Patients at Palmerston North Hospital will not miss out on their traditional holiday fare.
About 220 patients are expected to spend Christmas Day in the hospital along with another 25 at Horowhenua Health Centre in Levin and about 100 at Whanganui Hospital.
Meals for all three locations are produced by staff from Spotless Facility Services.
On the menu for lunch is roast lamb and chicken with gravy, served with roast vegetables and seasonal green vegetables. Dessert is steamed plum pudding with brandy sauce or panna cotta with a berry sauce.
For an alternative main dish, patients can choose a vegetarian filo roll with roast vegetables and seasonal green vegetables.
Dinner in the evening will start with one of three options: glazed ham off the bone with roasted summer vegetables and a couscous salad, a turkey and cranberry sandwich with salad, or a roast vegetable and feta salad.
Patients will have the choice of two evening desserts - pavlova, cream and berry sauce, or red and green jelly and icecream.
Tonight patients will be offered Christmas treats served on trays with a festive theme.
And Christmas Day will begin with croissants and fruit toast added to the breakfast menu.
Around 137 Meals on Wheels recipients, including 57 people in Palmerston North, 12 in Feilding, and 23 in Horowhenua will receive the same menu as hospital lunch patients.
The cafe selection on Christmas Day will follow the same menu as the dinner options offered to patients.
- The Manawatu Standard
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