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Ingredients Frequently Used in Kalyn’s Kitchen

(For a few years now I’ve been featuring ingredients I love as Kalyn’s Kitchen Picks. When I started doing that feature I quit updating this page, but kept it here for people who refer to it. You can check that list for a more complete list of things I’m using in my kitchen.)

Ingredients listed on this page are out-of-the-ordinary products I love to use in my kitchen. When the company has a website, I’ve given a link to online information about the product. (Links to the products at Amazon.com are provided in case you can’t find these ingredients where you live. Kalyn’s Kitchen does earn a few cents on the dollar if you order a product through Amazon.com links. Thanks!)

If there are other products I mention in recipes that you can’t find in your store, let me know in the comments.

Dreamfield’s Pasta
A delicious low-carb pasta with only 5 carbs per serving.
Read more about the glycemic index of Dreamfields Pasta at their website.
Order Dreamfields Pasta from Amazon.com.

Spike Seasoning
An all-purpose seasoning, especially good on vegetables.
Read about Spike Seasoning from Kalyn.
Read about or order Spike Seasoning from Modern Products Website.
Order Spike Seasoning from Amazon.com.

A blend of dried vegetables and salt used as a seasoning.
Read about or order Vege-Sal from Modern Products website.
Order Vege-Sal from Amazon.com.

Agave Nectar
Agave nectar is a completely natural low-glycemic sweetener.
Read about Agave Nectar on Wikipedia.
Order Agave Nectar on Amazon.com.

Bob’s Red Mill Products
Bob’s Red Mill has a number of products I love, including the 100% whole wheat bread mix and the almond flour. They sell a number of Gluten-Free products for people who can’t eat gluten.
Read about or order Bob’s Red Mill products from their website.
Order Bob’s Red Mill from Amazon.com.

Cardini’s Salad Dressing
I love Cardini’s salad dressings, most of which are sugar-free.
Read about Cardini’s Caesar from Kalyn.
Read about or order Cardini’s Salad Dressing from their website.
Order Cardini’s Salad Dressing from Amazon.com.

Uncle Ben’s Converted Rice
Uncle Ben’s Converted Rice (not the instant or microwavable kind) is the lowest-glycemic type of white rice.
Read about Uncle Ben’s Converted Rice from Kalyn.
Read about Uncle Ben’s Converted Rice and get coupons from their website.
Order Uncle Ben’s Converted Rice from Amazon.com.

Fini Balsamic Vinegar
This isn’t the most expensive balsamic vinegar you can buy, but it’s my favorite.
Read about or order Fini Balsamic Vinegar from Zabars.
Order Fini Balsamic Vinegar from Amazon.com.

I consider Splenda to be safe, especially in the small amounts I use it in recipes. It is readily available in grocery stores in the U.S.
Read about Splenda at their website.
You can order Splenda from Amazon.com if you have trouble finding it.

Penzeys Spices
I love Penzey’s spices! They have a huge variety of individual spices and herbs, as well as spice and herb blends. Penzeys has over 250 products, but some of my favorites are Greek Seasoning, Pork Chop Seasoning, Cracked Rosemary, Poultry Seasoning, Sweet and Hot Curry Powder, Sweet and Sharp Hungarian Paprika, and Ground Chipotle Pepper. (No, they are not paying me a commission. I just love their products.)
Order Penzey’s Spices from their website.

Pride of Szeged Products
I love the seasoning rubs made by Pride of Szeged, especially the fish rub and steak rub. This is a Hungarian company which also makes Paprika. They don’t seem to have a website, and sometimes I can’t find these products in Utah but a few place sell them online.
Order Szeged Fish Rub from Amazon.com.
Order Szeged Chicken Rub from Amazon.com.
Order Szeged Steak Rub from Amazon.com.
Order Pride of Szeged Fish Rub and Steak rub from GermanDeli.com.

Muir Glen Organic Tomatoes

I love Muir Glen organic tomato products such as diced tomatoes, pasta sauce, and pizza sauce.

Read about Muir Glen products on their website, which has a “store locator” to help you find where they are sold in your area. In Utah, I can get the diced tomatoes at Costco.
You can also order Muir Glen Organic Tomatoes from Amazon.com if you can’t find them where you live..


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20 comments on “Ingredients Frequently Used in Kalyn’s Kitchen”

  1. Joyous56, you are kind to think of that. If you start your purchase with a search through the box on my site or a product where I've provided the Amazon link, I will always get credit. I don't think it can be retroactive, but no worries about that. And thanks!

  2. Kalyn, I've followed your site for quite awhile, and it's always 'up' in my browser, so I can see your latest recipe.

    I ordered the Spike seasoning and I love it. I also ordered the Muir Glen roasted diced tomatoes, and have now got a quarterly standing order.

