Black Friday

Black Friday, which originally started in the 60s in the US, has since been an increasingly popular time of year for retail industries and consumers. The amount of participants have grown so vast that it is now an international event where retailers will offer discounts on a range of products both in store and online.

Although this event brings about affordable items both essential and luxury alike, it does bring about more than a few environmental concerns. The mass consumerism results in up to 80% of items being discarded from homes and winding up incinerated or landfill and low quality recycling sites which contributes to the increase of harmful gases.

Unfortunately we are at the point where, according to the United Nations, the effects of climate change will become irreversible in roughly 9 years’ time. Changes such as increased drought, frequent storms and hotter temperatures are already taking place. As we have seen in 2020 and 2021, there have been food shortages as a result of mass consumerism. The demand for food and resources is increasing every day *and it seems the planet cannot sustain that need on account of the climate change.

A point to consider is that first world countries such as the UK and the US are amongst the large consumers in the world these days. To put into context, if every country consumed the same amount of resources as the US, we would need 4 Earths to sustain us. It is estimated that Europe spends $11 million on ice cream every year which could pay for the education of every child on the planet twice. And if that isn’t a wakeup call, there is a floating mass of waste in the pacific ocean known as the ‘Great Pacific Garbage Patch’, mostly made up of plastic and is now roughly twice the size of Texas. This is only one of 5 masses of plastic floating in our seas.

You may be wondering why we are bringing awareness to being eco-friendly and highlighting the effects that events such as Black Friday has on the environment, while doing sales for Black Friday ourselves. Well at Green Sisters we ensure that our packaging is 100% biodegradable. This means that if our packaging is discarded anywhere, it will decompose and have no negative effect on the Earth. There is always a way to save the planet. Many businesses are starting to go green and we’re happy to be part of that.

To conclude, while Black Friday may be an exciting time and certainly convenient for the many, we must be wary of the effects that our habits have on the only world we have. There is always a way to make a change for the next generation.

“When the last tree is cut down, the last river is poisoned, the last fish is caught, then only will man discover that he cannot eat money” – Native American Proverb (Cree).

Allergy & Free From Show 2021

As a newcomer to Green Sisters, this event was a brand new experience for me. I hadn’t been to an

event like the Allergy & Free From Show before so, as you might have guessed, I wasn’t sure what to

expect. Yet it pleasantly surprised me! To see that many people under one roof to support each

other, whether they were small businesses or show attendants, was quite the sight to see.

Although the event had started at 10am on the Saturday, the vast amount of people who were

crowding in excitement to try all the foods available was something I did not expect at that time of

day. But then again as people we always make efforts for food! It seems even 10 in the morning is a

good time for samosas and bhajis. It was an early start for the Green Sisters team, but the aroma of

fresh foods was more than enough to wake us up for the day.

Throughout the day, the queue of customers was more than enough to keep the team busy. I was

fortunate enough to go up and down the queue to ask survey questions to our customers while

getting to know everyone individually. I met some very fascinating and equally kind people which

made for it all to be an even more pleasant experience. Many of whom had long journeys to get to

the event. Whilst speaking to many people I noticed that most of our customers on the day were

actually coeliac. One thing I heard most from conversations with everybody was that many of the

attendees had not eaten a samosa in years and was amongst the foods they craved the most. Before

the event I hadn’t realised that allergen free samosas were so rare!

Since Saturday was so busy we ended up selling out of many products due to the shear demand for

our products. The Choco’licious Samosas were the first to sell out followed by the Spicy’licious and

Vegggie’licious Samosas. The Green Sisters products were such a hit that even our well stocked

stand practically sold out of everything by midday Sunday. Our meal deals were also a huge success

on both days, so much so that I could see people having taken their food and sharing it with their

friends and family. Fortunately enough this gave us a bit of legroom to enjoy the products that the

other exhibitors were selling and sampling. Unsurprisingly all of the other exhibitors were incredibly

welcoming and further highlighted to me that everyone who attended, both customers and

exhibitors, genuinely wanted to be there which only enhanced the enjoyable atmosphere of the

whole event.

