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Analysis of Vegetarian Menu for Patients at R&DE 2014

 Below:-

A. Menu structure

B. List of the Vegetarian Options for Soups, Main Courses, Salads and Sandwiches
C. Vegetarian Lunch & Supper Main Courses daily Menu Options - 2 week menu cycle

(Menu information taken from RDE publication " Food and Drink" Edition 9 2014)

A. Menu structure
There wasn't a separate vegetarian menu. The vegetarian options were mixed in with the meat options on the daily menu card. I was also given the Halal, Kosher and Gluten-free menus. Some days I had three menus cards to complete. That caused a bit of confusion when the cards went to the catering staff, and was stopped.

The ordinary vegetarian options were based on dairy, cheese, eggs, jacket potatoes and sandwiches. My usual diet was grain based (rice, millet, oats and quinoa) with legumes and vegetables, and of course, fruit. I limited my milk and wheat intake, and did not eat bread. 

The Halal menu had a number of rice and lentil dishes, but the menu did not indicate which were vegetarian. The ward catering manager wrote out the ingredients so I only ordered vegetarian ones, but the full range was not available as the call on the Halal menu was limited and the whole range was not stocked. The meals I tried were dry and I was frequently choking on the rice.

The Kosher Menu did not indicate which meals were vegetarian, but added the options of tomato omelette and spaghetti neapolitan at lunch and supper.

The gluten-free menu added the option of Spanish omelette with chips and peas at both meals, but served with cheese and side salad at lunchtime.

A daily Menu Card had four sections, i) Lunch, ii)Supper and iii) Sweets and iv) Something for Later.

i) LUNCH
Orange juice OR some days Soup
Main course* with choice of 1 from 2 types of potatoes and 2 set vegetables dishes
and sometimes gravy (The Menu Card did not say if the gravy was vegetarian).
Choice of 1 from 3 Sweets with custard or ice cream

II) SUPPER
Orange juice OR some days Soup
Main course* from choice of 2-4 with 1 set vegetable dish
Choice of 3 Sweets with custard or ice cream

iii) SWEETS

iv) SOMETHING for later
Choice of 1 from 4 items, cheese & biscuits, apple or banana, cake, scone/shortbread.
*Main courses options include the sandwiches and salads.

The detail of the choices at any one meal are shown in Section C below. Most days there were 4 choices, but on Week 1 for Tuesday and Thursday lunches and Week 2 for Friday lunch there were only 2 choices that were vegetarian.

B. List of the Vegetarian Options for i) Soups, ii) Main Courses, iii) Salads and iv) Sandwiches

i) ORANGE JUICE every meal or (some nights) SOUP with supper (vegetarian 6 out of 14 nights).
Mushroom
Tomato x 2 nights
Vegetable x 2
Leek

ii) The range of VEGETARIAN MAIN COURSES available, served with potatoes & 1 vegetable, and the option of gravy (sometimes) and Yorkshire pudding for Sunday lunch.

Broccoli & herb quiche x 1
Cauliflower cheese x 1
Cauliflower in cheese sauce x 1
Cauliflower & broccoli pasta in cream sauce x 3
Jacket potato/baked beans x 7
Jacket potato/cottage cheese x 2
Jacket potato/low fat cheddar x 8
Leek, cheese & egg pie x 1
Macaroni cheese x 3
Pasta shells in cheese sauce x 2
Pasta mushroom & leek moray x 2
Plain omelette x 13  Picture of a Cook/freeze omelette
Tomato onion Gruyere and basil quiche x 1
Potato, leek & cheese bake x 2
Vegetable & bean cottage pie x 2
Vegetable crumble x 2
Vegetable lasagna x 2
Vegetable pie, baked x 2
Vegetable pie, potato topped x 2
Vegetable quiche x 1

iii) SALADS
Cottage cheese x 2
Cheese x 2
Cheddar cheese x 1
Egg & cress x 3
Egg mayonnaise x 2
Ploughman's x 1
Quiche x 2

iv) SANDWICHES
Cheese & cucumber x 2
Cheese & pickle x 3
Cheese & onion x 2
Cheese salad x 1
Egg & cress x 2
Egg mayonnaise x 3

(E&OE)

C. Vegetarian Lunch & Supper Main Courses Menu Options
The menus were on a 2 week cycle, but many of the dishes were repeated in the second week but on a different day.

