Vegan Chews & Progressive News {9-18-15}

Chickpeas & Changes’s “Vegan Chews & Progressive News” series strives to promote vegan food (an outgrowth of anti-speciesism) and progressive discussion of social issues—both of which I view as important 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 that Chickpeas & Change accepts submissions from the community! Check out this page for submission guidelines.

Hi, folks! Sorry about last week–the school year is picking up in a big way, and I’ve had to sacrifice a bit of my blog duties to keep my head screwed on right (more on that on Monday). But here! Look! It’s another edition of Vegan Chews & Progressive News (# NewsandChews)! No commentary today because, you know, school is my life now…but! I’ll see you on the flipside of the weekend. Enjoy!

Favorite Newly Published Recipe

Savory

Pan-Fried Green Tomatoes with “Buttermilk” Dipping Sauce
Via YumUniverse

Photo via Heather Crosby.

Photo via Heather Crosby.

Sweet

Thin & Chewy Pecan Cookies
Via Blissful Bites

Photo via Ashley DeMillo.

Photo via Ashley DeMillo.

Best Recipe I Made This Week

Tempeh-Potato Croquettes with Creamy Dill Sauce
Via The Colorful Kitchen

Photo via Ilene at The Colorful Kitchen.

Photo via Ilene at The Colorful Kitchen.

Must-Read News Article

Why is Fortress Europe building bigger walls?
By Nicole Colson at Socialist Worker

Photo via Socialist Worker.

Photo via Socialist Worker.

Favorite Podcast Episode or Video

Seattle Strike Enters Fifth Day as Teachers Protest Testing Policies, Racial Inequity & Low Wages
Via Democracy Now!

Photo via Democracy Now!

Photo via Democracy Now!

Book Recommendation

The Geographical Imagination in America, 1880-1950
By Susan Schulten at University of Chicago Press

Photo via U-Chicago Press.

Photo via U-Chicago Press.

In solidarity, Ali.

Vegan Chews & Progressive News {9-4-15}

Chickpeas & Changes’s “Vegan Chews & Progressive News” series strives to promote vegan food (an outgrowth of anti-speciesism) and progressive discussion of social issues—both of which I view as important 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, folks! Welcome to another installment of Vegan Chews & Progressive News (# NewsandChews), this one comin’ atcha from Poughkeepsie, NY, where I find myself in my last year of my undergrad education (eek…). I’ll probably need plenty of potent condiments, Midwestern ice cream flavors, and sticky-sweet-smoky tempeh to get me through it all (oh, that thesis…), so thankfully this post covers all those bases. As for stories, we’re doing things a bit differently today: I’m skipping the article to include a podcast episode, a book recommendation, and an awesome project. So! I’ve got coverage of the Dyett hunger strike for a public high school in Chicago; I’ve got a book from which virtually anyone who has ever had a disempowering educational experience would hugely benefit; and I’ve got a conference that’s eager for your conference proposals. Onward!

Favorite Newly Published Recipe

Savory

Magic Ancho Chile Relish
Via 101 Cookbooks

Photo via Heidi Swanson.

Photo via Heidi Swanson.

I don’t think there’s any flavor that can quite match that of the smoky-spicy-unctuousness of ancho chiles. So when you puree them into a concentrated condiment…well, you have something that I’ll slather on just about anything (be sure to scroll to the bottom of Heidi’s post for suggestions on just which anythings she recommends using with this).

Sweet

Blue Moon Ice Cream
Via Avocados and Ales

Photo via Lacey Siomos.

Photo via Lacey Siomos.

Non-Midwesterners, you may not understand, but Blue Moon ice cream will forever and always occupy a special, cone-shaped spot in my heart. Novel in color and flavor (Froot Loops, anyone?), Blue Moon succeeds in stumping child and adult alike in terms of just what exactly goes into creating that one-of-a-kind ice cream flavor. With this recipe, Lacey takes a valiant (and vegan!) guess at the Blue Moon code, and I could not be more excited to try it for myself.

Best Recipe I Made This Week

Tempeh Bacon
Via Healthy Happy Life

Photo via Kathy Patalsky.

Photo via Kathy Patalsky.

My promise to you? After trying this recipe, you’ll never need another version of tempeh bacon ever again. Ever.

