Published in February, 2020
Winter 2019/20 edition of Vegetarian for Life’s electronic magazine.
This publication is aimed at older vegetarians and vegans and those who cater for them.
Published in November, 2019
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. Veggie Meals to your Door shows it’s possible to enjoy the convenience of these meals without having to compromise your vegetarian or vegan principles.
An estimated 350,000 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 2019 survey suggests that around 7,000 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!
Published in May, 2019
A guide to catering for people with allergies, intolerances, and religious, philosophical and cultural dietary beliefs.
To purchase a hard copy of the guide, please click here.
We can also provide half-day equality, diversity and inclusivity training in-house for your care setting. The training covers in more detail what a ‘special’ diet is, the 14 allergens, the law around protected beliefs, where to find alternative products such as gluten- and dairy-free and a practical cookery demonstration using some of our favourite ‘free-from’ products. To find out more, please contact us.
This publication is designed to make it easier to cater for any service users who require a ‘free-from’ or ‘special’ diet’.
Published in December, 2018
Our brand new Festive Delights recipe guide has nine delicious festive-friendly recipes to choose from, including a warming carrot, ginger and orange soup, angelic mince pies that everyone will love, and a Snickers pie. We have also included some great tips on how to prepare vegan- and vegetarian-friendly dishes.
- Existing vegans and vegetarians.
- Care caterers.
Published in May, 2017
The recipes in Take V were specially created by Vegetarian for Life’s Roving Chefs, Maggie and Ollie. With only five ingredients they’re low-cost, quick, and easy-to-make – without lacking flavour or nutrition.
- Existing vegans and vegetarians.
- Care caterers.
Published in January, 2017
As a commemoration of the life of the poet Robert Burns and his contribution to Scottish culture, Burns Night is celebrated annually around the world. Why not make this Burns night on 25 January a memorable one, by cooking our Haggis Wellington? And the perfect end to a rousing evening just has to be a baked raspberry cheesecake. We suspect that you’ll be tempted to make this all year round!
Shortly after Burns Night, love is in the air, with Valentine’s Day on 14 February. We have the perfect meal to mark the romance and sweetness of the day; rounded off with a luxurious Valentine’s Day beetroot chocolate cake.
This booklet is aimed at anyone celebrating Burns Night or Valentine’s Day. For many older people in a care setting, such occasions can help rekindle warm and comforting memories from their younger years. Additionally, they can help people to build warm memories of their new home and friends.
Published in December, 2016
Second edition of VfL’s magazine exclusively for older vegetarians and vegans.
This publication is aimed at senior vegetarians and vegans.
Published in September, 2016
If you are about to begin catering for an older vegan person you might be feeling slightly apprehensive and have many questions running through your mind. We have put together this Vegan Rescue Pack to support you. We’re sure that in no time at all you will feel confident and become a happy vegan cook!
- Chefs working in the care sector.
- Community carers working in domiciliary care.
- People looking after an older family member.
- People who are keen to cater well for an increasingly diverse range of diets.
- Individual older vegans.
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.
This booklet is aimed at anyone celebrating St David’s Day, the arrival of Spring, vegetarianism, and all things Welsh!
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.
This publication is aimed at senior vegetarians and vegans or those who cater for them.
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.
Older vegetarians and vegans and those who cater for them.
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.
Recipe guide that offers vegetarians and vegans a delicious and healthy way to celebrate Diwali.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This publication is aimed at older vegetarians and vegans who would like to know more about nutrition.