To conclude my experience of this event, it was a genuine pleasure to attend the Allergy & Free

From Show at the NEC. It was informative, enlightening and not to mention all the food was good for

the soul! Whether you are Vegetarian, Vegan, Coeliac, a meat-eater, or if you have any allergies,

there is something for everyone. It is 100% true when people say that food brings people together.

The Allergy & Free From Show serves as a reminder that everyone can be included in the joy of


FreeFrom, Gluten free, Allergens, eggs, lupin, nuts, mustard, sulphite, dairy, wheat, peanuts

Coeliac Awareness!

I’m going to start this blog off by stating that the topic that I will be discussing is not to be taken lightly, as there are thousands of people out there who are suffering, due to a lack of understanding and information!

Coeliac Disease

Let’s talk about Coeliac Disease and how we are absolutely disgusted by a recent misrepresentation of the illness. For those who may not know what coeliac disease is, it’s an illness where the body’s immune system attacks their own tissues anytime gluten is consumed. This can damage the gut, making it hard to take in the nutrients that the body needs. The only cure for a coeliac is to go on a gluten-free diet. This is why coeliac awareness is so important.

Natasha’s Law

This is a topic that we’ve never shyed away from, however, we as a team believe it’s time to go into a bit more detail about why comments such as “a little won’t hurt” are very dangerous to not just coeliacs but to anyone with an allergy.

Let’s use an example to expand on my point. Imagine a perfectly, healthy 15 year old girl going on holiday with her friend, something that should’ve been a joyful experience. Unfortunately, the young girl, went into a cardiac arrest on her way home; at an airport, because she took a bite out of sandwich that was not labelled correctly.

That 15 year old girl’s name was Natasha Ednan-Laperouse, she died 17/07/16 due to an allergic reaction from sesame seeds, something that could’ve easily been prevented if only the packaging stated the inclusions of those seeds.

Gratefully, Natasha’s Law, which states that all ingredients must be clearly stated on all food packaging, went into play on the 1st October 2021. We hope that this will now put an end to mislabeled products being sold anywhere.

BBC Saturday Kitchen Complaint

On an episode of BBC’s Saturday Kitchen (18/09/21), a presenter served one of the guest, (who had previously stated that they were a coeliac), a meal that contained gluten, followed up by a comment along the lines of “a little won’t hurt”. With Natasha's unfortunate event in mind, it's very important for people to understand that even just a little bit of gluten can be detrimental to coeliacs. As previously mentioned, comments like the ones made on the popular tv show, are in fact untrue and disgusting as they invalidate the actual importance of gluten-free diets.

An organisation called CoeliacUK wrote a beautifully written, open letter to the BBC to portray themselves as the voice for all coeliacs and people with allergies. Honestly, we couldn't have said their message any better than they did. You can check out their open letter on their website here.

As one of our founders have previously said, when it comes to coeliacs and allergens in general, “there’s a huge knowledge gap” and this could not be any clearer than it is now, especially since this situation has risen. Over at Green Sisters, we will not stop playing our part in this community, where we provide both gluten-free and allergen friendly food as well as helping to educate others on the importance of this coeliac awareness.

Attending The Free From Festival - My Experience!


I’d worked other events in the past, but not one quite like the Free From Festival. Even in the weeks of preparation before the day, I felt somewhat expectant. I was looking forward to being able to try new foods, and meeting the Green Sisters community in person. You can do a lot of work behind a desk, but there’s always value in being reminded of the impact you’re making.

By the time I’d arrived at The Boiler House on Brick Lane, there was a street-long queue. And when it turned 11:00 and the event started, it did not relent! People were still walking in hours later! The reception was instantly welcoming, and it was lovely considering many of them had never met me before.

Because so many people lined up to try some Green Sisters cuisine, I had the opportunity to speak to some customers, and offer the chance to complete our Personality Quiz [Find out how spicy YOU are!] So many of you were returning customers, which is a testament within itself. And then there were the newcomers – to Green Sisters and the Festival itself! – who were drawn in by tiers of samosas and bhajis, and found that their dietary requirements could be met without compromise. The other vendors were incredibly friendly and supportive too!

When visiting the other stalls, I noticed that not many savoury foods were on sale. If you were looking for meals, there weren’t many on offer. This made me wonder about how many allergen-free meals are available in the UK, and how widely available they are. Green Sisters being able to offer meals on the day, as well as their new subscription parcel shows that a need is being fulfilled.

