Thank you for sharing your journey!

  92. I just found your site searching summer soups. It all looks fantastic. Looking forward to digging deeper.

  93. I love this blog so much and it's been a great resource. I was wondering if you were ever considering making some of the recipes into a e-cookbook (or if you already have one and I just have failed to find it)?

    • Renee Claire, thanks for the nice feedback. I've turned down a few offers to do a paper cookbook, because I figured why would people buy it when they can get the recipes for free on the blog. But I have been giving serious thought to doing a "Best of Kalyn's Kitchen" type e-book. Maybe if I could find a good person to help with the project because I can barely keep up with my blogs right now as it is.

  94. Hi Kalyn…I go to your every week for new ideas. I'm not sure if I'd written you before but I just wanted to say AGAIN how much I love your site. I love the recipes, the pictures, the humor in the writing AND most of all (I think) is all the links you post to help with the references. So glad you created this site…and so glad I found it!!! Keep up the GREAT work, it's really appreciated!!

    PS…I don't like to cook…but your recipes are SO easy!!! <3

  95. I just recently discovered the K. Kitchen blog and signed up for the daily e-mails. Great recipes! I saw your "Shop Amazon And Support This Site" phrase on the r.h. side of the page, but didn't see a clickable link. I'll be placing an order with them soon and wanted to start via your site. Other sites that I support each have links to Amazon that I've actually bookmarked, so that whenever I start an order I just review my list, select one bookmark and off we go to shop!
    Thanks – also just signed up for your slow cooker blog!
    Steve

  96. Hi Kalyn, what a great website and amazing recipes!! My husband loves the Broccoli, Ham, and Mozzarella Baked with Eggs recipe that I cooked last weekend :)))

  97. Hi there! I enjoy your blog and would like to ask you a question about it over email, could you let me know where to reach you?

  98. Kalyn,
    Is there any way to turn off the Blogher pop-up that comes up at the bottom of every page. It is so annoying and dissuades me from visiting your site. I can understand if it pops up on the home page, but to have it pop up on every page you navigate to on this site is just not very friendly. If there's a way to stop it, please let me know.

    • I'm sorry it bothers you, but I have no plans to get rid of that ad. If I didn't have ads on the blog I'd have to accept money to promote products, and that's something I'm just not willing to do.

  99. Hello Kalyn, Such great recipes and bravo for your organizational skills and hard work. Somewhat like you, I lost 30 pounds on low carbing (started with SBD and switched to Atkins) and I attribute much of it to being able to cook and make my own meals. On another note, I love legumes and miss them so one idea is to use canned black soybeans. To soften the texture, I drain, rinse and freeze in a Ziplock bag. I pull out a couple tablespoons when I need them and add to salads, taco mix, etc. Some of my local supermarkets carry them but sometimes, I need to go to a health food store. The brand I use is Eden. Thanks again for all your hard work and your great recipes.

  100. Just stumbled across your site while looking for SBD recipes. I don't really like to cook and hate "planning" meals especially when they are specific to a particular way of eating. It looks like I found the jackpot with your site/recipes. Thanks so much for sharing all of this!!

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