Anyone else drooling? (Picture: Ikea)Us veggie and vegan comfort food lovers are living in wonderful times.
We already have the joy of Greggs vegan sausage rolls. McDonald’s seems to be slowly rolling out more vegan options.
And now, finally, Ikea is working on a meatless version of their classic meatballs – also known as the best part of every furniture shopping experience.
To be clear, Ikea does already offer veggie balls, but these aren’t at all meat-like. Instead they’re mashed up chickpeas, carrots, peas, peppers, sweetcorn, and kale rolled into balls. Perfectly fine, but not fooling anyone.
What they’re working on now is a new version of vegan meatballs, that look and taste like meat but are entirely free of any animal products.
So you’ll be able to get the full Ikea experience of meatballs, mash, and lingonberry jam without compromising your moral integrity.
The new meatless meatballs will be crafted from a plant-based alternative protein, made in collaboration with some of the leading suppliers of vegan protein in the industry.
Imagine this, but vegan (Carlos Osorio/Toronto Star via Getty Images)Apparently Ikea is already at the taste-testing stages, so while we don’t know when exactly we’ll be able to get out paws on those tasty vegan balls, we’re hopeful they’ll be coming soon.
Ikea plans to serve the vegan meatballs in all of its restaurants globally, too, so you won’t have to plan a trip to Sweden just to sample them.
In a press release, managing director at Ikea Food Services Michael La Cour said: ‘It is a really exciting industry! Looking at the quality of the products that we have been tasting I am looking forward to serve a delicious plant based meatball made from alternative protein atIkea.
‘I hope that the many meatball lovers out there will like it as well.
‘We know that the Ikea meatballs are loved by the many people and for years the meatballs have been the most popular dish in our restaurants.
‘We see a growing demand from our customers to have access to more sustainable food options and we want to meet thatneed.
‘Our ambition is to make healthier and more sustainable eating easy, desirable and affordable without compromising on taste and texture.’
Michael adds that the first customer facing tests of the new plant-based meatballs are planned for early 2020. If all goes well, they should be on our plates next year.
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