One of my favourite things about Green Sisters is the ’14 Free strip’ – two rows of icons that you can find on their business cards and packaging. We even had it on one of our banners! This design choice was really one of a kind at the Free From Festival. I noticed that you had to search for the allergen information on a lot of other products. And they were usually on the back in a small font.

Green Sisters on the other hand, highlight their allergen information at the front. It essentially lets you know that their products are free of the UK’s 14 Major Food Allergens: Gluten, Peanuts, Tree Nuts, Celery, Mustard, Eggs, Milk, Sesame, Fish, Crustaceans, Molluscs, Soya, Sulphites, and Lupin. I don’t recall having to turn away a single person because we did not suit their dietary requirements. The only time we came close to being apologetic was when we had to inform everyone we’d ran out of samosas.

The Free From Festival was truly a rewarding experience, reminding me of the value of fulfilling a need. So often we can get caught up in the ‘everydayness’ of life, and become complacent or comfortable. We are always working towards something, and last week I was reminded of that.

Store Cupboard Essentials for making any ‘Free From Compromise’ Plant-Based Meal

New to Plant-Based eating? Well, I can bet you’re not the only one, as it’s certainly new to me. Curiosity in food is a wonderful thing, but can also be daunting. I think it’s safe to say we can all agree that knowing where to start is the most difficult part of planning a healthy plant-based diet.

Everybody eats and everybody eats differently, but not everyone is aware of this. You may not care for the obscure ingredients in your restaurant lunch, but your friend with a peanut allergy would certainly like to know what’s in the sauce.

That being said, Food allergens are more common than you may think, and it’s slowly but surely becoming more common knowledge. Thus, allowing room for more allergen-friendly products and businesses to make a change.

In average day-to-day life, most have little concern over what they eat, excluding its palatability. For most, taste can make or break a meal choice, because who doesn’t want to eat delicious food all the time? However, for some, the key factor to whether they eat a meal or not comes down to safety.

A little over three months ago, I went from being your average home cook to a Kitchen assistant learning the complexities of the plant-based, allergen-free world and how not all food is as ‘made to share’ as we’d like it to be.

So, whether you’re new to plant-based eating, or a seasoned professional, whether you made your way to this blog through a desperate search of guidance, or stumbled across it along your way out of simple curiosity. Fear not, through my journey of discovery creating an enticing 14 Allergen free menu for Green Sisters I’ve made note of a few cupboard essentials to help make your food journey just a little bit easier.

Welcome to our Plant Based meal essentials!

1.Chia Seeds

Not just good for you, chia seeds are ridiculously versatile. From being sprinkled raw onto cereals and salads, they can also be toasted and incorporated into bakes, ground up, and added into soups as a thickener with added nutritional value. Or, my personal favourite, mixed into your favourite liquids to make delicious puddings perfect for breakfast or dessert.

Bonus they really are good for you, packed with fibre and omega-3 fatty acids to help you maintain a healthy gut.

  1. Maple Syrup

Sweet and all-natural. Need to sweeten up your bakes, make a glaze, dressing, top some pancakes? Maple syrup has your back. It comes in a variety of grades from light amber to dark amber, the flavour becoming more robust the darker it is. Perfect addition to any Plant-Based pantry especially for those who are looking for a more natural sweetener choice.

Bonus, alongside being an all-natural sweetener, maple syrup is also a source of calcium and antioxidants.

  1. Chickpeas

Chickpeas are amazing. They go great in curries and soups, spiced and toasted they make the perfect crunchy snack and can even be used to make a delicious hummus dip to go with your crudité (crew-d-tay) platter at the party. Be it as a main, a snack or a side chickpeas make a great addition to any pantry.

Bonus, chickpeas are a great source of iron and fibre.

  1. Rice

A household staple across the board, great for last minute meals. A strong contender for the perfect side dish and fully customisable. Fried rice is good enough to eat all on its own and is a great way to use up perishable vegetables to avoid food waste. Super important to get the best of Plant Based meal essentials.

Bonus, there are more varieties of rice than you’d think, why not try some. There’s White Rice, Brown Rice, Wild Rice, Basmati, Arborio, etc. Find the one that best suits you.

