Kalyn's Kitchen

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

Photo by Derek Smith

What is This Blog 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 original South Beach Diet (affiliate link) and wanted to share my recipes with the world.  Now fast forward over 15 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 is focused on Creative Carb-Conscious Recipes, and you may want to read this post about different diet types and this blog to see how Kalyn’s Kitchen has evolved through the years.

What hasn’t change is the focus on carb-conscious eating and most recipes you’ll find here are low-carb and gluten-free, many are original South Beach Diet friendly and some are Keto, dairy-free, Paleo, Whole 30, and vegetarian or vegan. (If you’re following a certain way of eating you can use the Diet Type Index to see what recipes I have for your particular way of eating. There are also orange diet-type tags at the top of each recipe showing which diets I feel that recipe is suitable for.)

The carb-conscious recipes I like to create are often suitable for weight-loss or controlling blood sugar, even though I am not advocating one specific eating plan. And I’m not a low-carb fanatic and not every single recipe here is ultra low carb, but 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 original South Beach Diet was so life-changing for me, I 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.

What Other Diets are My Recipes Suitable For?
I try to make my blog useful for people following many types of carb-conscious diets.  You can use photo-index pages for the following diet types:

Low Carb  Recipes that are low in carbs and suitable for any type of Low-Carbohydrate Diet.

Can Be 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 original South Beach Diet.

South Beach Diet Phase Two  Recipes for Phase Two of the original 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 Both Vegetarian and Vegan recipes.

Vegan  Recipes with no meat or animal products.

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

Besides the diet-specific categories mentioned above, you can also find categories that show 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. And for people (like me) who like to cook on the weekend and have leftovers to eat during the week, there’s a category for recipes suitable for that called Weekend Food Prep. Check out the entire RECIPE INDEX to see all the different ways to find recipes by diet type, by recipe preparation method, or by ingredient!

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 graphics 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 or Pressure Cooker.

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/SheMedia 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 for quite a few years now I haven’t been 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
Kalyn’s Kitchen Turns Thirteen
Kalyn’s Kitchen Turns 14 (and Kalyn Examines her Bucket List)
Kalyn’s Kitchen Turns 15 (and Three Questions for Readers)

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    212 Comments on “About Kalyn’s Kitchen (How I Lost 42 Pounds and Became a Food Blogger)”

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

  2. 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

  3. 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.

  4. 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!

  5. Hope you enjoy the recipes!

  6. 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! 🙂 Keep up the good work!!


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

  8. 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!

  9. 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!

  10. 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

  11. 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 😀


  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

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

  17. 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.

  18. 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!

  19. 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. 🙂

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