Favorite Podcast Episode or Video

Yana Kunichoff on the Dyett Hunger Strike
Via Radio Dispatch

Photo via TSJ Chicago.

Photo via TSJ Chicago.

There’s some pretty incredible stuff happening in Chicago right now: on August 17, twelve parents from Bronzeville launched a hunger strike in front of Dyett High School to protest the injustices they and their children have suffered at the hands of the Chicago Public School administration and the Board of Education. This interview with independent journalist Yana Kunichoff gets into the details, and to stay up-to-date on the very latest news, be sure to bookmark this page.

Book Recommendation

Pedagogy of the Oppressed
By Pablo Friere

Photo via Continuum.

Photo via Continuum.

One of the foundational texts in the field of critical pedagogy, this book is an absolute must-read for anyone who has ever taught or been taught (so…everyone…?). Friere wrote as a Brazilian Marxist, seeking to challenge the capitalistic goals for which contemporary educational systems continue to strive, disempowering just about everyone with whom it interacts in the process. After almost 50 years, this book is still hugely relevant and important.

Awesome Projects You Should Totally Check Out

2015 3rd Annual International Students for Critical Animal Studies Conference
Via Students for Critical Animal Studies

Photo via Students for Critical Animal Studies.

Photo via Students for Critical Animal Studies.

We’re hosting a conference! That’s right–this year, the Vassar Animal Rights Coalition (VARC) is working with the Students for Critical Animal Studies (an offshoot of the Institute for Critical Animal Studies) to host their third annual conference here at Vassar. And we want your submissions! (Really…like, we REALLY want them.) To present at the conference, send a presentation title, 150-200-word abstract, and short biography to studentsforcas@gmail.com by the end of September. We hope to hear from you!

In solidarity, Ali.

Vegan Chews & Progressive News {8-28-15}

Chickpeas & Changes’s “Vegan Chews & Progressive News” series strives to promote vegan food (an outgrowth of anti-speciesism) and progressive discussion of social issues—both of which I view as important 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! Ready for another installment of Vegan Chews & Progressive News (# NewsandChews)? Good, because for this week’s recipes I’m sharing with ya’ll some well-spiced eggplant bites, a unique and oh-so-summery ice cream, and an easy way to eat up lots of cabbage. For stories, I’ve got an article lambasting Peter Singer’s utilitarian philosophy (because you really can’t have too many), a documentary on the continuing response to Hurricane Katrina, and an important book in the progressive education canon. No commentary on these ones from me today, folks–I’ve gotta go pack up my life in Madison to return to school in New York. Catch ya later!

Favorite Newly Published Recipe

Savory

Eggplant Meatballs with Za’atar & Kale Pesto
Via The First Mess

Photo via Laura Wright.

Photo via Laura Wright.

Sweet

Vanilla-Maple Sweet Corn Ice Cream
Via Fragrant Vanilla Cake

Photo via Amy Lyons.

Photo via Amy Lyons.

Best Recipe I Made This Week

Rice Bowl with Sweet-and-Sour Purple Cabbage & Tofu
Via Martha Rose Shulman at The New York Times

Photo via Andrew Scrivani.

Photo via Andrew Scrivani.

Must-Read Article(s)

Against Charity
By Matthew Snow at Jacobin

Angelina Jolie visits refugees in 2012. UNHCR / Flickr

Angelina Jolie visits refugees in 2012. UNHCR / Flickr

Favorite Podcast Episode or Video

New Orleans: Recovery or Removal?
Via The Laura Flanders Show at Truthout

Photo via The Laura Flanders Show.

Photo via The Laura Flanders Show.

Book Recommendation

More Than a Score: The New Uprising Against High-Stakes Testing
By Jesse Hagopian at Haymarket Books

Photo via Haymarket Books.

Photo via Haymarket Books.

In solidarity, Ali.

Vegan Chews & Progressive News {8-21-15}

Chickpeas & Changes’s “Vegan Chews & Progressive News” series strives to promote vegan food (an outgrowth of anti-speciesism) and progressive discussion of social issues—both of which I view as important 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.

Hey there, folks! Welcome to the 62nd (wow…) edition of Vegan Chews & Progressive News (# NewsandChews). This one will take care of all your colorful-and-hearty salad needs, then will touch upon homelessness and racism in relation to speciesism before sharing with ya’ll a media library chock full of revolutionary talks on important social issues. Happy Friday!

