Easy vegetarian meals for care homes
Respecting the needs and preferences of older vegetarians in the care sector is of huge importance as more and more Over 65s choose a meat-free diet for a number of reasons – and more sites look to improve their credentials as a healthy living care home.
Vegetarian care home meal inspiration
In this article our very own development chef, David Wardle serves up a tasty helping of veggie inspiration for combi oven cooking that will freshen up your care home meal menu – including a delicious spring vegetable lasagne, an easy toasted cauliflower cheese pizza and an indulgent rhubarb & soured cream cake.
All of our vegetarian care home meal ideas are best-cooked in a combi oven, but we’ve also provided instructions for a standard oven.
Double Cheese & Spring Vegetable Tart
A lighter option that’s satisfyingly full of flavour, this tart is well worth a try next time you need a fresh take on your vegetarian options.
39% of 65-79 year olds were found to have cut back on their meat intake in the latest NatCen study, compared with 19% of 18-24 year olds in the same 12- month period
Spring Vegetable Lasagne
Swap the meat for peas and beans, and serve up a vegetarian twist on this classic favourite when you want to put more ‘meat-free’ on your menu.
Pulses like peas, beans, tofu and lentils (especially when steamed in a combi oven) are a good source of protein for vegetarians – especially those on a soft or pureed food diet as they can be ground, mashed or grated easily.
Toasted Cauliflower Cheese Pizza
Try something new with cauliflower and introduce a vegetarian pizza with a difference to your care home menu.
By cooking your veg in a steam combination oven rather than boiling it, broccoli, carrots, new potatoes and other popular vegetarian staples will keep more of their nutritional value and natural colour. Faster cooking times mean your bills will look more appetising too.
Whole Orange Olive Oil Cake
A real treat for all your residents that brings a subtle, yet zesty flavour. Ideal for an indulgent afternoon tea or everyday dessert.
How to be a healthy living care home
People who develop diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease may have special considerations when it comes to meal planning. Most conditions, however, benefit from a diet that is high in fibre from whole grains, fruits and vegetables, and low in animal-based products.
Source: The Vegetarian Resource Group
Rhubarb & Soured Cream Cake
Add this recipe to your repertoire and spoil your residents with this impressive-yet-easy dessert.
"Nothing will benefit health or increase chances of survival
on earth as the evolution to a vegetarian diet."
Albert Einstein, who became a vegetarian in later life
Whatever type of menus you serve in your care home, it’s important to ensure you have commercial catering equipment that’s efficient, high quality, reliable and compliant. Ask our experts for help in any aspect of your kitchen process – JLA can supply, install, deliver, maintain and fix all the appliances you rely on every day. Fill in the form below to make an enquiry about our combi ovens.