Bidfood have a passion for outstanding food, something we share with all our customers. In line with celebrating Nutrition and Hydration Week this March, we share another delicious recipe for you to follow, this time – tomato lentil soup.

We are always focused on going the extra mile and by being one of the UK’s leading foodservice providers, and experts within the care sector, it’s of paramount importance to ensure that this passion filters through not just to our customers, but to care home residents too.

Providing great service is more than simply dropping off deliveries, it’s about adding value and helping our care customers to cater with confidence and stay ahead of the curve. Whether that’s through our industry knowledge, or leveraging our expertise on nutritional advice and guidance on food standards and legislation, it’s all part of our mission to deliver service excellence and help our customers grow.

With years of experience and knowledge between them, our dedicated care team provide operators with support on hydration, dementia, diabetes and IDDSI meals, as well keeping up to date with the latest trends in care. Our chef team have even developed an enormous 500+ recipes providing plenty of inspiration to ensure residents have something tasty on their plate throughout the day.

As the weather gets warmer and the days grow longer, the signs show that spring is right around the corner. But it’s not just brighter days that the first weeks of March bring with them, from the 11th to the 17th we celebrate Nutrition and Hydration Week, the annual event that highlights and promotes the importance of good nutrition and staying hydrated.

Nutrition and hydration are essential to resident’s health and wellbeing and can help prevent malnutrition and dehydration, which in turn helps to reduce the strain on care homes whilst keeping residents healthy and happy!

The week itself presents a great opportunity for care residents and staff to come together, get creative and have some fun whilst helping to raise awareness of this important topic. Why not get your residents to make and stick posters around their care home highlighting the importance of staying healthy and reminding others to drink regularly? Or perhaps turn hydration week into a competition, encouraging residents to keep a tally on how many glasses of water they can drink throughout the week. 

The well-known and much loved Global Afternoon Tea Party on Wednesday the 13th of March is a great way to kick things off. Offer your residents a scone with jam and cream alongside their afternoon tea or coffee and start spreading the joy during this important week!

For a hydrating meal, packed full of nutrients, give our tomato and lentil soup a try, it’s perfect for lunch or dinner, can serve large numbers and is easily adapted to cater for individual requirements and allergies, your residents will love it!

For more on Nutrition and Hydration Week as well as our other support tools for the care sector, visit this link https://www.bidfood.co.uk/care-homes/ 

Ingredients:

02637 Mature White Cheddar Cheese 200g

70350 Basil 5g

48576 Chopped Tomatoes 1kg

03435 Vegetable Oil 25ml

04666 Vegetable Bouillon Paste 25g

05636 Tomato Paste Concentrate 50g

30271 Garlic Puree 20g

56614 Red Lentils 250g

75667 Oregano 5g

75585 Onion 150g

75331 Carrots 150g

75197 Courgette 200g

Method:

  1. Gently heat the oil in a pan and add the onions and carrots cooking until tender.
  2. Add the garlic and herbs and fry for a couple of minutes.
  3. Add the chopped tomatoes, tomato puree, and vegetable stock and bring to the boil then allow to simmer.
  4. Wash and cook the lentils and set to one side.
  5. Finely slice the courgette.
  6. Blend until the soup reaches the correct consistency and then add the lentils, courgettes, and cheddar and fold through.