Vegan Chews & Progressive News {7-17-15}

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.

Hello, all, and welcome to another round of Vegan Chews & Progressive News (# NewsandChews)! Today’s recipes feature a savory application for the now-ubiquitous aquafaba (bean liquid), a classically comforting drink with a sophisticated twist, and a decadent dessert. As for news, I’m sharing some accurate reporting on the recent Planned Parenthood “scandal” video in order to counter heaps of misinformation, a super accessible overview of the Iran nuclear deal and its political implications, and an up-and-coming website devoted to connecting trans people with quality healthcare providers. Have a good weekend!

Favorite Newly Published Recipe


Aquafaba Mayonnaise
Via Peanut Butter & Vegan

Photo via Hunter & Amy at Peanut Butter & Vegan.

Photo via Hunter & Amy at Peanut Butter & Vegan.

If you know anything about me you know that I have a special place in my stomach for vegan mayonnaise, so this innovative aquafaba mayo is right up my alley.


Lavender Chai Tea Concentrate
Via The Simple Veganista

Photo via Julie at The Simple Veganista.

Photo via Julie at The Simple Veganista.

A tall, icy glass of this sweet-and-spicy, lavender-spiked tea strikes me as an ideal pick-me-up on a sunny summer afternoon. Now all I need is a hammock…

Best Recipe I Made This Week

Banana Split Ice Cream Pie
Via The First Mess

Photo via Laura Wright.

Photo via Laura Wright.

This recipe has been on my “to make” list for quite some time now, and I finally got around to whipping up a version of it earlier this week. Forgoing the ice cream thanks to my lack of an ice cream maker, I doubled the coconut whipped cream and layered it between the roasted bananas, all on top of the crunchy chocolate crust. After my housemates took a crack at it, there were no leftovers to speak of.

Must-Read Article

Profiting From Fetal Body Parts? The GOP Sure Is
By Jodi Jacobson at RH Reality Check

Planned Parenthood Isn’t Doing Anything Wrong—but That May Not Matter
By Michelle Goldberg at The Nation


The latest in attacks on reproductive freedom: anti-choice groups have released a misleadingly edited video “proving” that Planned Parenthood sells the body parts of aborted fetuses to medical research facilities. Check out the stories above to learn just how manufactured and harmful this video is.

Favorite Podcast Episode or Video

Ali Gharib on the Iran Nuclear Deal
Via Radio Dispatch

Photo via Ali Gharib's Twitter.

Photo via Ali Gharib’s Twitter.

Not great at following intricate foreign policy news? Confused about the nuclear deal that the media is calling “historic”? Then this episode of Radio Dispatch with journalist Ali Gharib is just for you!

Book Recommendation Awesome Projects You Should Totally Check Out

Photo via

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If you’re at all familiar with the societal barriers that make it very difficult for trans people to ensure their overall well-being, you’ll know that navigating the medical-industrial complex is a major one of those barriers. Which is why it’s so awesome that this online database and community forum is about to launch!

In solidarity, Ali.

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