Favorite Newly Published Recipe

Savory

Israeli Couscous Salad with Burnt Citrus Dressing
Via Quite Good Food

Photo via Amber at Quite Good Food.

Photo via Amber at Quite Good Food.

I’m super intrigued by the process employed in this recipe of roasting lemons and oranges before making a dressing out of their juices — it certainly upholds my theory that just about anything tastes better after a trip in the oven for some caramelization. After you take a gander at the recipe, why don’t you hop on over to Electronic Intifada to get the latest on the Israeli genocide against Palestinians? (What, you really thought I was going to feature a recipe that uses Israeli couscous without reminding ya’ll about its country of origin?)

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Blondie Crisps
Via Bittersweet Blog

Photo via Hannah Kaminsky.

Photo via Hannah Kaminsky.

If you’re anything like me, you jump for the crispy-chewy-gooey corner pieces in any batch of brownies or blondies. Leave it to vegan baker extraordinaire Hannah Kaminsky to craft a blondie recipe that produces only those ideal edge pieces, and in the form of a cookie, no less! Magic.

Best Recipe I Made This Week

Curried Sweet Potatoes & Broccoli with Cashews & Raisins
Via 86 Lemons

Photo via Livvy at 86 Lemons.

Photo via Livvy at 86 Lemons.

Veggie-packed salads with crunchy nuts, chewy dried fruit, and creamy mayo-based dressings never fail to please me. And this one certainly didn’t fail to please my housemates, either! Everyone scarfed down this salad at dinner this past Monday, leaving no leftovers to speak of.

Must-Read Article(s)

Homelessness is the crime, not the homeless
By Allen Arthur at SocialistWorker.org

Photo via SocialistWorker.org.

Photo via SocialistWorker.org.

Homelessness and the criminalization of homeless people has been at the forefront of my mind lately, since my hometown has recently taken action against Madison’s homeless population, such as by removing from a downtown street the decorative rocks that homeless individuals would sit and sleep on. This article gives a great overview of similar measures taken all over the U.S., as well as the reasons — rooted in capitalist white supremacy — why municipalities enact such measures.

Favorite Podcast Episode or Video

The Problem with Appropriating Speciesism-Black Oppression Representations
By Liz Ross at Sistah Vegan

Photo via Sistah Vegan.

Photo via Sistah Vegan.

This video from the 2015 Sistah Vegan Conference features keynote Liz Ross speaking about racism and white supremacy within vegan circles, why we cannot directly compare manifestations of racism to those of speciesism, and how to connect racism and speciesism in ways that do not perpetuate a long, violent history of comparing Black people and non-human animals in order to demonize the former.

Book Recommendation Awesome Projects You Should Totally Check Out

WeAreMany.org
Via the Center for Economic Research and Social Change

Photo via WeAreMany.org.

Photo via WeAreMany.org.

This website is a veritable treasure trove of radical voices calling for all those who face oppression in the world to organize together against injustice. Most of the audio and video come from the annual Socialism conferences, dating back to 2009. I have been listening to these nonstop, and feel invigorated after each one.

In solidarity, Ali.

Vegan Chews & Progressive News {8-14-15}

Chickpeas & Changes’s “Vegan Chews & Progressive News” series strives to promote vegan food (an outgrowth of anti-speciesism) and progressive discussion of social issues—both of which I view as important 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.

Favorite Newly Published Recipe

Savory

One-Pot Cheesy Tomato & Broccoli Pasta
Via Ceara’s Kitchen

Photo via Ceara at Ceara's Kitchen.

Photo via Ceara at Ceara’s Kitchen.

I’m super enthusiastic about the idea of sticking a bunch of yummy stuff into a pot, covering it up, and opening it after a couple of minutes to find a completed dish. And when that dish involves toothsome pasta, tender broccoli, and juicy tomatoes in a noochy, herby sauce…even better.

Sweet

Frosted Walnut Cake
Via Wallflower Girl

Photo via Aimee Ryan.

Photo via Aimee Ryan.

Frosted cake is perhaps my favorite dessert. What’s not to love about moist, light baked goods coated in creamy sweet goop? This recipe features nutty cake encased in an aquafaba-infused frosting.

Best Recipe I Made This Week

Waffled Zucchini “Parmesan” Fritters
Adapted from Food52

Photo via Alpha Smoot.

