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Inspiration Station: How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days

The Dish:

Dating a vegetarian could be a deal breaker for a guy (it may even be one for me) so Andie tells Ben she doesn’t eat meat to scare him away…and then scarfs a hot dog in the back of the hippy restaurant after crying to the waitress that her boyfriend thinks she’s fat. It’s enough to drive away any dude. I always hope I come off as the cool girl Andi really is – the one who can take down a burger and likes sports but can wear the heck out of a dress. But just in case you have a ::gasp:: vegetarian friend, you, like Andie, should pretend to like the meat-free meals. Thankfully, you won’t have to fake liking this farro bowl, inspired by Andi and Ben’s meal but looking and tasting much better than the gruel they eat.

farro bowl

Start with farro as your base (I found a quick cooking kind at Trader Joe’s – only took 10 minutes!). In a pan, saute portobello or cremini mushrooms, garlic, fresh spinach (or kale), and shredded/julienned carrots. I also wanted to add zucchini but the store was out and it turns out I didn’t need it. Top it all off with a drizzle of avocado crema (avocado, sour cream, and cayenne, blended) and some salt and pepper. I was a slave to bad lighting and a faulty piping bag so my bowl doesn’t look picture perfect, but it tasted great.

The Doodads:

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  1. You’ll need an easy to care for plant so your love fern doesn’t die.  If you’re like me and don’t have a green thumb, check out Apartment Therapy’s list of hard to kill plants.  My fave is the ZZ plant.
  2. Get a fun deck of cards for family games of B.S like these by Jonathan Adler.
  3. Ben loves that Andie likes the Knicks and she looks pretty killer rocking a jersey instead of a slinky dress for their date.  Nowadays, the Nets are a hot NYC team and that black jersey would look pretty good.
  4. Andie makes sure puppy Krull the Warrior King is decked out in bling (“just a little frosting”).  It’s always good to give your dog a fun collar but I would gravitate towards a bow tie instead of diamonds, like this one I found on Etsy
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