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Recipe Inspiration for Hospital and Care Catering

12th January 2021

Care catering is an area of foodservice like no other. It’s a rewarding yet challenging field and juggling the complex medical and dietary demands of your residents or patients, whilst at the same time providing varied, appealing and nutritious menus can be overwhelming, now more than ever.
 
Our team of development chefs are here to provide inspiration for your menu cycle, focusing on a variety of vital aspects that come with catering in a healthcare environment.

Mushroom Soup - view the full recipe here

Mushroom Soup

Patients or residents at risk of malnutrition need to increase calorific content where possible. Ensuring they eat enough protein is a particular concern. Inadequate protein intake is closely linked to the loss of muscle strength and functionality. This warning soup is packed with protein, is suitable for vegetarians and contains vitamin D.

Vegetarian Quiche - view the full recipe here

Vegetarian Quiche

Whilst catering for a variety of medical demands, meeting dietary requirements is also vital. When time is a premium, this easy-to-make vegetarian quiche can be prepared in advance and frozen.

Posh Prawn Sandwich - View the full recipe here
(suitable for Dysphagia IDDSI Level 5, or can be adapted by fully pureeing the filling for IDDSI Level 4)

Posh Prawn Sandwich

Dysphagia is the medical term for swallowing difficulties. Some people with dysphagia have problems swallowing certain foods or liquids, while others can’t swallow at all. Over time, dysphagia can also cause symptoms such as weight loss and repeated chest infections. It is important the patient / resident receives the appropriate texture modified food. A new global framework – IDDSI – was launched in 2019 to standardise the texture levels of food.
 
Find out more here: https://iddsi.org/framework/

Don’t Forget The Snacks!

It’s important to offer a range of snacks and finger food throughout the day to help boost nutritional intake. Finger foods are particularly important for people with dementia who may have difficulty with dexterity and prefer to pick at foods throughout the day. By combining a high calorie snack with a milky drink you could add 400 calories to their daily intake!

Falafel with Cucumber Yoghurt Sauce - view the full recipe here

Falafel with Cucumber Yoghurt Sauce

Olive Pastry Swirls - view the full recipe here

Olive Pastry Swirls

Welsh Cakes - view the full recipe here

Welsh Cakes

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