Photo via Alpha Smoot.

Okay, so I really adapted this recipe. Egg=flaxseed meal, milk=non-dairy milk, parmesan=ground almonds + nutritional yeast, all-purpose flour=whole wheat flour, waffles=pancakes. But hey, they still turned out deliciously!

Must-Read Article(s)

24 Actions You NEED to Take to Help Trans Women of Color Survive
By Lexi Adsit at Autostraddle

Miss Major, prominent trans activist who served as a primary player in the Stonewall Uprising. / Photo via Outside the Frame.

Miss Major, prominent trans activist who served as a primary player in the Stonewall Uprising and who is featured in the film “Major!” / Photo via Outside the Frame.

What with the inexcusable number of trans women of color killed since the beginning of this year, the blatant whitewashing of the new Stonewall movie, and the countless institutional barriers trans people face to adequate healthcare, housing, and more, this article could not be more important.

Favorite Podcast Episode or Video

pattrice jones at the 2015 National Animal Rights Conference
Via Stacey B on YouTube

Photo via Stacey B on YouTube.

Photo via Stacey B on YouTube.

So the annual National Animal Rights Conference happened two weekends ago. I was not there, but activist extraordinaire pattrice jones of VINE Sanctuary was! The Vassar Animal Rights Coalition (VARC) had the immense privilege of welcoming her to campus last semester, so I can say from experience that seeing her speak is a real, thought-provoking treat. In this “New Directions for Animal Advocacy” plenary, pattrice speaks about taking a more kyriarchy-focused approach to animal activism

Book Recommendation Awesome Projects You Should Totally Check Out

Aphro-Ism
Via Aph & Syl Ko

Photo via Aph & Syl Ko.

Photo via Aph & Syl Ko.

Hey remember that Our Hen House podcast episode I hosted where I interview Aph Ko about kyrarichy-focused animal activism? Remember how awesome Aph Ko is? Yeah, it’s pretty hard to forget. Which is why it’s sososososo exciting that Aph and her sister Syl have launched a new blog that focuses on black feminism, veganism, animals, and anti-racism. I suggest that ya’ll subscribe to it immediately.

In solidarity, Ali.

Vegan Chews & Progressive News {8-7-15}

Chickpeas & Changes’s “Vegan Chews & Progressive News” series strives to promote vegan food (an outgrowth of anti-speciesism) and progressive discussion of social issues—both of which I view as important 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, everyone! Hope ya’ll are well and ready for another edition of Vegan Chews & Progressive News (# NewsandChews). Today’s recipes boast a varied mix of veggies, peanut buttery decadence, and toothsome, protein-rich yums. As for stories, gear up to read and hear all about the continued colonialism represented in the Puerto Rican debt crisis, discrepancies between reform and revolution, and the links between socialism and sexuality. Onward!

Favorite Newly Published Recipe

Savory

Roasted Vegetable Quinoa with Tahini Dressing
Via Harriet Emily

Photo via Harriet Emily.

Photo via Harriet Emily.

Some of my favorite veggies (sweet potatoes, kale, green peas) prepared in my favorite style (roasted) and tossed in a dressing redolent of my favorite flavor (tangy)? Count me in on this rainbow of a dish.

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Peanut Butter S’Mores Parfaits
Via The Frosted Vegan

Photo via Abby at The Frosted Vegan.

Photo via Abby at The Frosted Vegan.

Nope, I still haven’t tired of all this aquafaba enthusiasm, especially when the meringue-able bean liquid is featured atop a bowl of creamy, sweet, chocolate-peanut buttery goodness. I mean really, can you blame me?

Best Recipe I Made This Week

Chickpea Cutlets
Via Veganomicon (Recipe on The Post Punk Kitchen)

Photo via Isa Chandra Moskowitz.

Photo via Isa Chandra Moskowitz.

So this past Monday my housemate and I prepared a fancy French-inspired multi-course vegan meal for our fellow housemates, and our main course consisted of these infamous chickpea cutlets from vegan cookbook magician Isa Chandra Moskowitz. The verdict? My housemates could not stop asking me for the recipe, and demanded that I never leave the house (too bad I’m moving out in August!). So yeah, serve these to ya’ll’s friends.

