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Have a Palava!

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.

The benefits of vitamin D

July 8th, 2020


We’re hearing a lot about the benefits of Vitamin D - the sunshine vitamin - at the moment. Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin that is naturally present in only a very number of foods but is added to others. It is also produced when the sun’s UV rays reach our skin.

Vitamin D helps with the absorption of calcium in the gut and it is also needed for bone growth. It is also important in the immune system.

If you can’t make it to the deckchair this week, or you are waiting for the sun to reappear, then plan a meal with fish such as salmon, tuna, and mackerel to top up your vitamin D supplies. Small amounts of vitamin D are also found in beef liver, cheese and egg yolks, plus some mushrooms.

Load a couple of our crispbreads, Seeds & Black Pepper would be a perfect choice, with a portion of cheese and, hey presto, a healthy lunch with added wonder vitamin!

Stay cool

June 25th, 2020


Well, the sun is lovely but … we still have to be careful in the heat. Here are our tips for keeping as cool as a cucumber.

Close windows which face the sun closed during the day, open them at night, if it is safe, when the temperature has dropped and cool air can flood the flat or house

Keep out of the sun between 11am and 3pm and wear loose-fitting cotton clothes

Take cool baths or showers, and splash yourself with cool water during the day.

Make sure you drink plenty of fluids but avoid alcohol. Water, milk, tea and coffee are all good options

If you have to step out in the heat, make sure you walk in the shade, slap on sunscreen and wear a hat and light scarf

It’s always a good idea to check up on friends and relatives who might be less able to look after themselves.

Happy Father’s Day!

June 18th, 2020


Father’s Day on Sunday will look a little different this year - but don’t be down-hearted, let’s get inventive. Dad’s favourite restaurant, sporting venue or pub will all have to wait until next year so we must look to DIY fun.

The forecast is good, so how about a surprise BBQ? Or if dad has a sweet tooth, how about a blindfold cake taste test challenge. Each family member could make a cake and compete to be crowned champion baker. To work off the calories, the cake test could be followed by games in the garden or the park. Perhaps pack up some sandwiches and enjoy a day-long hike - our crispbreads and crackers look good in a picnic basket!

Once you get home , how about a rounding off the day with a  nice glass or wine or a special Father’s day cocktail.n And, finally, don’t forget the family quiz!

Sharing the Big Picture

June 11th, 2020


Some 4.8 million people live with diabetes in the UK It’s a serious condition which – regardless of type – can bring with it many challenges. And living with diabetes can be relentless.

This Diabetes Week (8th-14th June) – comes at a time when life is more challenging than ever before. The charity, Diabetes UK, is asking people to share their experiences using #TheBigPicture through their social media networks, to spread the message to more people than ever before.

Food is, of course, hugely important to people, whether or not they have diabetes. It’s a good time to remind everyone to make some healthy swaps - chips for salad for example (or at least half chips and half salad – we’re only human after all!). We’d also recommend our Chikpea Crispbreads in place of bread for a tasty lunch.

Diabetes UK also runs a Helpline which can be reached at 0345 123 2399 or via email at helpline@diabetes.org.uk

Support farmers now

June 4th, 2020


Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver has backed a petition calling on the UK government to protect farmers in future trade deals.

This week, the NFU’s food standards petition has seen enormous support from the public in just a matter of days, with more than 250,000+ people pledging their support since Saturday.

Following discussions with the NFU, celebrity chef Jamie Oliver also recorded a video urging politicians to back British farming. In it, he criticised MPs for rejecting an amendment to the UK Agriculture Bill which would have required all imports to be produced to the same standards as the UK.

The petition can be found here – www.nfuonline.com

Christina, our Queen of Beans, is a proud member of the NFU and backs the campaign 100%.

Tasty Tagine o’clock!

May 30th, 2020


We’re happy with sales of our one-pot meals in recent weeks, they have really stood the taste test against home-cooked dishes!

And, of course, as we are all so busy with Zoom quizzes and chats, easy to make one-pot dishes still have their place in the store cupboard.

We’re particularly pleased with our Moroccan Tagine meal which slips effortlessly from a warming winter / spring meal served with a warming baked potato to a tasty and tempting spring / summer dish served with rice and salad.

Chickpea, aubergine and butternut squash with apricot, infused with aromatic spices - slowly cooked by us,quickly served and eaten by you!

It’s National Vegetarian Week

May 14th, 2020


Check out the website for National Vegetarian Week at  www.nationalvegetarianweek.org

Although we’re all at home you can still share the website National Vegetarian Week with your friends and family. It’s also a chance to have a go at something new and enjoy cooking at home.

It’s suitable for vegetarians, high fibre, low fat, low salt, gluten & dairy free. One pot = three portions of veg

We recommend our New Mexican Chilli, a delicious red bean with sweet pepper chilli.

The inspiration comes from the state of New Mexico. We use a classic combination of sweet peppers and tomatoes, spiked with jalapeño chilli. Known to aficionados in that part of the world as “Bowl o’ Red”.

Calling Somerset shoppers!

May 6th, 2020


Christina, our Queen of Beans, has come up with a new initiative for local people in her village.

As she says: “As a long-time resident of Nether Compton and local food producer, I want to offer a special Easy Bean hamper of healthy food to local people.

“At Easy Bean, we love pulses, they are one of nature’s healthiest foods. The richest source of plant protein, a slow release source of energy, high in fibre, good source of iron and excellent eco credentials. We believe in only using natural ingredients and our different ranges are all gluten-free.

“Last year, we set up our new bakery and kitchen in Mudford. We look across the fields to the river Yeo and enjoy the magnificent stand of mature willow trees next to the bakery.”

Here’s the deal: a box full of goodness delivered to your door…

The Easy Bean Box- £30

Chilled Meal Pots 4 x 320g pots

- Moroccan Chickpea & Aubergine Tagine

- Indian Cauliflower Sambar Dhal

- French Lentil & Chestnut Ragout

- Red Bean & Sweet Pepper Chilli

Chickpea Crispbread 2 x 110g packs

Made from chickpea flour and Somerset butter, then topped with different seeds - like a savoury shortbread. Good for snacking or serve with soup.

Bean Crackers 2 x 160g packs

- Green Pea & Chia Seed

- Red Lentil & Poppy Seed

Snack or serve with cheese or dips.

Chickpea Straws 2 x 100g packs

The Introductory Offer - £17

Chilled meal pots 2 x 360g

Chickpea Crispbread 1 x 110g

Bean Crackers 1 x 160g pack

Chickpea Straws 1 x 100g pack

Our “rescued edges” are the perfect snack.

To place an order: give us a call on 01935 817745 (9.30am-4.30pm) or drop us an email: easybeandeliveries@gmail.com . We will then process your order and deliver it straight to your door (no delivery charge).

Happy snacking…

Some helpful words we hope

April 30th, 2020

This news clip on ITV West Country caught our eye this morning about ways to hold on to some positive feelings at a difficult time. We hope you find it helpful also.