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Vegetarian for Life and the Care Inspectorate have collaborated to produce guidance on good care for vegans and vegetarians.

The Health and Social Care Standards set out what people should expect when using health, social care or social work services in Scotland. The standards have been developed to make these services better for everyone so that every person is treated with respect and dignity, and their human rights are upheld.

The guidance in Good care for vegetarians and vegans will be useful for inspectors to inform an inspection and for care services looking for best practice points.

These menu cards are designed to be used to aid and encourage residents to prepare their own snacks with staff support, to help promote choice and independence.

The pack contains 14 simple, quick recipe cards which use minimal equipment. They could also be used as a care home cookery activity. You’ll also find a food growing card in the pack – an easy, fun project to do with your care home residents.

Please allow 28 days for delivery.

This vegan and vegetarian care home menu book was created to assist people in the care sector to communicate with their residents. The book is designed to help residents to express their menu preferences if communication is a challenge.
By being able to point at dishes, residents can make clear choices about their meal selection and have more control over what they are eating.

Issue number 3 of our popular 48 page yearbook magazine. Vintage contains numerous features, one-off interviews and articles, and is designed to be kept and used throughout the year. 

Included in issue #3:

  • Fab finger foods
  • Activities to support older veg*ns
  • Why and how to make a will
  • Vegetarianism in WWI
  • Top tips for vegan baking

A guide to catering for people with allergies, intolerances, and religious, philosophical and cultural dietary beliefs 

This colourful 40-page guide is designed to make it easier to cater for any service users who require a ‘free-from’ or ‘special’ diet. It will introduce the various reasons people may need, or want, to exclude certain foods from their diet. At the back of the guide is a collection of recipes suitable for a variety of these dietary requirements.

Comprehensive coverage of:


  • the major allergens
  • religious, philosophical and cultural dietary requirements
  • how veganism is protected by the law
  • top 10 gluten-free products
  • top 10 vegan products
  • best practice in ethical dilemmas – including when a vegetarian service user asks for meat
  • fortification agents for special diets
  • gluten- and soya-free meat alternatives.

With allergen-labelling throughout.

Three of our most popular advice and recipe guides for those looking to create simple, tasty dishes that won't break the bank or take a long time to make. Featuring:

1) Cooking For One a recipe guide specially created for senior vegans or vegetarians who cook for themselves. Includes advice on nutrition, a sample menu planner, and a guide to useful equipment.

2) Cooking on a Budget a 32 page guide packed with practical tips on smart shopping and creating dishes with cheaper ingredients. Includes advice on savvy shopping, planning, and storing food.

3) Take V one of our most popular guides, each recipe contains only 5 ingredients and is quick and easy to make. 

A comprehensive guide showing how to use vegan, dairy-free alternatives to fortify food with calories and protein.

This colourful 24-page guide equips caterers with the knowledge they need to fortify foods for someone following a vegan or milk-free diet.

Packed with recipes, including light meals, mains, puddings, snacks and drinks, there are plenty of ideas and inspiration for fortifying dishes without dairy.

You’ll find the calories and protein calculated for each recipe; a table of protein-rich ingredients that can be used to fortify foods; and ideas for dairy-free fortification of snacks and drinks.

Chef Ollie Bragg who developed the recipes said: “Ensuring residents get enough calories and protein when appetite is low can be tricky. This can seem even more challenging when your go-to dairy fortification methods can’t be used. These delicious recipes will show you how to increase calories without compromising on taste.”

Ideal for care home and hospital caterers, this BDA-approved publication answers frequently asked questions concerning older vegetarians and vegans, such as:

  • how to stimulate appetite or boost nutrient intake
  • good sources of protein for those on texture modified diets
  • a daily menu plan
  • suggested vegan fortification agents, finger foods, and even vegan options that may be suitable for lower-fibre diets


Updated for 2020 to reflect the latest scientific evidence.

The definitive bundle of the absolute best seasonal recipes we have produced. Featuring 5 distinct and diverse recipe guides that bring together some of the most popular dishes from some of the most popular festivities throughout the calendar year. Included are:

1) Celebrate Burns Night and Valentine's Day 

2) Celebrate St David's Day 

3) Easter Treats 

4) A Taste of South East Asia 

5) Festive Delights 

**Please use the drop-down menu above to select which national version of the guide you would like**

Are you confident about protecting your vegan or vegetarian identity and beliefs – now and in the future?

VfL's self-advocacy pack outlines the laws that safeguard dignity and choices in care. It details the steps you can take to ensure that you are cared for in line with your beliefs.

  • Understand your rights as a vegan or vegetarian.
  • Where to access support and information (care homes, legal, nutrition).
  • Step-by-step guide to ensuring that your rights are respected in case of loss of capacity or cognition or when receiving care.
  • Template letters to use if admitted to hospital or receiving care.

Discover how to create a range of tasty vegan bakes – from light, airy sponges, to traditional puddings, and eggless meringue.

Essential facts and inspiring recipes for those who cater for older vegans

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!

Primary Audience:

  • 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

Includes an overview of veganism, nutritional advice, store cupboard essentials, a vegan 4-week menu planner and recipes covering breakfast, mains and dessert. 

A collection of vegan and vegetarian recipes, perfect for vegans, vegetarians or those with egg or milk allergies, who need a texture-modified diet.

Vegetarian for Life’s chefs have developed this guide to help you cater for any vegan or vegetarian residents who need a texture-modified diet. The guide has a range of recipes made to different IDDSI levels, including breakfast options, soups, main meals, and puddings. 

Fourteen tasty, traditional and classic dishes to inspire those new to vegan catering. 

Featuring a wide variety of classic recipes that have been 'veganised', from Cottage Pie to Moussaka, from Lancashire Hotpot to Eton Mess. Catering for people with vegan diets doesn't have to mean learning strange and complicated new dishes. With a few substitutions and easy techniques perfected by our own professional chef team, you can adopt some traditional favourites with ease.