  1. Vinegar/Coconut Vinegar

Vinegar is an essential ingredient, it aids in all aspects of cooking. From making homemade sauces, being used as a dressing for salads and pasta, topping fresh hot chips, and even saving over salted dishes. Coconut Vinegar is a great alternative for those with sulphite allergies.

Bonus, it’s not just a great alternative for those with sulphite allergies but Coconut Vinegar is also a rich source of Vitamin C and potassium.

  1. Soy Sauce/Coconut Aminos

Soy Sauce, a key ingredient for most if not all savoury East Asian dishes. Definitely, a must have for any fried rice dish. Have a Soy allergy? No problem Coconut Aminos is a lifesaver as the perfect Soy Sauce Substitute, it has a robust flavour and has the same dark brown hue as soy sauce so is sure to add a splash of colour to your dishes.

Bonus, Coconut Aminos is also gluten free and has a lower salt content than regular Soy Sauce


  1. Herbs & Spices

This is an essential for every cupboard. The cornerstone of a delicious tasting meal is the flavour, most of which is controlled by the seasonings used in the cooking process. There are near limitless selections of herbs and spices you could use to elevate your cooking, be it a savoury or sweet dish, and a lot of them also come packed with added nutritional value.

I know it’s a list within a list but some details need more attention than others, here’s a selection that are definitely worth adding to your Plant Based meal essentials.This list is what I consider to be essential cupboards spices:

  • Cinnamon
  • Turmeric
  • Chilli Powder
  • Black Pepper
  • Paprika
  • Garlic Powder (We don’t always have the time to finely dice our garlic)
  • Parsley
  • Mint
  • Basil

Bonus, to save a few extra pennies or start a fun side hobby, why not try growing some of your own herbs. Doesn’t take too much space to start, a small pot and a windowsill (not exactly a cupboard) is all you need to be able to start growing your own basil

*I’d advise avoiding premixed spices as they often contain additional salts and additives

I’d like to emphasise fresh foods are just as essential to creating delicious dishes so don’t forget to stock up on fruits and veggies just as well.

Hope my list of cupboard essentials proves to be useful to you in your food endeavours. If so be sure to add them to your Plant Based meal essentials!

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Simple Yet Delicious: Creamy Chia Pudding

A Simple Yet Delicious dish you can make at home.

Chia Pudding, what’s not to love. Creamy and delicious, great hot or cold. Comes in a wide variety of colours and flavours. An easily customisable dish to suit the pallets of even the pickiest eaters.

A simple recipe to make for a singular portion or a batch big enough to share.

Serves: 3-4

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes - 8 hours

  • Full Fat Coconut Milk - 1 ¼ Cups
  • Chia Seeds - ¼ Cup
  • Maple Syrup - 2 Tablespoons
  • Vanilla Extract – 1 Teaspoon
  • Cinnamon – 1 Teaspoon
  1. Combine all ingredients in a Mason Jar (Or any airtight container you may have) mix well then seal and place in the fridge for a minimum of 30 minutes. Best left overnight for a smooth silky pudding
  2. When ready, serve in a dish topped with shredded coconut a drizzle of maple syrups, and chunks of your favourite fruits

*Experiment with the flavours to find what suits you best. Try a different milk, add a shot of espresso or spoon of Chai to your mix

*If you know you will be in a rush in the mornings, try blending your fruit and adding that to the overnight mixture for a fruitier flavoured pudding. Add less Coconut Milk if you don’t want it to become too runny

*Warm pudding in a pot over a medium-low flame for a delicious hot breakfast porridge

*Why not pair your Chia Pudding with one of our delicious Choco’Licious Samosa’s

Do you love this recipe as much as we do?

Tag @greensisters_official on Instagram and hashtag it #simpleyetdelicious

Sweet n Spicy Mango Chutney

Best Ways To Cater For Individuals At Your Party!

Everybody knows that planning any type of party can be stressful, regardless of whether its a tea party for a handful of people or a big birthday bash for hundreds of people. Nevertheless, I think that we can all agree that one of the most stressful elements of planning a party isn't the expenses or deciding who to invite, it's being able to cater efficiently for all individuals that will be there.

