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Chili News (Who doesn’t love vegan chili, right?)

I think we’ve made you wait long enough…  Here is the winning chili recipe from our First Annual Vegan Chili Cookoff last month!  Enjoy!

Chipotle Sweet Potato Chili
Submitted by Lauren Murray

3 medium sweet potatoes
juice from 1 lime
2 red bell peppers
1 large onion
4-6 cloves of garlic
2-3 15oz cans of organic black beans
15oz can of organic tomato sauce
28oz can of organic diced tomatoes
chipotle peppers en Adobo sauce
vegetable stock
Field Roast Mexican Chipotle sausages (optional)
olive oil
agave nectar
brown sugar
chipotle pepper powder
ancho chili powder
chili powder
habanero pepper (optional)

A note from Lauren: I have a bad habit of not measuring anything when I cook, so these spice measurements are all approximate. Add them in small amounts and adjust to taste as it cooks. I know this looks like a novel, but it’s not hard, trust me!

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Wash and peel potatoes, and cut into 1 1/2-2″ inch chunks (they’ll shrink). Toss chunks with the juice from the lime and drizzle with the olive oil and agave until coated. Add about 1/4 cup of brown sugar, and a teaspoon each of chipotle pepper powder, cinnamon and salt, and 1/4 teaspoon of cayenne. Toss to coat. Line a rimmed baking tray with foil and dump potatoes on  it. Roast for 30 minutes, flipping them halfway. If they look dry when you flip, drizzle with a little more oil.

While potatoes are roasting roughly chop the onion and garlic. Saute in a large soup pot over medium heat until tender. Add a teaspoon each of chili powder, ancho and chipotle pepper powder, cumin, cinnamon and salt. Add the diced tomatoes and tomato sauce. Dice 2 or 3 chipotle peppers and add about a tablespoon of adobo sauce. Turn the heat up to high. Once it reaches a boil reduce to simmer and cover. Add spices to taste.

Increase oven temp to 425 degrees.

De-stem the bell pepper and cut in half vertically. De-seed and coat with olive oil. By now the potatoes should be done. Take the foil (with potatoes on it) off your baking tray and set aside. Line the baking tray with another sheet of foil and place the peppers cut side down. If you’re using the habanero pepper, lightly oil it and place it on the tray. Roast for 20-25 minutes, until the skin browns and blisters on top. Upon removal immediately place bell peppers in a paper or plastic bag and allow them to steam. The skin of the habanero should be very easy to remove without doing this. Cut it in half, de-seed and dice it very small. Add it to the tomato mixture. (Note from Lauren: I only used about half of one and it was SUPER spicy. This is totally optional. I have made it without, and it is just as good!)

Drain your black beans, and rinse them if you want. Start with two cans, and if desired add the third. Add them to the simmering tomato mixture and adjust your spices if needed. Remove the bell peppers from the bag and peel the skins off. They should come off pretty easily, but if some stick it’s not a big deal. Cut into thin strips or chunks.

Add the red peppers and potatoes to your pot. It should be pretty thick by now. Add vegetable broth until desired consistency is reached. In addition to the chili spices, add more brown sugar and cinnamon to the mixture if needed.

If you’re using the Field Roast sausages cook them according to package directions. Cut them into 1″ rounds or crumble it in.

Simmer for at least an hour. Enjoy!

Vegan Chili! (But not Lauren's recipe...) Photo credit: Jessica Ryle

Thanks, Lauren!

We’ve made a cookbook with some of the recipes from the Chili Cookoff to raise money for the Northeast Animal Liberation Festival and Bold Native Screening.  They will be available in about a week at all of our upcoming events and on our website.  We’ll keep you updated!

Happy New Year from Adirondack Animal Rights

We’d like to wish you all a happy, safe and compassionate new year!

Our first year was a busy and productive one.  We held six vegan potlucks at X’s to O’s Vegan Bakery; three included presentations by Michael Budkie of Stop Animal Exploitation Now!, Anthony Marr of Heal our Planet Earth and Global Anti-Hunting Coalition, and Jenny Brown of Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary.  We tabled at the NY’s Capital Region Vegetarian Expo, handed out literature outlining the cruelties of the dairy industry at a Got Milk? event at Empire State Plaza, collected petition signatures against the legalization of commercial whaling, against marine mammal captivity at Miami Seaquarium, in support of Skye’s Law and against the proposed Bion slaughterhouse in Oswego County.  We organized many protests against vivisection at Albany Medical College, Ringling Bros. and Walker Bros. circuses, the Adirondack Stampede Charity Rodeo, and the fur industry on Fur Free Friday.  We held a vegan bake sale as part of the Worldwide Vegan Bake Sale, organized film screenings of The Cove and Sharkwater and campaigned to raise awareness of a beaver skinning demonstration held at the Adirondack Museum.  We had an article discussing the cruel and unnecessary nature of hunting published in the Adirondack Explorer, countless letters to editors were printed in area papers, a few of our events were covered by local news stations and newspapers and we were even blogged about a couple of times.  You can now follow us on Facebook and Twitter, join us on Meetup and ask us any questions you have about animal rights and veganism anonymously on Formspring.

The new year will be bringing many new and exciting things.  We’re revamping the website and we’ve organized our first event of the year: our First Annual Vegan Chili Cookoff at X’s to O’s Vegan Bakery on January 22nd.  (More details to come on that soon!)  We’re also introducing blog posts about many different subjects, so you’ll be seeing much more than just news and updates about events here.  This is going to be a very exciting addition to the website.  If you’d like to submit a blog entry, please send it to us at adkanimalrights@gmail.com for our review.

Is your New Year’s Resolution to go vegan? It’s never too late to choose compassion in the new year! We’ll be releasing details soon about vegan resolution support. Stay tuned for more!

Thank you for your support and keep on fighting for animals’ rights!


We’re going to be undergoing some housekeeping to spiff up our website soon, so if you visit regularly and see a few different formats, don’t be alarmed!

We have a lot of exciting things coming up for the new year, so stay tuned and we’ll fill you in on all the details.

Have a safe and happy new year, everyone!

Hunting Debate Published

We were recently invited to contribute an anti-hunting viewpoint to a debate article in the Adirondack Explorer entitled ‘Is hunting cruel? Should it be banned?’

The article is not posted on the Explorer website, but here are some pictures of the columns (click for larger images):

Anti-Hunting viewpoint by Jessica Ryle. Adirondack Explorer. Sept/Oct 2010 issue.

Pro-Hunting Viewpoint. Adirondack Explorer. Sept/Oct 2010 issue.

What do you think?  Send letters to the editor to phil@adirondackexplorer.org.

An excerpt from our Explorer column was included in a North Country Public Radio blog post today.  Check it out here.