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Get Involved In Veganuary 2022 with NHS Supply Chain

16 December 2021

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NHS Supply Chain: Food team is supporting Veganuary, a month during which eating vegan food is encouraged. Throughout Veganuary 2022 our NHS Supply Chain teams will be cooking vegan recipes at home in their kitchens to support a more sustainable future through low-carbon eating. We would love for everybody in the NHS family to get involved with us!

At the start of every week in January we will share a plant-based recipe you can cook at home or in your trust. See our Downloads ▼ section each week for the recipes, we will also share on our NHS Supply Chain LinkedIn page.

We’d love to see which of our vegan dishes you’ve been trying, so share a photo of your finished dish on LinkedIn with the hashtag #Veganuary2022 and tag NHS Supply Chain. We will be having a look at them all on 31 January 2022. The owner of the best-looking dish or dishes will receive a fantastic vegan cookbook in the post!



Download our delicious recipes we have shared.



Share a picture of your dish on social media and tag us @NHSSupplyChain



Don’t forget to use the Hashtag #Veganuary2022 and more importantly join in and have fun!

For a full nutritional breakdown and pricing suggestions for each recipe speak to your local food account manager.

We’ve developed some fantastic vegan options as part of our ‘culinary concepts’ and they’ve proved very popular with NHS trusts so far. Having cooked many of them myself, they’re not just delicious but many are easy to produce too. The more people are aware of the versatility of plant-based cooking, the more it can become part of our diet, and reduce our carbon footprint.

Stephen England, Culinary Specialist at NHS Supply Chain: Food

Did you know?

  • Meat and dairy production is responsible for 60 per cent of agriculture’s greenhouse gas emissions. That’s according to a study by researchers at the University of Oxford1.
  • The same study also found that cutting these two categories from your diet could reduce your carbon footprint from food by up to 73 per cent.
  • Switching just a few meals to vegan, 100% plant-based options could have a big impact on your personal carbon footprint, as well as that of your NHS trust. At NHS Supply Chain we want to support a more sustainable future, which is why we will be sharing delicious vegan recipes, which our culinary team have developed for the NHS, each week of Veganuary 2022.

Important Fortification to Support Nutrient Dense Diets

It can be difficult to provide enough nutrients in a smaller volume with plant-based diets. Fortification in these cases can support a more nutrient dense diet for patients. And there are products out there which can provide this support.

Tips from our in-house dietitian, Joanna Instone, in this area:

Joanna Instone
Joanna Instone, in-house dietitian
NHS Supply Chain: Food
  1. Offer low sugar and low salt vegan breakfast cereals fortified with B12, Zinc, and iron.
  2. Fortified plant-based milk and dairy alternatives, for example, yoghurts contain added calcium. This helps prevent bone fractures as well as providing extra vitamin B12 and D.
  3. Vegan spreads such as sunflower spread, are fortified with vitamins such as Vitamin D.
  4. Using rapeseed oil to cook (rather than corn/sunflower oils) provides essential omega fatty acids.

Your local food service specialist dietitian can advise about the provision of vegan meals for any nutritionally well and nutritionally vulnerable patients, so we recommend contacting them to discuss options.

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Downloads ▼

  • Veganuary 2022 Week One Recipe

    Week one - Pomodoro Penne Pasta
  • Veganuary 2022 Week Two Recipe

    Week two - Sweet and Spicy Moroccan Carrots with Lentils
  • Veganuary 2022 Week Three Recipe

    Week three - Vegan Sweet Potato Mac
  • Veganuary 2022 Week Four Recipe

    Week four - Vegan Oat Breakfast Bar