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Happy Vegetarian Week!

Thursday, May 16th, 2019

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Help save the planet, live a healthier life and save money  –  what’s not to like about vegetarianism?

This week is National Vegetarian Week, a few days set aside every year to celebrate the meat-free lifestyle.

It’s a popular choice nowadays, especially among young people, who may also be time-poor and welcome a quick and easy solution (Clue: Easy Bean meals!).

Quite a few of our products are vegetarian, like our New Mexican Chilli or Sambar Dahl one-pot meals, for example, as well as our crispbread range of course.

Some are vegan – so they don’t include any dairy products such as cheese or eggs either.

But the main thing is they are all mouth-wateringly tasty, so vegetarian or not, there’s something for everyone in the Easy Bean cupboard – at any time of the year!



Set course for Shaftesbury

Friday, May 10th, 2019

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Come and see us on Sunday (10am – 4pm) 2019 at the Shaftesbury Food and Drink Festival where we will be selling our Crispbreads and Crackers.

Not to be missed, it’s a day jam packed with food, fun and frivolity.

As well as us, there will be stalls the length of the town with dozens of producers, plus live cooking demonstrations and live music and dancing. Did we mention arts and crafts as well.

And of course, the famous Cheese Races down Gold Hill - not for the faint hearted!

It’s a full day out – with added Easy bean goodness. See you there.

http://shaftesburyfestival.co.uk/



Busy bees need beans!

Friday, May 3rd, 2019

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Busy, busy, busy! These days so many people are juggling jobs and interests that it can easy to let good eating habits slip.

That’s where Christina and her team come in, offering delicious meals which taste as good as home cooked.

PLUS - they are good for you and good for the planet. As Christina says: “Beans have more fibre than many wholegrains, are virtually fat free and are high in protein. In terms of saving the planet, pulses are one of the most sustainable, low greenhouse gas emission sources of protein in the world and they need less water and energy to thrive. The meals are easy to prepare, and can be microwaved or heated in a pan.

“Beans and vegetables are infused with herbs and spices, sometimes added to locally sourced meat, all cooked in rich stocks. They are high in fibre, low in fat and salt and also have the benefit of being gluten and dairy-free. Furthermore they provide two to three of your 5-a-day.”

Despite aggressive marketing and price reductions by its competitors Easy Bean is growing well at a time when many young professionals are ‘time poor’ and looking for healthy, delicious options for a quick lunch or supper. “The market is still very much alive for health and convenience. We understand that our customers enjoy the full flavours and homemade qualities of our Easy Bean meals,” adds Christina.



Capital news!

Thursday, April 25th, 2019

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Good news for Londoners! Or indeed, anyone visiting the capital – our new Easy Bean range of crackers is available in several upmarket spots. You can buy them at Wholefoods Market in High Street Kensington, Piccadilly Circus, Richmond and Stoke Newington.

Handmade with different pulse flours, they are gluten-free, dairy-free and use only 100% natural ingredients. They have a crunchy texture and earthy flavours with a hint of sweetness that makes them great with cheese, hummus and other dips. Or just on their own - they really are very tasty indeed.

So next time you’re in Swingin’ London, why not swing by one of the Wholefoods Markets and snap up some Easy Bean crackers!



Hurrah for the long weekend!

Friday, April 19th, 2019

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Easter is almost upon us - a time for chocolate eggs, bunnies and flowers. What’s not to like?

For Christians it’s a celebration of Jesus rising from the dead three days after his crucifixion. The resurrection is a symbol of hope and new beginnings.

But originally it was a pagan festival, named after the goddess Eostre, according to the Venerable Bede, an English monk writing in Latin during the eighth century.

In most other European countries the word for Easter is derived from the Hebrew for Passover – ‘paques’ in French and ‘pasqua’ in Spanish, for example.

Either way, it’s a nice break before the serious enjoyment of summer gets under way. So yes, chocolates all round this weekend, back to healthy eating next week!
Have a lovely Easter everyone.



Made in Somerset - a great day out

Wednesday, April 10th, 2019

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We’re so excited to announce that we will be taking part in Made in Somerset, a fundraising Artisan Shopping Event on Saturday, May 4.

The day will run from 10am - 4pm and will raise money for Etatu, a local charity which aims to educate and improve the lives of children Msambweni, Kenya.

Made in Somerset will take place at ACEarts Gallery and The Parish Rooms, Market Place, Somerton TA11 7LX and, as well as Artisan Food producers, there will be stallholders selling jewellery, ceramics, stationery, gifts and more. Lunches will be available from 12 noon - there’s really no excuse not to spend the whole day at this fabulous event.

We’ll see you there!



Gluten-free goodness

Thursday, April 4th, 2019

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Coeliac disease is caused by a reaction of the immune system to gluten - a protein found in wheat, barley and rye. When someone with coeliac disease eats gluten, their immune system reacts by damaging the lining of the small intestine

Although there are currently several potential drugs for ceoliac disease in development, there’s only one treatment for now: follow a gluten-free diet.

Once you have eliminated gluten from your diet, your intestinal lining should begin to heal and other complications, such as skin problems, fatigue, headaches and malnutrition should also begin to resolve.

It’s difficult to eradicate gluten from your diet - it’s found in so many staples of the food cupboard. It takes a fair amount of research and practice before you can expect to get it right and get rid of all gluten.

Several Easy Bean products are gluten-free, such as our Chickpea Crispbreads – we hope they help.

https://www.coeliac.org.uk/home/



All the fun of the Fair - and the Festival!

Friday, March 29th, 2019

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We will be taking our produce to a whole range of Festivals and Fairs 2019 and we hope to see as many customers, old and new, as possible. We also hope for sunny days!

Catch us if you can:

Yeovil Vegan Market, Yeovil, Saturday, 27 April.
https://www.quedamshopping.co.uk/pages/yeovil-vegan-market

Made in Somerset, Somerton, Saturday, 4 May.
http://www.somerton.co.uk/events/made-in-somerset-2/

Shaftesbury Food Festival, Sunday, 12 May.
http://shaftesburyfestival.co.uk

Sherborne Castle Country Fair, Monday, 27 May.
https://www.sherbornecountryfair.com

Gillingham & Shaftesbury Agricultural Show,Wednesday, 14 August.
https://www.gillshaftshow.co.uk

Frome Cheese Show, Saturday, 14 September.
https://www.fromecheeseshow.co.uk

Sturminster Newton Cheese Festival, Saturday, 14 - Sunday 15 September.
https://www.cheesefestival.co.uk

Abergavenny Food Festival, Saturday, 21 - Sunday 22 September.
https://www.abergavennyfoodfestival.com



Spring into action!

Thursday, March 21st, 2019

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Spring is in the air – it’s March 21st and it’s official! We can now say goodbye to winter and hello to sunshine and showers, daffodils and new born lambs.

We love this time of year down here in the south west where we make the Easy Bean range of tasty meals and snacks using all natural ingredients.

Of course although it’s spring here but it’s the opposite on the other side of the equator where many of our exotic recipes come from.

So if anyone is reading this in the southern hemisphere, have a lovely autumn!



Join our happy band

Friday, March 15th, 2019

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We need a new team member. We are looking to recruit a “hands-on” Bakery Supervisor to join our small friendly team at our NEW bakery in Mudford, near Yeovil. If you have food production experience, preferably in the baking industry and enjoy working with people and managing a team, then you could be just the person we need.

We are a small innovative company determined to give beans the culinary status they deserve. We believe in creating food that is as delicious as it is healthy and that eating a balanced diet of wholesome natural food makes good sense.

For more information get in touch at hello@easybean.co.uk