Week 1. Vegetarian main courses menu options

Monday lunch   Macaroni cheese, cheese salad, Jacket potato with grated low fat cheddar cheese topping and side salad

Monday supper Mixed vegetables with mashed potato topping, White egg and cress sandwich, Plain omelette, Jacket potato with a baked bean topping and side salad

Tuesday lunch   Tomato, onion, grey and basil quiche (in a savoury egg custard pastry case), wholemeal cheese and onion sandwich

Tuesday supper   Pasta, mushroom and leak morning (in cheese sauce), egg and cress salad, plain omelette, Jacket potato with a low fat cheddar cheese topping and side salad

Wednesday lunch   Cauliflower cheese, cottage cheese salad, Jacket potato with a baked bean topping and a side salad

Wednesday supper   Baked leek, cheese and egg pie with pastry topping, wholemeal cheese salad sandwich, plain omelette

Thursday lunch   Vegetable lasagna (pasta sheets layered with vegetables and white sauce), White cheese and pickle sandwich

Thursday supper   Vegetable & bean cottage pie (mixed beans and vegetables with mashed potato top), cheese salad, plain omelette, Jacket potato with a low fat cheddar cheese topping and side salad

Friday lunch   Potato topped vegetable pie, quiche salad, Jacket potato with cottage cheese topping and a side salad

Friday supper Broccoli and herb quiche (savoury egg custard in a pastry case), wholemeal egg mayonnaise sandwich, plain omelette

Saturday lunch   Vegetable crumble (vegetables with savoury crumble topping), Wholemeal egg mayonnaise sandwich, Jacket potato with a grated low fat cheddar cheese topping and a side salad
Saturday supper   Potato cheese and leak bake (in white sauce), Ploughman's salad, Plain omelette, Jacket potato with a baked bean topping and side salad
Sunday lunch   Cauliflower and broccoli pasta (in cream sauce), Egg and cress salad, Jacket potato with a baked bean topping and side salad

Sunday supper  Pasta shells in cheese sauce, Wholemeal Cheese and pickle sandwich, Plain omelette


Week 2. Vegetarian main courses menu options

Monday lunch   Vegetable lasagna (pasta sheets lad with vegetables and white sauce), Cottage cheese salad, Jacket potato with a grated low fat cheddar cheese topping and a side salad

Monday supper   Macaroni cheese (pasta in a cheese sauce), White cheese and cucumber sandwich, Plain omelette

Tuesday lunch   Cauliflower in Cheese sauce, Wholemeal cheese and onion sandwich

Tuesday supper   Vegetable and bean cottage pie, Egg and cress salad, Plain omelette, Jacket potato with a low fat cheddar cheese topping and side salad

Wednesday lunch Vegetable quiche, Egg mayonnaise salad, Jacket potato with a baked bean topping and a side salad

Wednesday supper   Baked vegetable pie, White cheese and pickle sandwich, Plain omelette

Thursday lunch   Pasta shells in cheese sauce, White cheese and cucumber sandwich, Jacket potato with cottage cheese topping and side salad

Thursday supper   Potato, cheese and leak bake (in white sauce), Cheddar cheese salad, Jacket potato with a low fat cheddar cheese topping and side salad

Friday lunch   Macaroni cheese, Cheese salad

Friday supper  Cauliflower and broccoli pasta in cream sauce, Wholemeal egg mayonnaise sandwich, Plain omelette

Saturday lunch   Vegetable crumble, Wholemeal egg mayonnaise sandwich, Jacket potato with a grated low fat cheddar cheese topping and side salad

Saturday supper   Baked vegetable pie, Plain omelette, Jacket potato with a baked bean topping and side salad

Sunday lunch   Cauliflower and broccoli pasta, Quiche salad, Jacket potato with a baked bean topping and side salad

Sunday supper   Pasta mushroom and leak morning (in cheese sauce), White egg and cress sandwich, Plain omelette

By Judith Morrison Mar '15  


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