Vegan Chews & Progressive News {6-26-15}

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, everyone! It’s Friday and that means another edition of Vegan Chews & Progressive News (# NewsandChews). Today I’d like to share with ya’ll three very green, very flavorful recipes, as well as a surprisingly wonderful article about living with non-human animals whom we usually consider “pests,” coverage of Charleston by an on-the-ground journalist, and an organization seeking to cultivate radical reform in the U.S. school system. Ya’ll ready?

Favorite Newly Published Recipe


Tofu Green Curry
Via Harriet Emily

Photo via Harriet Emily.

Photo via Harriet Emily.

I normally pass by curry recipes since to me the dish screams for improvisation and spontaneity, but this verdant curry from Harriet Emily struck me with its crispy, salty-sweet tofu, tender broccoli, sweet peas, and super thick texture.


Lime Whipped Cream, Blueberry & Sunbutter Granola Parfaits
Via The Vegan 8

Photo via Brandi at The Vegan 8.

Photo via Brandi at The Vegan 8.

Another green & coconutty recipe! Creamy desserts like ice cream, pudding, and whipped cream are certainly my favorites, but what really gets me about this parfait is the simple yet surprisingly original sunbutter-molasses granola. An ideal summer dessert, if you ask me.

Best Recipe I Made This Week

Rainbow Salad with Creamy Horseradish-Caraway Dressing
Inspired by Happyolks

Photo via Kelsey Boyte.

Photo via Kelsey Boyte.

For my turn at co-op dinner cooking last week, I wanted to make a veggie-packed kale salad with a Vegenaise-based dressing. So I threw some kale, red cabbage, carrots, radishes, raisins, and toasted peanuts into an enormous bowl and doused it all in a dressing adapted from Kelsey’s slaw: lemon juice, mustard, maple syrup, Vegenaise, caraway seeds, and horseradish. A huge hit with my housemates!

Must-Read Article(s)

Every Creeping Thing That Creepeth
By Alison Kinney at The New York Times

Photo via Getty Images.

Photo via Getty Images.

I’m hard-pressed to find writing on non-human animals (even from vegan advocates) that doesn’t refer to animals as “its” or otherwise objectify them, that doesn’t use animals as mere symbols for the human experience, and that truly appreciates animals as legitimate beings in their own right. Miraculously, this article by journalist Alison Kinney does! After living with cockroaches and housemates who didn’t want to be living with them, this article hits close to home (literally).

Favorite Podcast Episode or Video

Collier Meyerson on Charleston Shooting
Via Radio Dispatch

Photo via Collier Meyerson's Twitter.

Photo via Collier Meyerson’s Twitter.

In the midst of Charleston reporting that centers murderer Dylan Roof (thus giving him more power) rather than focusing on the community’s response, as well as media that refuses to refer to Roof as a terrorist, Collier Meyerson’s discussion of the current state of Charleston and its broader implications is refreshing and necessary. Give it a listen.

Book Recommendation Awesome Projects You Should Totally Check Out

Rethinking Schools

Photo via Rethinking Schools.

Photo via Rethinking Schools.

Since living with a housemate whose primary passion is radical education reform, I’ve become super interested in the politics of progressive education and have tried to seek out further resources on the issue. Rethinking Schools is one of my favorite resources I’ve found thus far, and their weekly email list is chock full of thought-provoking, changemaking gems. Check them out!

In solidarity, Ali.

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