I’ll always remember the first time I tried Ikea veggie balls in the cafeteria, for there was tears involved. Not my tears but tears of a little nine-year old who had his heart set on Ikea meatballs for lunch that day and whether or not there was anything for the vegan in the family was not a consideration.
The day was saved when I vaguely remembered that Ikea had introduced a vegan version of their famous meatballs, officially called GRÖNSAKSBULLAR (Swedish for vegetable balls). Made from just vegetables including chickpeas, peas, carrots, red peppers, corn, kale, pea protein, onions and spices, they’re actually quite tasty. And they’re vegan, soy-free and gluten-free too. You can taste and see the vegetable pieces.
Besides enjoying the plate of 10 veggie balls in store for $4.49, you can also take home a 2.2-lb frozen bag of them for $7.99. Already precooked, they’re easy enough to simply re-heat in the microwave or oven.
My at-home plate only had 9 veggie balls as that’s the serving size stated on the back of the bag. Instead of the sweet potato sauce and steamed vegetables it’s served with in-store, I made a gravy out of nothing but pureed vegetables from Tyler Florence’s Inside the Test Kitchen cookbook. Served with coconut milk mashed potatoes and kale.
Supposedly, the veggie ball ingredients will switch based on the season. I haven’t seen a different ingredient list yet but I did grab one of the last frozen bags at my local Ikea, so maybe the next shipment will be a different vegetable blend. If I’m anywhere near the area, I’ll brave the maze that is Ikea just to get the veggie balls again.
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Tyler Florence Inside the Test Kitchen