Over half (59%) of consumers say they eat a meatless meal at least once a week, according to Technomic’s 2017 Center of the Plate: Seafood & Vegetarian Consumer Trend Report, powered by Ignite. Read on for four plant-based dishes heating up on menus.
1. Barbecue jackfruit
At Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill., District Executive Chef Chris Studtmann puts a vegan spin on a traditional pulled pork slider with jackfruit. Studtmann sautees shredded jackfruit and combines it with barbecue sauce to create slider filling that has a similar taste and mouthfeel to pulled pork.
2. Plant-based breakfast
At the Skillet, a Southern concept at Duke University in Durham, N.C., students can enjoy a new vegan breakfast menu with items such as vegan pancakes, a tofu scramble and quinoa oatmeal made with almond milk and topped with granola, brown sugar and honey.
3. Rotating burgers
Students at Central Michigan University in Mount Pleasant, Mich., were able to enjoy a rotating selection of black bean-based burgers in April. For one week, dining halls served a different type of black bean burger each day. Students got to try options such as Greek- and Mexican-themed burgers and a Cool Sriracha burger.
4. Ceviche sans fish
GLAM Vegan, a restaurant concept in Miami, turned to watermelon when creating a fish alternative for its ceviche. Along with watermelon, the dish also includes avocado, choclo, red onion, coconut milk, lime and cilantro.