Chickpeas & Changes’s “Vegan Chews & Progressive News” series strives to promote artful vegan food and progressive discussion of social issues—both of which prove necessary in fostering a society that prioritizes the well-being of all creatures (not just the rich, white, or human) over the continuous striving for profit/resource accumulation.
Whoa, it’s the 34th edition of Vegan Chews & Progressive News (# NewsandChews)! Where does the time go? Perhaps in recreating an intricate and show-stopping dinner entree? Or in munching on a handful of well-spiced granola? Maybe slurping up a big ol’ bowl of dumpling soup? But, if you haven’t spent all of your time immersed in vegan recipe land, then maybe you’ve been contemplating how to act in solidarity with women of color and trans people of color, how to advocate for anti-speciesism instead of vegan consumerism, or where to find some kick-ass resources on critical veganism. Coincidence — maybe you’ll find just what you need in today’s post!
Favorite Newly Published Recipe
Puff Pastry-Wrapped Lentil Loaf
Via It Doesn’t Taste Like Chicken
Though I certainly can’t argue with a blissfully simple, minimally involved recipe that packs a flavor punch, I also can’t help but get excited when I encounter a tad more involved recipe sure to wow dinner guests (or just me). This hearty lentil loaf encased in flaky puff pastry comprises one of the latter sorts of recipes. Maybe I’ll keep it up my sleeve until David Bowie finally comes over for a meal…
Ginger & Vanilla Granola
Via Nourish & Inspire Me
Minimally sweetened yet packed full of vibrant ginger mellowed by vanilla, this granola will surely find a place in my daily smoothie-topping rotation.
Best Recipe I Made This Week
Easy Vegetable & Dumpling Soup
Earlier this bitter cold and snowy week, no item on Earth — food-based or otherwise — struck me as just as comforting as this dumpling soup. Dense, chewy balls of starch swimming in veggie-packed brothy goodness? How could I possibly argue with that? I did change up the dumplings a bit from those called for in the recipe, substituting chickpea flour for all-purpose and tahini for olive oil, and found lovely results.
Must-Read News Story
“Mourners for Black Queer and Trans Lives Attacked by Castro Bar”
By QTPOC Liberation at The Feminist Wire
“Race, Domestic Abuse and a Warning Shot: Marissa Alexander Released From Prison, But Still Not Free”
By Nadia Prupis at Common Dreams
These two stories – the first about an attack on queer and trans people of color hosting a #BlackLivesMatter protest, the second about Marissa Alexander’s recent release from prison and transfer to house arrest – serve to remind us that, while Black Lives certainly Matter, the Black bodies of women and trans people of color require a particularly concerted effort of solidarity in order to make their lives matter to a society of white supremacy and heteropatriarchy.
Favorite Podcast Episode or Video
“Chaos in Yemen, Wrong Billy Crystal”
Via Radio Dispatch
While I don’t usually highlight animal-related stories in my # NewsandChews posts (’cause ya’ll know about that already, doncha?), John and Molly’s discussion of a recent New York Times article struck me as particularly resonant with my understanding of the problematic links between veganism and consumerism.
The article details the beyond-factory-farming torture of typically farmed other animals at an agricultural research center devoted to helping the cow, pig, and lamb industries maximize their profits in the face of a shift in consumer choices toward plants, birds, and fish. Though certainly not an uplifting wake-up call, the article demonstrates that our vegan consumption practices most often do not deter animal agricultural industries from engaging in the most visibly violent forms of speciesism.
Clearly, veganism-as-consumer-boycott does little to combat the dominant speciesist ideologies that permit and even encourage violent industries, and a much broader ideological shift is needed.
Book Recommendation Awesome Projects That You Should Totally Check Out
Last week I excitedly shared with ya’ll the work of powerhouse anti-speciesist feminist activist and thinker Hana Low, and this week I’ve gotten their permission to pass along a phenomenal list of resources on critical veganism that they’ve compiled. Take a gander at this Google Doc brimming with necessary viewpoints on veganism from marginalized voices.
In solidarity, Ali.