Must-Read Article(s)

Puerto Rico’s economic ‘death spiral’ can be helped if Washington allows the island to declare bankruptcy
By Juan Gonzalez at New York Daily News

With unemployment over 12% and thousands of citizens fleeing to the mainland U.S., Puerto Rico is set up to be in serious economic trouble for years to come. / Photo via The Washington Post.

With unemployment over 12% and thousands of citizens fleeing to the mainland U.S., Puerto Rico is set up to be in serious economic trouble for years to come. / Photo via The Washington Post.

In this article Democracy Now! co-host Juan Gonzalez lays out the U.S. political posturing behind Puerto Rico’s economic crisis and, importantly, connects that crisis to this country’s vast history of colonialism. Read the article, then watch this clip from Democracy Now! for more info.

Favorite Podcast Episode or Video

Chepe on Social Movements and Revolution
Via Radio Dispatch

In this episode of the Radio Dispatch podcast, radical activist Chepe discusses a topic that is often on my mind: what sorts of actions will lead us toward the society in which we want to live, the one that affords us all collective liberation? Should we throw out reforms altogether, in favor of total, immediate revolution? Should we support non-revolutionary actors (i.e., Bernie Sanders) in our struggle toward revolution? Chepe touches upon these questions and more in this riveting episode.

Book Recommendation

Sexuality and Socialism: History, Politics, and the Theory of LGBTQ Liberation
By Sherry Wolf

Photo via Haymarket Books.

Photo via Haymarket Books.

Recommended to me by my ISO-member friend, this book by feminist activist powerhouse Sherry Wolf (omg watch her videos she’s incrediblefeatures essays on the roots of LGBT oppression, the construction of sexual and gender identities, and how to win sexual liberation for all. Good stuff, ya’ll.

In solidarity, Ali.

Vegan Chews & Progressive News {7-31-15}

Chickpeas & Changes’s “Vegan Chews & Progressive News” series strives to promote vegan food (an outgrowth of anti-speciesism) and progressive discussion of social issues—both of which I view as important 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, and welcome to yet another installment of Vegan Chews & Progressive News (# NewsandChews)! This edition covers all of your summer eating bases: BBQ, burgers, and ice cream. And, while you’re sated from your warm-weather foods, I’d highly recommend that you read & watch the stuff below for info on such important topics as racial justice, body image, and how the US’ slavery-based history pervades our country’s notions of race today. Let’s get to it!

Favorite Newly Published Recipe

Savory

Pulled Jackfruit Sandwiches with Homemade BBQ Sauce
Via Cupcakes and Kale

Photo via Jess at Cupcakes & Kale.

Photo via Jess at Cupcakes & Kale.

Even though the last time I tried to prepare jackfruit I ended up in the emergency room with a bloody ring finger (not from the jackfruit…from that damn veggie-shredding mandoline…), I have not yet been dissuaded from the satisfying texture and flavor-absorbing skills of the giant Southeast Asian fruit. And when that skillful fruit absorbs the tangy, sweet-spicy flavor of homemade BBQ sauce? Count me very much in.

Sweet

Snickerdoodle Blizzard
Via Feasting On Fruit

Photo via Natalie of Feasting On Fruit.

Photo via Natalie of Feasting On Fruit.

I’ve been on a continuous quest for the ideal, sufficiently thick vegan milkshake for at least two years now, and have high hopes for this innovative recipe. Innovative, you ask? Well, when was the last time you included a frozen sweet potato in your milkshake? Yeah. That’s what I thought.

Best Recipe I Made This Week

My Go-To Veggie Burger
Via Made To Create

Photo via Jessie May.

Photo via Jessie May.

These chewy, hearty, oh-so umami veggie patties graced the table of the most recent co-op dinner I prepared, alongside the pretzel buns that I featured on last week’s # NewsandChews. A huge hit! I mean, you can’t really go wrong with oats, walnuts, and loads of caramelized veggies, amirite?

Must-Read Article(s)

Feds Regularly Monitored Black Lives Matter Since Ferguson
By George Joseph at The Intercept

Photo via  Scott Olson/Getty Images

Photo via Scott Olson/Getty Images

Perhaps not the most surprising news given the FBI’s history of monitoring Black activists in the 1960s with COINTELPRO, but still supremely important given the fact that the Department of Homeland Security’s stated aim is to combat terrorism. So…Black Lives Matter activists=terrorists. Right.

