Vegan Chews & Progressive News {4-3-15}

Chickpeas & Changes’s “Vegan Chews & Progressive News” series strives to promote artful vegan food and progressive discussion of social issues—both of which I view as 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.

Before launching into today’s #NewsandChews, I want to remind ya’ll about the exciting news that Chickpeas & Change is now accepting submissions! I’m thrilled to be able to open this space up to voices from the anti-speciesist, feminist, anti-racist community. Check out this page for submission guidelines.

Friday means Vegan Chews & Progressive News (# NewsandChews)! Thanks for stopping by. 🙂 Today I want to share with ya’ll a surprisingly original and jam-packed sandwich, a decadent yet simply made custard, and unequivocally the best mac & cheese I’ve ever eaten. As for stories, we’re talkin’ Indiana, “feelings journalism,” and postcolonial scholarship. Enjoy!

Favorite Newly Published Recipe.


“The Veggie” Sandwich: Sunflower Seed Tzatziki, Golden Beets with Sumac, Avocado, & Sprouts
Via Faring Well

Photo via Jessie at Faring Well.

Photo via Jessie at Faring Well.

This rainbow-hued sandwich is bursting in textural contrasts, with creamy sunflower seed tzatziki sauce, tender yet toothsome roasted beets, smooth avocado, and refreshingly crunchy sprouts. I would like to cram this into my mouth riiiiight….now.


Pumpkin Seed Butter Custards
Via My Sweet Faery

Photo via Geraldine Olivo.

Photo via Geraldine Olivo.

I’m a huge sucker for creamy desserts (ice cream, pudding, custard, and the like), and this one looks quite versatile. Switch out the pumpkin seed butter for peanut or almond butter, the vanilla extract for almond or peppermint, and of course the honey for maple syrup or agave nectar—and you have yourself an infinitely adaptable sweet treat.

Best Recipe I Made This Week

Plum’s Spicy Mac n’ Yease
Via Vegan Richa

Photo via Richa Hingle.

Photo via Richa Hingle.

I’ve made this mac & cheese as a baked dish for my housemates twice now, and both iterations have elicited resounding praise. Seriously, they can’t get enough of this stuff, and for good reason: I don’t exaggerate when I say that this recipe yields perhaps the cheesiest, smoothest, most savory vegan cheese sauce I’ve ever encountered. I prefer to make it a non-spicy mac by substituting the red pepper flakes and cayenne for onion powder.

Must-Read Article

It’s Not Helpful to Tell Indiana Residents to ‘Just Move to a Blue State’
By Cynthia R. Greenlee

Photo via Shutterstock.

Photo via Shutterstock.

In the midst of well-deserved criticism of its Religious Freedom Restoration Act, Indiana has been the target of nationwide boycotts and media attention. However, a substantial amount of the backlash has been leveled at Indiana residents themselves, as though their state were inherently “backward” or inferior to more self-proclaimed “progressive” states (who also, please note, deal with their fair share of discrimination against various marginalized groups). This well-written article by Cynthia R. Greenlee eloquently drives home this point, which I feel is a super important one to bring into the debate currently being waged surrounding Indiana.

Favorite Podcast Episode or Video

Sarah Jaffe on Politics and Feelings
Via Radio Dispatch

Photo via Sarah Jaffe on Twitter.

Photo via Sarah Jaffe on Twitter.

Ever since I began listening to her and Michelle Chen on the Belabored Podcast, Sarah Jaffe has become one of my favorite pundits on labor, economic justice, and social movements in general. On this episode of Radio Dispatch, Sarah speaks about the recent upsurge of so-called “feelings journalism,” and critiques it as a privileged phenomenon that seeks to explain away the experiences of others based on how one…well, just feels about it. A great listen.

Book Recommendation

Provincializing Europe: Postcolonial Thought and Historical Difference
By Dipesh Chakrabarty

Photo via Princeton University Press.

Photo via Princeton University Press.

One of my courses this semester has turned me into an enormous fan of postcolonial scholarship for its views on how to conceptualize the world in a way that radically decenters Europe and Eurocentric thought. In this book, Chakrabarty calls into question the concepts of modernity, historicism, and a rationality that dismisses the spiritual realm (among many other topics). This one will have you rethinking…well, just about everything.

In solidarity, Ali.

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