My new pen pal sent me the best ultimate veggie bowl recipe, and I’m a card-carrying carnivore who loved it.
The last time I had a pen pal, I was 13 years old. I found a 13-year-old girl with the exact same name as me on Prodigy (remember that? I’m dating myself here), and we started writing actual letters to each other. We quickly realized our name was all we had in common.
Fast-forward to 2018, and Sweat Pink and Eggland’s Best paired me up with a new pen pal, Nic, for a recipe exchange. She’s a Portland-based yoga teacher and blogs over at Deep Thoughts in Overalls, and her Instagram feed is the most calming, inspiring collection of photos ever. (Oh, and we’ve crowed together at BlogFest, and I can’t wait to see her in June!)
Anyway. Nic’s a vegetarian with all the gluten, and I’m a carnivore with none of the gluten. Somehow, she managed to take that and provide me with an ultimate veggie bowl recipe full of healthy carbs, veggies, and protein via the eggs. And you know what? This card-carrying carnivore was so happy. I love the flexibility of this recipe; I can use whatever grains and leafy greens I fancy. I’m not a kale girl, so I went straight for the spring mix. I also felt like quinoa for this round, but next time I might go with brown rice. I also love that it makes two servings; I might have used the leftovers the next day and added roast chicken. I could see this being a regular rotation in my lunches. It’s so versatile and delicious!
I really loved this pen pal project. I feel like, so often, we just like and comment “good job!” on each others’ posts on social media. But connecting over recipes? I’m part Italian, so food is a huge way for me to bond with new people. Add in the Sweat Pink factor and healthy recipes, and I feel like there’s such a great opportunity to deepen our connections with each other.
(By the way, if you’re wondering what recipe I sent Nic? 30 Minute Ramen at Home – it’s way healthier and way tastier than the stuff I used to eat on my meager college budget. It has none of the meat and all of the gluten.)