Vegan Chews & Progressive News {5-15-15}

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.

Hi, friends! Happy Vegan Chews & Progressive News (# NewsandChews) Day, amirite? Enjoy some spicy, messy tacos before cooling off and cleansing your palate with an intriguingly flavored, dairy-free ice cream that you could totally scoop onto the final recipe featured today (yummm…). In not so yummy news, I’m sharing with ya’ll a phenomenal piece of investigative journalism on the 34 students disappeared in Mexico lat year, the latest in treating police officers as exceptional in the face of murdered Black people, and a must-read scholarly article for any and all white people concerned with racial justice.

Favorite Newly Published Recipe


Jackfruit Asada Street Tacos
Via Fettle Vegan

Photo via Amber St. Peter.

Photo via Amber St. Peter.

When I can get my hands on it, jackfruit provides me with an ideal ingredient platform for creamy “chicken”-style salads to spread on sandwiches, and for spicy BBQ “pulled pork” to slather on a bun. In these taacos, jackfruit sports a brightly flavored marinade that I can easily envision myself enjoying on my backyard patio in the summertime.


French Tarragon & Olive Oil Ice Cream
Via The Circus Gardener’s Kitchen

Photo via Steve Dent.

Photo via Steve Dent.

Put herbs in a dessert and I’ll be all over it, especially when that dessert has some creamy-coconutty yumminess goin’ on.

Best Recipe I Made This Week

Bread Pudding
Inspired by Fat-Free Vegan Kitchen

Photo via Susan Voisin.

Photo via Susan Voisin.

What do you do when you and your housemate discover over 30 loaves of totally edible bread sitting outside of the dumpster behind a health food store? You take them back to your co-op and stick ’em all in the freezer. And then you start worrying that all this bread is never going to get eaten before we all have to leave campus for the summer in three weeks so you make bread pudding.

Must-Read Article

Ghosts of Iguala–Mexico: Case Unravels in Disappearance of 43 Students
By Ryan Devereaux at The Intercept


Protestors confront police in front of the 27th Infantry Battalion base in Iguala on January 12, 2015. (Eric Chavelas Hernandez/Anadolu/Getty)

I first heard about Ryan’s coverage of this intricate and ongoing story on the Radio Dispatch podcast, and immediately ran over to The Intercept to read his two-part investigation. If you’ve been at all following the case of the 43 disappeared students in Mexico and the larger political context of such an event, this phenomenal instance of journalism is a must-read.

Favorite Podcast Episode or Video

Wisconsin Activists to Continue Protests After Cop Avoids Charges in Killing of Tony Robinson
Via Democracy Now!

Protestors marched for justice for Tony Robinson, and for all black people. Photograph: Michael P. King/AP

Protestors marched for justice for Tony Robinson, and for all black people. Photograph: Michael P. King/AP

Remember back to March when a police officer in my hometown of Madison, WI forced his way into the home of Tony Robinson and fatally shot the Black teenager? Well, big surprise, no charges have been brought against that police officer. I think I’m starting to see a pattern here…

Book Recommendation

White Fragility
By Robin DiAngelo

Photo via The Pundit Press.

Photo via The Pundit Press.

Okay, so it’s not a book, but it’s a really great scholarly article! We read this piece by Robin DiAngelo in a workshop hosted on my college campus on white identity formation and anti-racist work, and it really resonated with my journey as a white person coming to racial consciousness. I’d highly recommend this article to all white people concerned with racial justice (which should be all white people…).

In solidarity, Ali.

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