Martin Luther King Jr. Day

It may be a strange holiday to honor on a vegan blog, but I read several interesting articles and recipes today that I wanted to share. It started with an NPR article on food and the civil rights movement. That article led to a blog by Professor Frederick Douglass Opie, Food as a Lens, specifically MLK Through The Lens of Food Part 3: Montgomery, Alabama. (However, if I saw this post earlier, I might have made a pound cake, too). Both posts included links to vegan recipes, and so I made Vegan Goat Cheese, Spinach and Sun-Dried Tomato Stuffed Pork Chops with Roasted Garlic Fingerling Potatoes and Onions.

Then this article by Virginia Messina popped up in my Twitter feed, which I found very insightful. I’ve never understood the criticism that vegans care more about animals than humans. These things are not mutually exclusive. And honestly, I can’t understand separating them. So thank you, Martin Luther King, Jr. for all the progress you made in the civil rights movement. We’ve come a long way, but, unfortunately, there is still a long way to go. And thank you, Dexter Scott King, for advocating non-violence towards all animals, human and non-human.

Vegan Goat Cheese, Spinach and Sun-Dried Tomato Stuffed Pork Chops

with Roasted Garlic Fingerling Potatoes and Onions 

The filling and potatoes were delicious. The “pork chop” was not bad. H thought it was too juicy for a pork chop.

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