Ikea, a popular furniture store which just so happens to sell food items like hot dogs, is finally delivering a vegan alternative. Ikea opened their popular, hot dog cart over 37 years ago, and last month they decided to debut a veggie hot dog at their U.K. locations. The launch of this vegan dog was so successful, selling over 1 million hot dogs to date, that they decided to bring it over to the United States. Next time you are shopping at Ikea for ready to assemble furniture, you can now purchase a vegan dog from their hot dog cart!
Their new veggie dog is made with wholesome ingredients like kale, carrots, ginger, and red lentils, and omits seven times less carbon dioxide emissions than its meat counterpart. Michael La Cour, director at IKEA Food Services, explains that, “We are facing many challenges in the food production industry today and one of those challenges is that we need to be more sustainable. We the global reach that we have at Ikea we believe that we have a responsibility and a great opportunity to serve food that is good for the planet.”
Not only is Ikea reducing its carbon footprint by debuting a more sustainable hot dog, but they are also implementing a food waste solution to reduce waste by 50%. In the year 2017 alone, over 200,000 kilograms of food was saved through their waste solution program, or 865 tons of carbon emissions.
It’s amazing to see a company putting forth sustainable solutions in an effort to reduce their impact on our environment!
Want to make your own vegan dog?
Stop on over to Ikea for a veggie dog, or try making one in your own kitchen! We’ve got some tasty recipes from our Food Monster App to help inspire you!
Spicy Veggie Dogs
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Carrot Hot Dogs
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These Carrot Hot Dogs by Casey Muir Taylor taste surprisingly like the real thing because they are marinated to perfect and cooked on a skillet until deliciously brown. They are also inexpensive to make, and very healthy!
Hot Dog with Apple Mustard Compote and Vanilla Pickled Onion
These Hot Dog with Apple Mustard Compote and Vanilla Pickled Onion by Trine Rask are extra gourmet and a perfect example of how creative condiments can take an ordinary dish to the next level!
For more recipes, we recommend downloading our Food Monster App, which is available for both Android and iPhone and can also be found on Instagram and Facebook. The app has more than 10,000 plant-based, allergy-friendly recipes, and subscribers gain access to new recipes every day. Check it out!
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