Heinz, which has been selling tinned
baked haricot beans for more than two Easy options with
centuries, have branched out with other tasty outcomes
flavours, heading to Mexico and India for
inspiration. Showing the cultural variety of bean
Back British shores, Christina dishes, the easy bean range includes
Baskerville, is the managing director of the following dishes. Carb values are
gourmet meal specialists Easy Bean. given per 100g. Some recipes use peas
She points out that beans and legumes “My mission is to show everyone or lentils -- similar to beans in terms of
come in a wonderful variety of tastes how versatile and healthy a protein and carb profiles.
and textures and are one of our most meal made with beans can be.
African Palava: A West African hotpot
important sources of protein, nutrients Beans have more fibre than
and vitamins. They are also good for and a colourful profusion of Fairtrade
many wholegrains, are virtually brown beans, free-range chicken,
the environment because they add vital
nitrogen to the soil as they grow.
fat free and are high in protein. peanuts, sweet potatoes and spinach,
Baskerville says, “Beans are eaten Our meals are as tasty as they 8.2g per 100g.
all over the world and are central to are healthy. They are low in salt New Mexican Chilli: Fairtrade red beans
traditional recipes in many continents. and are handmade in small with sweet peppers, tomatoes, spiked with
the jalapeño chilli, 8.6g per 100g.
They can be used to create really tasty batches.” -- Christina Baskerville
meals quickly, easily and deliciously. Moroccan Tagine: A hotpot of slow-
Some people think of beans as a plain cooked chickpeas, Mediterranean
vegetables, apricots and aromatic
(continued over) spices, 7.5g per 100g.
Spanish Puchero (above): Fairtrade
haricot beans, chorizo sausage and an
oak-smoked paprika from the Extremadura
region of Spain, 7.5g per 100g.
Indian Sambar: Toor Dhal peas
simmered slowly with coconut and
tamarind juice and finished with chunky
vegetables and mustard seeds, 12.1g
French Cuisinées: Green lentil and
sweet chestnut simmered with classic
vegetables, rosemary and thyme, 0.1g