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.

Vegan Chews & Progressive News {7-10-15}

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.

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.

Vegan Chews & Progressive News {7-3-15}

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! Today’s edition of Vegan Chews & Progressive News (# NewsandChews) features some truly artful nosh, including a pizza crust made out of crispy potatoes and a bubblegum-pink vegan French macaron ready to impress. Then, for news, I’m sharing a piece providing a critical, “let’s-celebrate-but-also-remember-how-much-work-still-needs-to-be-done” perspective on last week’s same-sex marriage SCOTUS decision, a video on why the onus should not fall on systemically oppressed people to “educate” others, and an exciting new anthology that’s seeking submissions. Onward!

Favorite Newly Published Recipe

Savory

Potato-Crusted Pizza with Garlic Scape Pesto & Squash Blossoms
Via Gratitude & Greens

Photo via Genevieve at Gratitude & Greens.

Photo via Genevieve at Gratitude & Greens.

Crispy potatoes, springtime produce, and the mystical squash blossom all in one truly creative pizza? Count me in!

Sweet

Raspberry-Rose Macarons
Via My Wife Makes

Photo via Amrita at My Wife Makes.

Photo via Amrita at My Wife Makes.

The latest in the ongoing aquafaba (chickpea liquid) meringue excitement! After numerous samplings of Sweet Maresa‘s life-changing vegan French macarons, I’m thrilled at the prospect of experimenting with my own.

Best Recipe I Made This Week

Banana Crumb Muffins
Via Minimalist Baker

Photo via Dana Schultz.

Photo via Dana Schultz.

With an overload of bananas in my summer cooperative house, what can one do but make banana bread? Drawing upon my childhood nostalgia, I whipped up a batch of banana-walnut muffins–veganized versions of the treat I enjoyed during every visit to my grandmother’s house. Predictably, the muffins disappeared in mere hours. Hurrah for co-op living!

Must-Read Article

Interrupting Pride for Black Lives
By Kelly Hayes at Truthout

Participants in the #BlackOutPride contingent rally the crowd as they march toward the site of their action. (Photo: Kelly Hayes)

Participants in the #BlackOutPride contingent rally the crowd as they march toward the site of their action. (Photo: Kelly Hayes)

In light of the recent Supreme Court decision in support of same-sex marriage in the, it’s important to both celebrate, and to remember that we still have much to struggle for in order to fully enfranchise LGBTQ people in the U.S.

Favorite Podcast Episode or Video

Why Pressuring Someone to ‘Educate’ You About Their Struggles Is Oppression, Not Understanding
By Kat Blaque at Everyday Feminism

Photo via Kat Blaque.

Photo via Kat Blaque.

If ya’ll haven’t checked out the work of artist and activist Kat Blaque, I would highly recommend doing so. In her latest video, Kat explains why asking someone of a systemically marginalized group to “educate” you about the daily oppression they face contributes to that very oppressive power dynamic, and how to better go about working in solidarity with them.

Book Recommendation Awesome Projects You Should Totally Check Out

Call for Contributions to “Queering Animal Liberation,” VINE Sanctuary’s New Anthology
Via VINE Sanctuary

Anthology editors / Photo via VINE Sanctuary.

Anthology editors / Photo via VINE Sanctuary.

The fantastic, always intersectional activists and sanctuary caretakers over at VINE are at it again, this time in a brand new anthology on the important work of Queering Animal Liberation. Submit your stuff!

In solidarity, Ali.

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

Savory

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.

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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.

Vegan Chews & Progressive News {6-19-15}

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, folks! I hope you’ve been finding love, joy, and good weather in these perpetually tragic times. This week on Vegan Chews & Progressive News (# NewsandChews), I’m sharing with ya’ll two unorthodox salads to perhaps lighten the mood as much as they lighten the palate, as well as one surprisingly creative dessert recipe that will have you heading out to your nearest campground (or maybe just your backyard). For stories, I’m featuring an (I think) important perspective on the Charleston massacre, a video that offers an ever-necessary critique of the privileged dynamics of animal advocacy circles, and a book by one of my very favorite professors about how we can sufficiently feel rather than just intellectualize the immense atrocities happening all around us. What a way to start off the weekend!

Favorite Newly Published Recipe

Savory

Kale Salad with Tofu Feta, Sun-Dried Tomatoes & Lemon-Hemp Dressing
Via Choosing Raw

Photo via Gena Hamshaw.

Photo via Gena Hamshaw.

Sweet

Skillet S’Mores Dip
Via A Dash of Compassion

Photo via Nicole Axworthy.

Photo via Nicole Axworthy.

Best Recipe I Made This Week

Cucumber, Pineapple & Tomato Salad with “Asian” Dressing
Via Alexis Touchet at Gourmet Magazine

Photo via Romulo Yanes.

Photo via Romulo Yanes.

Must-Read Article(s)

There’s One Word the Media Isn’t Using When Talking About the Charleston Shooter
Via Zak Cheney-Rice at Mic.com

Photo via David Goldman/AP.

Photo via David Goldman/AP.

Favorite Podcast Episode or Video

Critiquing Privilege in Animal Advocacy Circles
Via Burning Hearts Media with lauren Ornelas, A. Breeze Harper, & Jacqueline Morr at the Resistance Ecology 2015 Conference in Portland, OR

Photo via Burning Hearts Media.

Photo via Burning Hearts Media.

Book Recommendation

Colonial Signs of International Relations
By Himadeep Muppidi

Photo via Oxford University Press.

Photo via Oxford University Press.

In solidarity, Ali.

Vegan Chews & Progressive News {6-12-15}

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, folks! I’ve got another round of Vegan Chews & Progressive News (# NewsandChews) for you today, featuring two hearty summer salads and an oh-so chunky granola that’s sure to start your morning off right. Oh, and of course lots of important news about why we should look critically at human rights rhetoric, an overview of the differences between sex and gender, and a compilation of Black vegans who are debunking the claim that “veganism is white.” Let’s get to it!

Favorite Newly Published Recipe

Savory

Green Bean & Purple Potato Salad
Via Love and Lemons

Photo via Jeanine Donofrio.

Photo via Jeanine Donofrio.

Sweet

Clumpy Banana & Almond Butter Granola with Cacao Nibs
Via Oh, Ladycakes

Photo via Ashlae at Oh, Ladycakes.

Photo via Ashlae at Oh, Ladycakes.

Best Recipe I Made This Week

Best Ever Warm Summer Rice
Via Blissful Basil

Photo via Ashley DeMillo.

Photo via Ashley DeMillo.

Must-Read Article(s)

Why Human Rights Don’t Work for Me
By Lydia Lopez

Eleanor Roosevelt and The Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Photo via The Feminist Wire.

Eleanor Roosevelt and The Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Photo via The Feminist Wire.

Favorite Podcast Episode or Video

What’s the Difference Between Sex and Gender?
By Mariana Wantanabe

Photo via Everyday Feminism.

Photo via Everyday Feminism.

Book Recommendation Awesome Projects You Should Totally Check Out

#BlackVegansRock: 100 Black Vegans to Check Out
By Aph Ko at Striving with Systems

Photo via Aph Ko.

Photo via Aph Ko.

In solidarity, Ali.