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The big four!

Thursday, October 22nd, 2020


The advice is to eat at least five portions of fruit and veg a day, but what about variety?

The British Nutrition Foundation recently did a survey and found that half - yes half! - of the UK’s vegetable intake is made up of just four. They are peas, tomatoes, onions and carrots.

Well, we do use these stalwarts of the vegetable kingdom in our delicious ready meal range, of course, but we also love the wider variety on offer.

Here’s a great article about the benefits of the big four plus a few more suggestions…https://www.bbc.co.uk/food/articles/veg_variety

Hurry for a curry!

Wednesday, October 7th, 2020


It’s National Curry Week - almost the best week of the year for many people we’re sure!

You can find out more here - https://www.nationalcurryweek.co.uk - and you can enjoy the taste of India with our Indian Sambar Dhal ready meal.

A delicious combination of Toor dhal, cauliflower, green beans and spinach smeared with tamarind, coconut and mustard seed. As well as its fantastic taste it offers offers you two of your five a day. It’s suitable for vegetarians and vegans - and can be microwaved.

Enjoy with rice, doss and a chutney. We wish it were lunchtime already!

Add fibre!

Monday, October 5th, 2020


This is such an interesting article on the importance of a high fibre diet -  https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-46827426

And, of course, beans and pulses can help with this!   http://www.easybean.co.uk/beans-for-health.html

The best thing, though, is just how tasty healthy meals can be - from our meals to our crispbreads and crackers we can guarantee a happy meal every time

Let’s do lunch!

Studious endeavours!

Wednesday, September 16th, 2020


Thousands of teenagers are being dropped off at universities up and down the country this month – and along with a welcome taste of independence many of them will be learning to cook for themselves for the first time.
It’s such an important life skill. It’s also enjoyable to make a meal from scratch. Learning basic skills, such as chopping veg, using an oven and adding a few basic recipes to your repertoire will help build a strong foundation for a culinary future.
And parents – don’t worry! Students will quickly learn how to pair together proteins, grains, and veggies for a well-rounded and tasty evening meal. Proteins such as chicken, pork, fish or tofu, served with vegetables and a carbohydrate such as pasta will make endless tasty meals.
A tasty and simple option is also OK on busy days – and that’s where Easy Bean ready meals come in. Our nutritious meals are very versatile and have both meat and vegetarian options. They re very filling and quick to prepare which is important for hungry teenagers.

Happy studying!

Travel from the comfort of your home

Friday, August 28th, 2020


Many of us feel a bit restricted these days worry that their horizons have shrunk – but we can still enjoy a taste of far-off lands.

Our range of ready meals will tickle your tastebuds and bring back happy holiday memories.

Try these tasty options:

New Mexican Chilli: This includes Fairtrade red beans with sweet peppers, tomatoes, spiked with the jalapeño chilli.

Serve in tortillas with a dollop of sour cream and avocado slices.

African Palava: This is a delicious West African hotpot and a colourful profusion of Fairtrade brown beans, free range chicken, peanuts, sweet potatoes and spinach.

Serve in tortillas with a dollop of sour cream and avocado slices.

Moroccan Tagine: A hotpot of slow-cooked chickpeas, Mediterranean vegetables, apricots and aromatic spices.

A tasty treat in the evening served on couscous and topped with toasted flaked almonds and a spring of mint.

Indian Sambar: Toor Dhal peas are simmered slowly with coconut and tamarind juice finished with chunky vegetables and mustard seeds.

Add rice, coconut chutney and fresh coriander for a feast

French Cuisinees: Green lentil and sweet chestnut simmered with classic vegetables, rosemary and thyme.

Serve with a creamy root mash – potato and parsnip would be ideal

Nature’s finest at your fingertips

Wednesday, August 19th, 2020


We just love peas, beans and lentils! Why? Well, they are super-tasty and also nature’s healthiest food, packed with protein, virtually fat free and with more fibre than many whole grains.

They are so tasty that most of the world adds them to all of their favourite dishes from spicy chilli and dhal to creamy hummus and hearty lentil soup.

We are trying to broaden this range of tastes by using our favourites in crisp breads and crackers. They are delicious eaten on their own or with cheeses, spreads or pate. Let us know what you think and happy eating!

Keeping your pet cool during summer

Monday, August 10th, 2020


Humans are thirsty – and it’s also important to keep your pets cool in hot weather. Here are our five top tips
1. Keep it cool: All pets must be kept in cool, shady areas, some of which will be in the house. If you’re feeling warm, chances are they are too – so make sure they have access to shade and let them into cool indoor rooms.
2. Little ones need a little help: Small pets, such as rabbits, guinea pigs and birds, are particularly susceptible to heat. They will benefit from walking on cool tiles, so make them a run in your kitchen or even bathroom. Or you could drape their cage with wet towels and leave a couple of icepacks or frozen water bottles in the cage.  Keep everything out of direct sunlight.
3. Water, water everywhere: Provide plenty of fresh, cool water in large water containers offer more than one source of water in case one bowl is tipped over. Ensure the containers are in the shade and add some ice to the water to keep it cool.
4. Step carefully: If the pavement feels hot to touch it can harm your dog’s paws. Go for early morning or evening walks, when the heat of the sun has gone. If your pet seems to be in discomfort, try wetting their feet and misting water onto their face.
5. Take care of wildlife: Leave small bowls of water in your garden so wildlife can keep cool.

Be healthier to protect your health

Wednesday, July 29th, 2020

new-mex-chilli-lunch1We’d love everyone to read this page from Gov.UK about the new obesity strategy - https://www.gov.uk/government/news/new-obesity-strategy-unveiled-as-country-urged-to-lose-weight-to-beat-coronavirus-covid-19-and-protect-the-nhs

It’s a good idea to adopt a few healthier habits as individuals as well as understanding national initiatives.

The good news is that healthier can be fun. Bike rides, walking, swimming are all good exercises but the main thing is to do what you can when you can. Build something into your daily routine.

And treat yourself to tasty, wholesome meals. An occasional treat is fine but let’s look after ourselves and the people around us as we continue to face uncertain times.

Sign of the times

Saturday, July 25th, 2020


The signs, they are a changing’…

Here is the new sign at our HQ in Yeovil on the front of the office. We hope you like it.

The all-important kitchen and bakehouse is at the other side of the building.

Have a Palava!

Sunday, July 12th, 2020


Our African Palava meal - a profusion of brown beans, chicken, peanuts and spinach - makes a great addition to the BBQ table as an alternative meal or split between two or three guests.