We acknowledge that in some cases, patients may require a special diet. We strive to ensure that these are catered for at all levels;
The Catering department in Naas Hospital was one of the first locations to introduce special modified meal systems. These pureed meals are provided for patients without the ability to chew, swallow, or digest food properly. These meals are nutritionally enhanced to ensure increased protein and carbohydrate intake.
For patients with limited ability to chew or swallow we provide a chopped or minced diet, therefore maintaining the quality of taste and texture of each meal.
Diabetic meals are probably the most common of the special diets. Catering personnel monitor each diabetic patient specific calorie intake. To ensure a varied diabetic diet our daily menu, is designed to incorporate a wide range of calorie conscience meals.
Renal diet foods are prepared separately by our chefs to ensure the restriction of potassium is achieved and regulated in each meal.
While preparing all our patient meals we pay particular attention to fat content, maintaining low fat and low cholesterol diet throughout the hospital.
The Irish Hearth Foundation endorsed this in 2004, when the Catering Department was awarded the Happy Heart Award.
Simple meals in minutes
Chicken with Spinach Pesto
Ingredients (4 Adults)
4 Chicken fillets
8oZ Penne pasta
Small jar (150ml) pesto
1 Bag fresh spinach
1 Garlic clove
1 White onion
1 Tub Crème fresh (500ml)
Knob Butter (Low fat margarine can also be used)
2oz Block of Parmesan Cheese
Dice the chicken fillets into small bite size pieces
Add 1-diced onion to a hot non-stick pan using a little oil
Add the diced chicken, cover with lid, and sweat till tender
Remove chicken, using the same pan add crushed garlic and a knob of butter or margarine.
Add spinach to the pan and cook gently for 2 mins
Cook pasta off as directed by packet- cook till al-dente
Put the cooked chicken and pasta into the mixture in the pan
Cook gently for 2-3 mins till heated thoroughly
Add jar of pesto and the crème fresh
Remove when fully heated. Serve with freshly shaved Parmesan cheese.
Will go down nicely with a chilled fruity chardonnay.
Provided by Patrica & Marcella