Now this is a very hard task to fulfil when people just generally like or dislike different things, but when people have different  allergies or specific diets that they need to stick to, the task starts to feel like it's almost impossible to execute. We recognise that this can be a huge set back for some people because nobody wants to exclude anybody especially from something as important as food. Having dealt with this issue many times ourselves in the past, Green Sisters was formed because we think that food should always be inclusive, so here are a few of what we think are the best ways to cater for all individuals when planning a party!


Ask Questions About Their Allergies or Diet!

This may seem like the simplest and maybe even most obvious thing to do but sometimes it's the easy, simple things that we often forget about. When planning your party, give yourself a few weeks in advance to ask each individual about what their allergies/diets are and make sure to ask follow up questions so that by the end of the conversation, you have a pretty good idea on the things their diets entail. Asking these questions in advance will grace you with a bit more time to find the perfect meal or snacks for your party!

Simple, Simple, Simple!

To make it easier for yourself, we would suggest finding a simple meal or snack to serve your guests. Something that doesn't take that long to make and doesn't require a lot of ingredients would be the best way to go. If you need help with deciding, there are many recipes online and in books, so you should be able to find something that allows you to cater for all.

Keep Them Apart!

If you decide to make or provide more than one dish where one is allergen friendly and the other one isn't then make sure you keep them away from each other. The last thing we want is a cross contamination nightmare! Be sure to put them on different plates and add a label to each of them clearly stating what they are and the allergens that they contain. I promise you, this will make things a lot easier for everyone.

So there we have it, a few of our best ways to cater for all individuals when planning a party. If you ever get stuck on what food to serve at your party then don't forget to look at where you are right now! Green Sisters provide a range of tasty allergen friendly snacks and meals, have a look at our shop 

Is organic food consumption just a trend?

We’re sure that you’ve heard or seen  the trend where people i.e. celebrities and popular influencers, ramble on about organic food. But have you ever wondered why it’s such a big deal and better yet what the actual advantages of organic food consumption? Well fortunately, we have the answer as all Green Sisters products are made from organic ingredients.  Check out our plant-based products here! (after you’ve finished reading this article of course).

So what do we mean by ‘organic food’?

When we say that something is “organic”, we are referring to the item having been produced without the use of chemicals e.g. fertilizer, pesticides, artificial sweetener etc. The plants are produced through farming practices, where only natural substances are used to help the produce grow.

What are the advantages of eating organic food?

Aside from the fact that there’s been an increased demand for organic products over the past decade or so (to the point where it is now a trend to not only purchase organic food but also items such as makeup or skin care that have organic ingredients within), studies show that there are actually many benefits to eating organic meals or switching to an organic based diet. Such as:

  • Improved Health!

This is the most valuable benefit of consuming organically made foods. A lot of people make it a goal to be a lot healthier and so it comes to no surprise that one of the ways that they try to achieve this aspiration, is by switching to organically produced meals. Organic based food does not contain any toxic or harmful chemicals therefore no harm will be done to your body internally. Studies have shown that their higher antioxidant content helped protect cells from damage.

  • Gives You More Energy!

Due to the lack of harmful chemicals, artificial flavours and processed additives, your organic based meals will provide you with more energy especially since you will no longer have unhealthy fats in your digestive system which were contributing to slowing you down. Furthermore, giving you more energy, healthier skin and a much brighter mood.

  • Stronger Immune System!

Organic foods are a lot higher and richer in quality as well as in vitamins and mineral contents, which according to studies have helped to increase the strength in immune systems. This allows you to fight off more diseases a lot quicker potentially including diseases such as Covid-19.

  • The Knowledge That You’re Not Consuming Genetically Modified Foods!

Morally, there’s nothing wrong with eating genetically modified food but wouldn’t you like to know that you’re not putting harmful chemicals in your body.

  • It Tastes Better!

Organic food consumption is great as it is always fresh therefore it’s always going to taste better than modified food as well, in my opinion that should be a big enough reason to switch over to organically produced food!

Those are just a few of the many reasons why switching to  organic based foods could be a valuable decision and why it’s way more than just a trend on social media. Now that you’ve finished this article please feel free to visit our shop page and try out some of our tasty samosas which have been made using organic ingredients. Yum!

