Welcome to Guliash Girl! I am a 28 year old student living in Kitchener – Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. My interest in food is both personal and professional. I am a passionate cook as well as a social worker and geography student with an interest in food security and sustainability.

I could easily market this as a vegetarian or even vegan blog, but that is not my intention. Yes, I cook mostly meat and dairy free meals, but I try not to subscribe to the ‘always or never’ principle. When other people cook for me or I go out to eat, I eat meat. I choose to cook mostly without meat for financial, environmental, sustainability and animal rights reasons, but I wouldn’t want to add to the huge mountain of dialogue in that area that shames people into eating a certain way.

The truth is that not everyone has the privilege or desire to avoid processed food or animal products. If you have a low income or rely on community food banks for the majority of your food, it is challenging eat healthy, let alone sustainably. If you are working full-time and you’re raising a family, you often won’t have the time or energy to devote to making a meal entirely from scratch or heading out to the farmer’s markets on the weekend to find local foods. If you are living with disabilities or a lack of mental wellness, cooking complicated meals that take dexterity, skills and time can be a challenge.

My hope is to promote recipes that are easy, quick and relatively healthy using items that are common, affordable and simple. I will use more expensive food items from time to time, but I will endeavour to give options for cheaper or easier ways to complete the recipe. I am looking to showcase some accessible, easy choices that most people can use.

I will organize recipes by ‘spoon’. One spoon recipes require lower effort and should take a half hour or less. Two spoon recipes take a moderate effort but should still be complete in under one hour. Three spoon recipes are more complicated and could take longer than an hour to complete. These are all subjective and what is easy for some people will be challenging for others. What might take me a half hour, could take another person much longer. I recognize that and will endeavour to explain the recipes well so you can decide if you think you have enough time and energy to try them that day.

Organizing the recipes by number of spoons is an easy, relatable way to scale the difficulty of each one. While it sounds similar, is not a direct reflection of the Spoon Theory by Christine Miserandino and is not necessarily translatable. I do recommend you check out her work here as it is brilliant.

I am not a nutritionist or a chef! I am a person who loves cooking and food and believes in sustainability when possible. I believe in food justice, that food is a human right and that everyone should have access to good food. I believe that people experiencing food insecurity, people who are extremely busy and tired, and those who have other barriers to healthy eating and cooking should have resources and tips for providing food to themselves and their families.

If you have suggestions or ideas for the blog, or if you would like to do a guest post please contact me at laine@guliashgirl.com. I want this to be a resource that people actually use and would love to hear how you think things could be done differently or better. Please reach out.

Happy cooking,