On Walter Palmer, Cecil the Lion, and the History of the White Hunter in Africa
By Laura Wright at The Vegan Body Project

Photo via The Vegan Body Project.

Photo via The Vegan Body Project.

Okay, so yeah, I get everyone’s outrage around the murder of Cecil the Lion. I’m outraged, too. But I’m also outraged about the billions of animals killed without question every day for food, scientific research, entertainment and the like. AND I’m also also outraged about the history of white supremacy and imperialism that allows us to much more swiftly react with outrage about the murder of this lion than to those aforementioned billions of animals. So please read this.

Favorite Podcast Episode or Video

The Big, Fat Skinny Lie
Via Cristen Conger at Everyday Feminism

Photo via Cristen Conger.

Photo via Cristen Conger.

A powerful affirmation for anyone who has ever internalized media images of bodies, struggled to force their body to conform to an arbitrary standard, and/or thought that their self-worth varied in direct proportion with how small their body was. #Mywholelife. It’s taken a LOT of healing work to climb out of the depths of that obsessive, destructive way of thinking, and it’s validations like this videos that have certainly helped me along the way.

Book Recommendation Awesome Projects You Should Totally Check Out

#Charlestonsyllabus
Via African American Intellectual History Society (AAIHS)

Prayer Vigil for the Nine Victims of the Charleston Shooting / Photo via AAIHS.

Prayer Vigil for the Nine Victims of the Charleston Shooting / Photo via AAIHS.

I may be a bit late to the game on this one, but that doesn’t make it any less important. In the wake of the Charleston Massacre, a group of Black intellectuals and activists joined together to compile an extensive list of resources on the history of racial violence in the U.S., from plantation slavery to the Civil War to Jim Crow to the Black Power Era to white supremacy abroad and beyond. Okay, white folks–we don’t really have an excuse for ignorance anymore. Here’s the info, laid out right in front of us, at our fingertips.

In solidarity, Ali.

Vegan Chews & Progressive News {7-24-15}

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.

Howdy, folks! It’s that time again…time for another round of Vegan Chews & Progressive News (# NewsandChews)! This week’s recipes are a celebration of all things comforting and nostalgia-inducing, yet innovative in the techniques they employ. Then, for much less fun but much more important news, intersectional activist extraordinaire pattrice jones of VINE Sanctuary has a must-read message to white vegans who disparage the Black Lives Matter movement with “#AllLivesMatter”-type remarks. In related news, the incredible author Ta-Nehisi Coates recently appeared on Democracy Now! to discuss his remarkable new book, written as a letter to his son about what to expect growing up Black in the United States. And finally, an exciting new podcast from another great Black journalist Jamil Smith, via The New Republic. Good stuff today, ya’ll!

Favorite Newly Published Recipe

Savory

Challah Pretzel Buns
Via Recipe Fiction

Photo via Melinda McCamant.

Photo via Melinda McCamant.

Yet another phenomenal use of aquafaba (bean liquid)! Don’t these look like the fluffiest, yeastiest, doughiest little buns to ever come out of the oven? And with such a shine! Yes, these certainly would do well at a veggie burger BBQ.

Sweet

Circus Cookies
Via House Vegan

Photo via Hannah at House Vegan.

Photo via Hannah at House Vegan.

Do y’all remember those pink and white frosted cookies that came in a cardboard circus truck? Because I sure do. Of course, back then I didn’t understand the necessity of circus abolition (and, of course, prison abolition for humans), and ate those cookies unquestioningly. Perhaps these vegan circus cookies can serve as a good conversation starter, no?

Best Recipe I Made This Week

S’Mores Brownies
Via Fragrant Vanilla Cake

Photo via Amy Lyons.

Photo via Amy Lyons.

Raw date-nut crust. The moistest, fudgiest brownies you’ll ever brownie. Fluffy aquafaba marshmallow fluff, torched to perfection. Could you ask for anything more in a dessert? My housemates certainly didn’t think so. (Pan=empty in seconds.)

Must-Read Article

Irked by Black Lives Matter? Here’s What to Do.
Via pattrice jones at VINE Sanctuary

Photo via Black Lives Matter Twitter account.

Photo via Black Lives Matter Twitter account.