'Find your healthier you' | Wellbeing Week

Health and Wellbeing month continues at Green Sisters! This week is BNF Healthy Eating Week, Nutrition and Hydration Week, and Diabetes Week. The Great Get-Together (18th - 20th June) will also be this weekend.

Nutrition and Hydration Week (14th – 18th June) is an annual event that seeks to champion nutrition and hydration all over the globe. They aim to promote the sharing of good nutrition and hydration practices, and as well as continued education, professional development, and improvements in ‘all settings’.

Green Sisters contributes to the increase of nutrition and hydration accessibility by providing a range of Vegan, Free From dishes that are healthier than their alternatives. This is part of what motivated us to become an online business in 2020. We're a shortlisted 'Online Business' at the Farm Shop & Deli Show! Find our events profile here.

Diabetes UK dropped a new film for Diabetes Week (14th – 20th June). They recorded the stories of 15 different diabetic people, and are calling for the public to share their stories on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, under the hashtag #DiabetesStories. Their online shop has several free resources to help you get involved!

More than 4.9 million people in the UK have diabetes, with around 90% having Type 2. Diabetes UK campaigns to get advice and support to diabetics across the country, and their research aims to find treatments and, one day, a cure.

Around 850,000 people are predicted to have diabetes, but be undiagnosed (source: Early detection and treatment can decrease the risk of developing health complications. This is why today, Green Sisters is pledging to raise awareness of the seven main symptoms of diabetes (type 1 and 2), as part of our contribution to Diabetes Week:

  1. Weeing more often, especially at night.
  2. Cuts and wounds taking a longer time to heal.
  3. Feeling tired often.
  4. Blurred eyesight.
  5. Genital itching and/or thrush.
  6. Being really thirsty.
  7. Losing weight without trying to.

Although these symptoms can affect anyone regardless of age, no individual is the same. Diabetes UK have an explainer video if you’d like to find out more about common symptoms and causes of diabetes.

The British Nutrition Foundation’s Healthy Eating Week (14th – 18th June) is themed ‘find your healthier you’ this year. BNF seeks to empower all participants to know the facts around healthy eating, make and plan for healthier choices, and promote the importance of staying active. Their site has a resource list of live events, videos, presentations, activity packs, and even a participation certificate!

Green Sisters champions healthy eating by providing delicious food that is vegan and free from the UK's major 14 allergens. Our award-winning dishes give you - especially those with allergies or dietary requirements - the power to #SayNoToCompromise. Why not check out our store? You may find your healthier you there...

Safe Food, Healthy Tomorrow | World Food Safety Day 2021

From Nutrition and Hydration Week to The Great Get Together, June appears to be the month of Health and Wellbeing. And today is no different!

Every year on June 7th, it is #WorldFoodSafetyDay – a time for awareness and action around foodborne risks and sustainable development. Food-related risks can include hygiene, vulnerabilities in food production systems, and even dietary requirements and allergies.

This year’s theme is ‘safe food today for a healthy tomorrow’. On June 6th, the United Nations tweeted that unsafe food ‘kills an estimated 420,000 people every year.’ – sadly, this statistic includes the result of fatal allergic reactions. With over 44% of the UK population affected by at least one allergy, and Europe at large predicted to have a 50% prevalence rate by 2025 (source: Allergy UK), we all share a responsibility to ensure the food we consume is safe and healthy.

This is why we took so much pride in winning bronze for packaging at the #FreeFromFoodAwards last month! Our 'Spicy’Licious Samosa' AND 'Samosa & Bhaji Chaat' packaging caught the judges' eyes for their passionate display of the 14 most common allergens in the UK. Food safety is everyone’s business, and it shouldn’t be difficult to find safe, allergen-free food that tastes great. We offer a huge thanks to the Free From Food Awards for empowering businesses like ours to reach those who need us.

The push for better labelling on packaging has been amplified by The Natasha Allergy Research Foundation (NARF), who’ve championed millions of allergy sufferers through allergy safety campaigns. NARF have also inspired #NatashasLaw, which will require food businesses to display allergen information on their products from October 2021.

But world food safety encompasses a lot of things, and packaging is only one of them. This is why we all have a part to play. And when we come together and champion safe food today, we create a better, healthier tomorrow.

Let’s work together, inspiring action and awareness around health, food security, market access, and so much more. This is how we #SayNoToCompromise.

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