Awesome Vegan Food at IKEA

Meat balls are served in a restaurant of Ikea in Amsterdam on March 23, 2013. Swedish furniture giant Ikea said last week it had started gradually reintroducing meatballs in its restaurants worldwide after horsemeat was found in the product last month.  AFP PHOTO / ANP / MARCEL ANTONISSE netherlands out        (Photo credit should read MARCEL ANTONISSE/AFP/Getty Images)

When I found out that IKEA started serving vegan meatballs, I couldn’t wait to try them. I didn’t need any cost-effective build-your-own furniture, so I decided to make this trip all about one thing: FOOD! I headed straight to the café, where I grabbed a tray and looked at all the wonderful vegan options. The first thing I saw was a surprisingly fancy-looking asparagus salad with cherry tomatoes and mustard-dill sauce. It seriously looked like something I would get at a fine dining restaurant. Next, I saw a sign that said, “Carrot Ginger Soup—Vegan,” which I, of course, had to try. Finally, I got my vegan meatballs, which were served with a cauliflower–sweet potato sauce and mixed vegetables.

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Before leaving, I just had to check out the store’s grocery section for some accidentally vegan goodies. What a haul! I couldn’t believe how many delicious options there were.

IKEA-Vegan-Cart

There was a wide variety of vegan-friendly drinks, cereal, candy, chips, jellies, coffee, crackers, and other snacks—but my favorite find was in the freezer section: Rhubarb & Raspberry Crumble. I couldn’t wait to get home and try it out.

To prepare it, all you need is a baking dish and an oven. It’s that easy!

Raspberry Rhubarb Crumble

I put the frozen berries into four 8-ounce ramekins, then I added the crumble and put the dishes into my preheated oven. What came out was raspberry heaven. No, really. The dish was the perfect balance of tart and sweet. I almost ate all four servings by myself.

So there it is (as if you needed another excuse to go to IKEA).

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