Kalyn, the author behind Kalyn’s Kitchen and Slow Cooker from Scratch, impressively began her blogging journey after having already served for years as a teacher. She is someone with a very down to earth approach who specializes in healthy, low-glycemic and usually simple recipes that are easy to fit into a regular person’s lifestyle.
We are pleased to feature one such recipe of hers, the Three Cheese Zucchini Frittata, for only 5 Points +, and an interview detailing the story behind her blogs and how she became interested in healthier and, in particular, lower glycemic eating.
When did you begin Kalyn’s Kitchen and was the blog always focused on lower glycemic eating?
“I started Kalyn’s Kitchen in April of 2005, after I had lost over 40 pounds on the South Beach Diet and I needed a place to share recipes with friends who were asking for them. My blog has always been focused on low-glycemic eating, but my healthy recipes are often suitable for other eating plans, and many people who follow Weight Watchers tell me that my recipes will work for that as well.”
What did you do before blogging and what motivated you to focus 100% on the blog?
“When I started blogging I was a fourth grade teacher and I managed to teach school and share recipes at Kalyn’s Kitchen from 2005 – 2009, when I was able to retire from teaching and be a full-time food blogger. I loved teaching, but trying to do both things well made it hard to have any kind of social or family life, and I was so happy when I was able to retire and just focus on the blog.”
How did you begin pursuing healthier eating and was this difficult for you? How long did it take you to lose weight?
“Most of my life I was pretty thin, but when I was elected president of my local teachers association and switched to a full-time office job, the four years of sitting in meetings, plus too many indulgent business lunches caused me to gain weight. After I went back to the classroom I really wanted to lose it, and I picked the South Beach Diet because it fit my personal eating preferences better than any other diet. I lost 35 pounds within about six months, and then it took me quite a few months more to lose that last few pounds I was aiming for. Since then I’ve managed to stick pretty close to that weight by going back to Phase One for a week or two when I notice the scale is creeping up. And even though I am not always 100% faithful to South Beach, I find I can maintain my weight pretty well if I stick with it most of the time.”
Why do you think the lower glycemic diet worked so well? Can people on other diets still benefit from lower glycemic recipes?
“I don’t know enough about the science of weight loss to understand exactly why eating low GI foods works so well, I only know that it works! And I truly believe that eating mostly lower-glycemic foods is a healthy way to eat for everyone, especially since weight gain, Type 2 Diabetes, and other weight-related health issues are such a problem for many people in our country. And when you’re keeping your blood sugar constant by eating lower-glycemic foods, you feel great all the time and don’t have the intense hunger you get when you binge on empty carb foods, so those foods make it easier to stick with any type of healthier eating plan.”
I noticed that you also have another blog, Slow Cooker From Scratch. How do you have time to maintain two blogs?
“Good question! Slow Cooker from Scratch is a blog that grew out of my fondness for using the slow cooker to make healthy dishes (not the normal “dump in some meat and a can of soup” slow cooker dishes that are so common.) It’s a curated site, which means I spotlight recipes I find all over the web, including plenty of good ones from LaaLoosh! I could never manage another blog where I had to cook all the recipes and take photos myself, but I have had a lot of fun finding good healthy slow cooker recipes to feature on Slow Cooker from Scratch.”
Do you have a cookbook?
“I don’t have any plans for a cook book (and although I’ve had offers, so far not any that I couldn’t refuse!) I’m not sure I could take the time needed for a cookbook away from Kalyn’s Kitchen, although of course I am not saying never. But truthfully, since I am “retired” I do want to have some free time!”
What’s next for Kalyn’s Kitchen and for you?
“I just completed a re-design of Kalyn’s Kitchen that I’m very excited about; the new design has tabs that sort recipes by category to make it easier for people to find recipes suitable for every type of diet. Kalyn’s Kitchen will continue to feature recipes suitable for the South Beach Diet, but now there are more easy-to-find options for people who eat gluten-free, Paleo, vegan, vegetarian, and low-carb. I moved into a house with the kitchen of my dreams in 2013, and I’m excited to have a place where my enormous extended family can come for parties. Right now I’m actually feeling very content with the blogs and my life, so I guess what’s next is just more of what I’ve enjoyed doing for the last 8 years!”
Three Cheese Zucchini Frittata (Makes 6 Servings for 5 Points+ per Serving)
half of a giant zucchini, about 3 inches across (or use several smaller zucchinis if you don’t have a big one)
1 T olive oil
1 tsp. Italian Herb Blend
1 tsp. Spike Seasoning
8 eggs, well beaten
1/2 cup grated low-fat Mozzarella
1/2 cup crumbled Feta cheese
2 T freshly grated Parmesan cheese
salt and fresh ground pepper to taste
reduced-fat sour cream for serving, optional but good – See more at:
Click here for the full recipe with directions: Kalyn’s Kitchen Three Cheese Zucchini Frittata
Entire recipe makes 6 servings
Serving size is 1/6 of the frittata
Each serving =5 Points +
PER SERVING: 13.6g fat, 2.2g carb, 13.5g protein