Fast Food Plant-Based

Chipotle Testing Plant-Based Chorizo

As many fast food restaurants like Pizza Hut and Burger King look to offer more plant-based options, Chipotle is following suit by testing a new plant-based chorizo.

This new meatless option is made up of ancho chili and chipotle peppers, tomato paste, crushed garlic, Spanish smoked paprika, extra virgin olive oil, and peas. The new offering is being tested in a limited area and timeframe, with Denver and Indianapolis locations participating from August 19 to August 29.

You can even try the plant-based chorizo with free delivery during this trial period.

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Impossible Sausage Launches In The Retail Market

Plant-based options continue to gain ground in normalizing their place in more home kitchens. Adding to that is Impossible Sausage, which originally launched last year in select restaurants, but will now be made more widely available to consumers.

Launching in two flavors, Savory and Spicy, folks can now purchase Impossible Sausage at select retail stores nationally, including Safeway, Kroger, Stop & Shop and more, starting this week.

Impossible Sausage has 30% fewer calories, 47% less total fat, 43% less saturated fat, and four times more iron, compared to the leading pork ground sausage. And with more individuals making dining choices with the planet’s well-being in mind, it’s important to note that Impossible Sausage generates far less greenhouse gas emissions than sausage from pigs and uses 79% less water and 41% less land than sausage from pigs.

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Pizza Hut Introducing Beyond Meat Pepperoni Pizza

Beyond Meat is really out here dominating the plant-based scene with another key partnership with Pizza Hut. The result is a plant-based Beyond Pepperoni Pizza that will launch today at nearly 70 Pizza Hut locations across the US.

Beyond Pepperoni Pizza is the first of its kind offering for both brands and pizza fans in Albany, New York; Columbus and Macon, Georgia; Houston, Texas; and Jacksonville, Florida can be the first to try this new innovation from Pizza Hut and Beyond Meat.

Beyond Pepperoni Pizza is only available for a limited time and at a select number of locations so far, so check here for all participating Pizza Hut restaurants.

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Baja Fresh Introduces Three New Impossible Plant-Based Options

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Three new Impossible Foods plant-based items are gracing Baja Fresh Mexican Grill’s menu.

Impossible Foods has been one of the leaders in the plant-based meat industry, collaborating with various fast food and fast-casual chains to help spread awareness of vegan options to a wider audience. The company’s latest partnership with Baja Fresh yields the following three new items:

  • Impossible Taco Combo: Three tacos with grilled corn tortillas filled with Impossible meat, shredded lettuce, pico de gallo, guacamole, Baja salsa, and Cotija cheese. Served with a side of black or pinto beans and Baja rice.
  • Fuego Impossible Burrito: Melted jack cheese, guacamole, black beans, Impossible meat, Diablo salsa, Six Chiles salsa, pico de gallo, pickled jalapeños, shredded lettuce and sour cream, all wrapped in a soft flour tortilla.
  • Impossible Bowl: Baja rice topped with roasted veggies, Impossible meat, sour cream, avocado, pico de gallo and tortilla strips.

All three of these new plant-based Impossible meat options can be found at all participating Baja Fresh locations for a limited time only.

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Crafty Counter Gears Up For Launch of Wundereggs, Billed as the First Plant-Based RTE Boiled Eggs

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While the niche market of plant-based eggs already has scrambled egg applications covered via an assortment of brands, Crafty Corner will soon be entering the space with Wundereggs, a product that’s billed as the first plant-based ready to eat (RTE) boiled eggs, according to FoodNavigator-USA.

The Wundereggs are gluten free, soy free, grain free, and dairy free, and will be sold in packs of two plant-based boiled eggs. These ‘eggs’ are treated with high pressure processing (HPP), which give them a shelf life of 90-120 days. As for what they’re made up of, the egg white contains nuts and agar, while the yolk uses nuts, turmeric, and black salt.

Plant-based brand Crafty Counter, best-known for its frozen lentil- and bean-based bites – has developed these industry first ready-to-eat plant-based boiled eggs, which it hopes to launch late this year or early next year.

Further product details can be found here.

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This Vegan Shawarma Straight From Lebanon Is A Plant-Based Dream

“Vegan shawarma is an insult, just have a salad,” was the first comment left on this photo from @nogarlicnonions‘ Instagram account. A bit puzzling since shawarma is, for the most part, beloved, and to have it as a plant-based option for even more folks to enjoy would be an even bigger win for everyone.

So I’m pretty sure that’s what Furn El Sabaya out in Amchit, Lebanon was going for when offering their vegan shawarma on the menu. As a plant-based lifestyle keeps growing globally, so does the number of options that cater to vegans, vegetarians, and everyone else in between looking for a change of pace from meat.

And it seems a plant-based lifestyle has resonated strongly in Lebanon, where Hayek Hospital in Beirut was recently the world’s first hospital to serve a 100% vegan menu.

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Long John Silver’s Launches First Plant-Based Options With Good Catch

Plant-based options continue to widen their reach, as seafood chain Long John Silver’s has just partnered with plant-based seafood company, Good Catch, to launch two new menu items: Plant-Based Breaded Fish-Free Fillet and Plant-Based Breaded Crab-Free Cake.

For a limited time while supplies last, the below new options will be available at five locations across California and Georgia: 

  • Plant-Based Platter, which includes two Fish-Free Fillets, two Crab-Free Cakes, and two sides.
  • Two plant-based meal options featuring Fish-Free Fillets or Crab-Free Cakes, each served with two sides.
  • Fish-Free Fillets and Crab-Free Cakes as à la carte add-ons to any meal.

Customers in Georgia can visit the Newnan (52 Bullsboro Dr.) location, near Atlanta or the Albany (1805 N. Slappey Drive) location. In California, the offerings will be available in Bakersfield (3801 Ming Ave.), Sacramento (7228 Stockton Blvd), and Clovis (406 W Shaw Ave.).

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Plant-Based Orange Chicken Is Coming To Panda Express Via Beyond Meat

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There’s already a fast-growing market for plant-based American Chinese dishes like Orange Chicken and Honey Walnut Shrimp. Panda Express is taking advantage of that opportunity with a new meat-free version of their legendary Orange Chicken.

Panda teamed up with plant-based meat purveyor Beyond Meat for their new vegan option. Beyond, who just launched their own plant-based tenders, also has meat-free chicken projects ongoing with fast food giants like KFC.

Beyond Meat brought their new plant-based chicken to the collab, while Panda provided their classic Orange Sauce to give the dish its signature flavor without any of the poultry.

For those looking for plant-based side or alternative protein options, Panda recommends any of their sides (Chow Mein, White Rice, Brown Rice, or Veggies) and also has an Eggplant Tofu entree. With this new partnership with Beyond Meat, there’s also an open opportunity for the two to collab more in the future. Plant-based Ma Po Tofu, anyone?

Panda’s plant-based Orange Chicken will be available in select locations in New York and Southern California starting July 26th for a limited time. One can only hope that this will eventually scale to a nationwide, permanent menu item for plant-based or flexitarian consumers.