Last year, Scandinavian Airlines began a new sustainability initiative to serve fresh, locally sourced food on all their flights. The new menu, dubbed ‘New Nordic by SAS’ featured nordic specialities grown organically and locally received ‘Best in-flight meal packaging” in the Travel Top 50, 2018/2019 survey.

Not content to rest on their laurels, Scandinavian Airlines took their whole foods initiative to the next level. As of last weekend, the New Nordic in flight meal will feature a vegan menu. According to Scandinavian, passengers will be able to enjoy ‘thyme roasted Hallestad mushrooms with a lentil and beet flavored wheat salad tossed with black beans from Oland and tarragon, sliced golden beetroot and hummus made of yellow Vretart pea from Bjalosa, served with parsley vinaigrette and vinegar roasted buckwheat’.

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The airline will test the new menu over the next two weeks to gauge interest, and see how it fares against the traditional menu. Diners will still have the option of eating the regular menu if they choose, but the plant-based menu is expected to be successful.

“Sustainability is a main focus for SAS and as we see an increasing interest in a plant-based diet in the society, it is important to have a vegan dish on a trial as one of the regular meals“ said Karl Sandlund, Executive Vice President Commercial.

With brands like Pepsi and Sodexo dipping toes into the plant-based food market, corporations that once seemed immune to the vegan craze are now making the switch. Time will tell whether or not this vegan airline menu will stand the test of time, but if recent developments are any indication, the menu may just be an idea whose time has come.

Scandinavian Specialties! 

Of course, you don’t have to hop a flight to Reykjavik to get some delicious scandinavian vegan food. Check out these tasty Nordic recipes, courtesy of the Food Monster App.

Sauteed Mushroom Farro

Sauteed Mushroom Farro

Source: Sauteed Mushroom Farro

This is such a hearty side to any dish, and it’s also easy to make! Sauteed mushrooms, nutty farro, and fragrant thyme are mixed together to make this Sauteed Mushroom Farro by Maggie Jones perfect for a chilly day when you need something comforting!

Swedish Mushroom Meatballs 

Source: Swedish Mushroom Meatballs 

Making the perfect veggie meatball is an art and the secret is seasoning. These Swedish Mushroom Meatballs are blended with fragrant onions, garlic, nutritional yeast for cheesiness, Sriracha, savory liquid aminos, and a few other spices. After being formed and baked until crispy, these meatballs are tossed in a creamy cashew sauce which tastes amazing over mashed potatoes, noodles, or rice.By Cruelty Free Family.

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Swedish Savory Sandwich Cake 

swedish cake

Source: Swedish Savory Sandwich Cake 

The non-vegan versions of this cake are usually made with different variations of sandwich meats, cheese, and shrimp as toppings, layered with patés and other creamy fillings. Emma Björkman‘s Swedish Savory Sandwich Cake  has a smoked “ham” layer and a veggie-paté layer. A sandwich cake can be decorated however you want to and whatever way you like; let your imagination run free!

If you enjoy recipes like this, we highly recommend downloading the Food Monster App, it’s available for both Android and iPhone and has free and paid versions. The app is loaded with thousands of allergy-friendly & vegan recipes/cooking tips, has hundreds of search filters and features like bookmarking, meal plans and more! The app shows you how having diet/health/food preferences can be full of delicious abundance rather than restrictions!

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