Social Responsibility and Sustainability

22 April: Bite Back Better: Plant-based cook-along

Do you have an appetite to take climate action? Are you hungry to reduce the carbon footprint on your plate? Got a craving for more plant-based options in your diet?

Come celebrate Earth Day 2021 with the Department for Social Responsibility and New Norm, and join us for a digital lunchtime cooking workshop. A professional chef will showcase some delicious recipes for you to try at home that will reinvigorate mealtimes without eating up your time or money. So, if you’re ready to taste test sustainable, low-carbon meals that will boost your ‘5 a Day’, reserve your place now! Tackling climate change never tasted so good.

In this session, you will learn how to make a plant-based pesto from scratch and how to use it in three different simple meals:

  • Homemade pesto with pasta & baked tofu
  • Pesto, cherry tomato & rocket sourdough sandwich
  • Roasted chickpea & pesto salad



  • 30g basil
  • 45g pine nuts
  • 2x cloves garlic
  • juice of 1/2 lemon (1x tbsp)
  • 5x tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 3x tbsp olive oil

Baked tofu

  • 280g pack of extra firm tofu
  • 2 tbsp soya sauve (tamari GF)
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 2 tbsp cornflour

Other ingredients

  • 100g wholewheat pasta (just for pasta and salad dishes)
  • 1x 400g can chickpeas (just for salad dish)
  • 200g cherry tomatoes
  • 30g rocket (or salad leaves of your choice)
  • 2x slices sourbough (just for sandwich)


  • Medium saucepan
  • Food processor OR hand blender
  • Baking tray x2
  • Shallow dish
  • Sieve/colander
  • Knife and board


Norma Gray

New Norm

Norma set up New Norm because she believes that plant-based eating is the most sustainable choice for the planet and for your holistic health; body mind & soul. Her mission is to make plant-based eating easy for everyone.

Find out more about New Norm

Event Hosts

Issy Cornwell and Bee Atkinson

Plant Society

The University of Edinburgh's Plant Society is a place for students and non-students from all backgrounds to develop and share their passion for plants.

Find out more about the Plant Society



Bite Back Better: Plant-based cook-along with New Norm and the University of Edinburgh Plant Society
Apr 22 2021 -

22 April: Bite Back Better: Plant-based cook-along

Join us for a lunchtime cooking workshop where you will learn some of the most delicious ways to reduce your carbon footprint on a student-friendly budget.

Online event