Vegan Chews & Progressive News {4-10-15}

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.

Just a reminder 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.

Glad to see ya’ll for another round of Vegan Chews & Progressive News (# NewsandChews)! Today’s recipes are a breakfast-lover’s dream, complete with a savory casserole and decadent french toast. Oh, and of course I had to throw a sandwich in for good measure. As for stories, I’m excited to feature a reminder about the importance of radical humility, an adorable cartoon video about privilege that children and adults alike can enjoy and learn from, and a veganic community gardening project that needs your support. Happy Friday!

Favorite Newly Published Recipe

Savory

Vegan Strata
Via The Leafy Cauldron

Photo via The Leafy Cauldron.

Photo via The Leafy Cauldron.

Traditionally an American breakfast casserole of eggs, bread, and cheese, strata receives a much more animal-friendly makeover in this recipe from the cleverly named Leafy Cauldron blog (any fellow Harry Potter fans out there?). This hearty-looking dish boasts a colorful mess of spring vegetables and whole-grain bread, topped with a creamy custard based in silken tofu. I need to find an excuse to host a brunch party for this one…

Sweet

Brownie French Toast with Salted Date Caramel & Almond Butter
Via Vegan Richa

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Photo via Richa Hingle.

Dipping a thick slice of bread into brownie batter, slathering it with nut butter, and drizzling it with date caramel sauce sounds like something that needs to go on my to-do list immediately.

Best Recipe I Made This Week

Portobello Truffle Melt
Via The New Chicago Diner Cookbook

Photo via Jonna N. on Yelp.

Photo via Jonna N. on Yelp.

I had the immense pleasure of visiting the infamous Chicago Diner during a weekend family trip a couple of months ago, and was thrilled to have the opportunity to replicate some of their impeccable dishes when my mother gifted me The New Chicago Diner Cookbook for Christmas. This well-crafted dish from the book features succulent marinated & sauteed mushrooms stuffed between two slices of bread, complimented by a layer of truffle oil-infused vegan mayo and a melty slice of vegan cheese. A messy, totally satisfying sandwich.

Must-Read Article

The Myths of US Exceptionalism
By Jack Rasmus at Counterpunch

Image via CagleCartoons.com.

Image via CagleCartoons.com.

Though this article doesn’t explore in-depth the roots of the insidious ideology of US exceptionalism, it does demonstrate in concrete terms some of the reasons why this belief system is completely unfounded. As I explore more and more my positioning in the world, I’m constantly finding more evidence of the importance of cultivating radical humility; this article conveys a smattering of them.

Favorite Podcast Episode or Video

‘Sometimes You’re a Caterpillar’: A Story About Privilege
By Franchesca “Chescaleigh” Ramsey & Kat Blaque at RH Reality Check

Photo via RH Reality Check.

Photo via RH Reality Check.

Adorable yet profound in its simplicity. Take three minutes to smile and reflect.

Book Recommendation Awesome Projects You Should Totally Check Out

Atlanta Black Crackers Lab Camp
Via Eugene Cooke

Photo via Eugene Cooke.

Photo via Eugene Cooke.

With less than two weeks left in his IndieGoGo campaign, Atlanta-based urban farmer Eugene Cooke is requesting support to fund his outdoor community center called the Atlanta Black Crackers Lab Camp. This veganic farm will further the work of Grow Where You Are, “a dynamic full service provider in the field of local food systems” that “partner[s] with organizations and individuals to bring food abundance to communities.” Check out his project and support his financially, if you can.

In solidarity, Ali.

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