Ikea meatballs are one of the most famous dishes out there thanks to the home decor chain being all over the world and people enjoying a plate of such meatballs after they buy furniture or decide to break up in the store. So now that meat alternatives are very much “in”, the chain announced that we’ll be having plant-based Ikea meatballs in the future.
How do we feel about this? First of all, I’m sorry I projected my own personal issues with couple fights in Ikea, but it is something that happens. And it’s been spoofed in a famous show like 30 Rock.
That was a very relatable episode. But beyond that, the idea of plant-based Ikea meatballs is at the same time pretty great and also a bit weird? If we want to continue living on this planet, then we surely have to eat less meat in the future. Not to mention be kinder to animals.
But you have to admit it’s pretty strange to call something “plant-based” and “meatballs” in the same breath, right? Ikea had already introduced a dish called “veggie balls” in 2015 and that sounds like a much better name for that context.
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No matter what I think, though, I guess the Swedish chain wanted to capitalize on brand recognition so I’m expecting this to work out well for them. “We see a growing demand from our customers to have access to more sustainable food options and we want to meet that need,” managing director at Ikea Food Services AB Michael La Cour said in a statement. “Our ambition is to make healthier and more sustainable eating easy, desirable, and affordable, without comprising on taste and texture.”
Ikea also mentions that they’re “collaborating with some of the leading suppliers within the industry doing the first tests and tastings of the plant-based alternative protein meatball”. We hope the results will be good.
The chain wants to add plant-based Ikea meatballs in their menus sometime next year.