VfL Publications

Celebrate St David’s Day

Celebrate St David’s Day

Published in March, 2016

The first of March is the feast day of St David, the patron saint of Wales. In Wales and all over the world, Welsh men and women gather together and celebrate St David and all things Welsh through concerts, dinner and processions.

Historic tales suggest that St David was a vegetarian who ate only bread, herbs and vegetables and who just drank water. For this reason he is known as the patron saint of vegetarians and vegans!

So, to help you celebrate St David’s Day and the early days of Spring we’ve put together some delicious heart-warming vegetarian recipes.

Primary Audience

​This booklet is aimed at anyone celebrating St David’s Day, the arrival of Spring, vegetarianism, and all things Welsh!

eBites Winter 2015

eBites Winter 2015

Published in December, 2015

​Winter 2015 edition of Vegetarian for Life’s electronic magazine.

Primary Audience

This publication is aimed at older vegetarians and vegans and those who cater for them.

Cooking for One

Cooking for One

Published in October, 2015

​Cooking for one is often the reality for many older people. So we have developed this recipe booklet especially for senior vegetarians and vegans who cook for themselves. Most of these ‘no-fuss’ recipes are easy to make. As well as recipes, we’ve included a sample menu planner, and a section on ingredients that might be unfamiliar to some readers. There’s also a refresher on nutrition, a guide to useful equipment, and some useful resources, including details of our grants scheme.

Primary Audience

​This publication is aimed at senior vegetarians and vegans or those who cater for them.

Vintage

Vintage

Published in October, 2015

New magazine exclusively for older vegetarians and vegans.

Primary Audience

​This publication is aimed at senior vegetarians and vegans.

Dinners to your Door

Dinners to your Door

Published in March, 2015

Having ready meals delivered directly to your home has become an increasingly popular choice for many people across the UK – particularly those who are more frail. Dinners to your Door shows it’s possible to enjoy the convenience of these meals without having to compromise your vegetarian or vegan principles.

Primary Audience

An estimated 300,000 older people in the UK are vegetarian or vegan. While most of these are in glowing health and still cook for themselves, others may be more vulnerable. Vegetarian for Life’s 2014 survey suggests that around 6,500 older vegetarians and vegans live in care homes. Others rely on community meals services, such as ‘meals on wheels’, as a lifeline to living independently.

The versatility and convenience of the meals featured in this guide will also appeal to individuals who don’t need support with meals. Available either chilled, frozen or even freeze-dried they easily can match your lifestyle – less waste and less strain on your budget!

Easter Treats

Easter Treats

Published in March, 2015

All around the world Easter is celebrated as a time of new life and fresh beginnings. We hope that we have captured this feeling of optimism with some delicious and refreshing recipes to help all of your residents celebrate Easter and the arrival of Spring.

Primary Audience

Older vegetarians and vegans and those who cater for them.

A Taste of South Asia

A Taste of South Asia

Published in October, 2014

Diwali is the Hindu festival of lights, celebrated by Hindus in Britain and all over the world, and also by Jains and Sikhs. We are pleased to provide a few South Asian recipes to mark the occasion. We’ve given them a healthy twist so they can be enjoyed all year round.

Primary Audience

Recipe guide that offers vegetarians and vegans a delicious and healthy way to celebrate Diwali.

Catering Guide

Catering Guide

Published in May, 2014

32-page practical guide for care homes, retirement schemes, and others catering for older people. Outlines why anyone becomes vegetarian or vegan and contains catering tips for busy cooks and a 4-week menu planner.

Primary Audience

The Guide primarily provides advice for those catering for older people. It includes an introduction by Rose Elliot, our patron, lots of practical advice, recipe ideas, a menu planner and a section on health and nutrition.

Cooking on a Budget

Cooking on a Budget

Published in May, 2013

32-page guide for older adults who are adjusting to living to a pension… or who are just money-saving scrimpers! Packed with practical tips for smart shopping and cooking on a budget. Explains how to make real savings by planning, savvy shopping and cooking, and sensible storage. Recipes throughout.

Primary Audience

We realised that many people are struggling in today’s economic climate, particularly older people, and thought a few helpful tips and recipes would be a useful resource. The booklet is aimed at older vegetarians and vegans but will be helpful to anyone wanting to save money at the same time as enjoying their food.

Better for All

Better for All

Published in April, 2012

Our short guide for caterers. Explains why providing a few veggie options on your menu can be better for everyone – and could even save you money.

Primary Audience

This leaflet lists some of the benefits of increasing the number of vegetarian and vegan dishes provided to older people both in a care and home setting.

Nutrition Guidelines

Nutrition Guidelines

Published in May, 2011

Concise 8-page booklet for older adults or those who care for them. Outlines the nutritional needs of older adults, including those living in care homes or hospitals. Contains answers to frequently asked questions, such as how to stimulate appetite or boost nutrient intake, and good sources of protein for those on soft or puréed food diets.

Primary Audience

​This publication is aimed at older vegetarians and vegans who would like to know more about nutrition.

Vegetarian Living

Vegetarian Living

Published in October, 2009

40-page healthy-living handbook for older vegetarians, or those who care for them. Features easy recipes for one (and more than one), information on food and healthy eating for older vegetarians, and housing and care advice.

Primary Audience

  • Older vegetarians and vegans—especially those well into their retirement years and who live independently, including in retirement schemes
  • Their families and friends
  • And others involved with their support and care