This is important reading, folks, especially for all of us white proponents of veganism and animal justice. In this thorough, impassioned article, VINE Sanctuary co-founder pattrice jones covers why #AllLivesMatter is appropriative, demeaning, and white supremacist, as well as how we white folks can better work in solidarity with Black people in the struggle for racial justice.

Favorite Podcast Episode or Video

“Between the World and Me”: Ta-Nehisi Coates Extended Interview on Being Black in America
Via Democracy Now!

Photo via Democracy Now!

Photo via Democracy Now!

The incredible Toni Morrison recently called Ta-Nehisi Coates today’s James Baldwin, and this Democracy Now! interview with Coates discusses the book that provoked her comment. As a regular contributor for The Atlantic writing on a host of social issues, Coates has certainly made a name for himself as a journalist and author, and with good reason. Watch this interview and be inspired.

Book Recommendation Awesome Projects You Should Totally Check Out

Intersection Podcast with Jamil Smith
Via The New Republic

Photo via The New Republic.

Photo via The New Republic.

A bit of a podcast fanatic, I’m thrilled that one of my favorite journalists, Jamil Smith, has collaborated with The New Republic to launch a brand new podcast on intersectional social justice issues! Give the first episode a listen and keep a look out for more.

In solidarity, Ali.

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

Savory

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.

Sweet

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

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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

MyTransHealth.com

Photo via MyTransHealth.com.

Photo via MyTransHealth.com.

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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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! This week’s edition of Vegan Chews & Progressive News (# NewsandChews) brings you an artfully crafted sandwich, a french toast epiphany, and a tried-and-true veggie side dish, featured alongside an important history of the construction of whiteness, an in-depth look at the economic situation in Greece, and a website that allows you to share articles from questionable sources without increasing their internet traffic. Happy Friday!

Favorite Newly Published Recipe

Savory

Soyster Po’Boy with Spicy Garlic Sauce
Via Spabettie

Photo via Kristina at Spabettie.

Photo via Kristina at Spabettie.

After experiencing the impeccable cornmeal-battered oyster mushrooms at The Pickle Shack in Brooklyn last summer, I get pretty excited about crispy-fried vegan “seafood” ‘shrooms…especially when they’re sandwiched between two pieces of bread and slathered in a creamy sauce.

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Aquafaba French Toast
Via Vegan Mother Hubbard

Photo via Sandra Kohlmann.

Photo via Sandra Kohlmann.

Aquafaba (bean liquid) is at it again! And this time it’s here to revolutionize your French toast. As my good friend and vegan culinary connoisseur posted on Facebook today: “Any vegans that haven’t been satisfied with weird vegan French toast, please try this.”

Best Recipe I Made This Week

Charred Green Beans with Harissa & Almonds
Via Bon Appetit

Photo via Romulo Yanes.

Photo via Romulo Yanes.

Alright, folks. I’ve been making this one for about four years now, producing drool-worthy results every time. The interplay of smoky, crispy veggies, bright and tangy harissa, and sweet, crunchy almonds produces a wonderfully balanced dish. I’ve also swapped out the green beans for asparagus and broccoli before with great success.

Must-Read Article

How White People Got Made
By Quinn Norton at The Message

Photo via The Message.

Photo via The Message.

If you ask me, it’s super important for white people to know how whiteness as a concept, social construction, and identity developed, especially because the dominant societal narrative tells us that when we embody whiteness, we are merely “acting normally.” But when that “acting normally” comes from a history of immense physical, psychological, and economic violence against an entire people…well, we should really reconsider that normalcy.

Favorite Podcast Episode or Video

Coverage of Greece’s Anti-Austerity Vote
Via Democracy Now!

Photo via Democracy Now!

Photo via Democracy Now!

By now, you’ve probably heard about the increasingly tense and hugely important economic situation between Greece and Europe more broadly. And, if you’re anything like me, you get confused about economic things unless they’re explained in a very straightforward manner…like on this episode of Democracy Now!

Book Recommendation Awesome Projects You Should Totally Check Out

DoNotLink

Photo via DoNotLink.

Photo via DoNotLink.

Have you ever wanted to share an article that made you angry, that you disagreed with, that provided a perfect example of the misguided politics that you’re trying to convince your parents and friends exist? Well, now you can do that without increasing the traffic to that article/website and subsequently making it more popular! Hoooraaaaay.

In solidarity, Ali.