    I would like to make sure you get some credit for my purchases through Amazon. What can I do to make sure this happens….and can I do it retrospectively?

    Many thanks for all your good, tasty ideas!

  3. Linda, haven't ever seen that here but will watch for it.

  4. Hi Kalyn,
    I'm chiming in on spices. I use a product called Johnny's "Jamaica Me Crazy" salt. It is hard to find at the grocery store, but it is available on Amazon. I use it on eggs, fish, chicken etc. I highly recommend it.

  5. Anonymous, the easiest way for you to find this information would be to enter "Costco" into the search bar. Then you'd find every post where I mentioned I bought something at Costco (there will be a lot of them!)

  6. Kalyn I have noticed several times you mention shopping at Costco. I was wondering what items you typically buy at Costco that support your SBD lifestyle. I love Costco as well and am starting
    P1 in the next few days. The first time I did P1 (3years ago) I stumbled upon your website and it was the first place I headed when I decided to give it another go. Thanks

  7. Deb, glad to hear you are enjoying the recipes. I chose the South Beach Diet to manage my weight because I didn't want to have to calculate carbs, points, calories, etc., so if you need that type of information you will have to calculate it yourself.

  8. Hi
    I love the recipes and information from your Kitchen. I would like to see the nutritional values posted with recipes. Carbs. Fat. Sodium Content and on and on.
    Is that possible?
    Thanks For Sharing With Us.

  9. Anonymous, these are just the spices I use, no reason you need to buy them for the diet. Spike is a general purpose seasoning, so any type of all purpose seasoning could be substituted.

  10. I'm considering doing the South Beach diet. Is it really necessary to buy all the expensive spices? If I don't, then will all my food be bland and boring?

    Also, what is a good substitute for Spike seasoning? I have a soy allergy.

  11. Jeanette, I recently visited Chicago and did make it to Penzeys, as well as The Spice House. Loved the stores! And very fun that my readers are telling you about my love of Penzeys.

  12. Kalyn

    As a Penzeys employee, we appreciate your kind words. I had a customer in the other day who told us about you. She is following the South Beach diet and bought her spices from us. I love Dreamfields pasta too!! Good luck and hope to see you at Penzeys sometime.

  13. Leah, thanks for the nice feedback. Comments like this really make my day!

  14. Your blog is amazing! I love it! You are my #1 source for South Beach recipes. I plan to start South Beach soon. Your blog has equipped me with great Phase 1 recipes to get started. Thank you!


  15. Roberta, that’s interesting that we like so many of the same things. You can see what’s in Spike in this post. I don’t think it’s anything like season salt, much more complex blend of flavors. I haven’t tried the salt-free Spike, but it does sound like it might be better for you.

  16. Hi,K!

    Love your blog. Your listing of favorites is nearly parallel to my pantry…

    Dreamfields: we can eat some pasta again!

    Penzeys: I keep a list of “need to buy,” and when I have several items I need to buy, I place an order. I have a neighbor who loves their spices and herbs, too, so we combine our orders. We’ve done this together for so long, it’s almost eerie how we approach each other and say, “Isn’t it about time to order from Penzey’s?”

    I have a question: This Spike Stuff–what’s in it? How is it different from, say, a Lawry’s seasoning salt, which I’ve always thought was awful. I am hypertensive and have only one kidney, so I don’t use a lot of salt products. Do you recommend their Salt-free variety? Thanks!

  17. Kim, good luck on phase one. Truly I don’t think it’s that hard to find tasty things to eat, you just have to make a mental shift. I haven’t used liquid stevia, but I’ve heard good things about it. I am a huge fan of Agave nectar though, although it’s not for phase one. I think it’s delicious and pretty widely available. I don’t use a lot of Splenda, but do use it once in a while in small amounts.

  18. Hi Kalyn:

    I just found your site and am so encouraged. My husband and I will start phase 1 tomorrow. We both really want to live a healthier lifestyle and end the diet ups and downs…your recipes will certainly help…

    Have you ever used the liquid stevia as a sweetner in any of your recipes…I try to stay away from the other artificial sweetners.

    Thanks and keep it up,


  19. Dawn, the only place I’ve gotten purslane is from my garden; I’ve never seen it for sale, although I’ve heard it’s sold as a salad green in Europe. Sorry I can’t help you.

  20. Hi!

    I am a University of California trained medical ethnobotanist. When I did my Ph.D. field research for two years among the Yucatec Maya I saw they used purslane. Because I was focusing on a particular subset of their medical plant uses I never learned about how they prepared it for regular meals.

    If you have a source for Purslane oleracae which I might buy here in the U. S. I’d love to know and address for the source so that I might try using it meals.

    I would prefer that you not give my e-mail address to others. I am busy enough.

    Thanks in advance for your help.

    Dawn C. Hammond
    Ph.D. Candidate

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