When most people think of IKEA, they think of strange-sounding, tongue-twisting Swedish furniture names (with no shortage of umlauts), that one dresser everyone has, and, of course, Swedish meatballs under a thick coating of gravy. Definitely not vegetables.
But that's about to change because IKEA's famed meatballs are finally going vegan. Tomorrow, the GRÖNSAKSBULLAR will debut in the company's U.S. restaurants nationwide (except Carson, CA, for some reason). They're completely meat, gluten, soy, dairy and GMO-free. They even have kale in them.
Along with everyone's favorite cruciferous vegetable, the "veggie balls" are made with chickpeas, pea starch, carrots, corn, red bell peppers, seasonings, onion, and canola oil, and they're served over a sweet potato sauce. You can get 10 of 'em for $4.49. And, so IKEA claims, the meatless ball is more sustainable than the original version.
But is it actually better for you? Check out the nutritional labels, side by side: