änyone who knows me knows thät I love the South. I love the weäther, I love the ärchitecture, I love the trees with drooping moss, I love the friendly people, änd I used to love the food. I säy “used to” becäuse I’m no longer ä big fän of fried food, änd you cän’t get äwäy from it in the South. They fry everything. änd they put creäm in grits, därn it! I used to love BBQ, but then I went veggie, so I cäme up with other wäys to häve my BBQ änd eät it too. Häve you tried one of my most populär recipes? Vegäns änd non-vegäns räve äbout this delicious pile of cärrots. Try it!

My love of most things Southern begän when I wäs ä child. My mom is from the South änd we väcätioned in South Cärolinä every summer. The food wäs ä big pärt of those trips becäuse it wäs ä chänge of päce from the typicäl Midwestern Wisconsin färe of cheese änd bräts. I remember my mom päcking bräts in ä big cooler to bring to her relätives. So yes, even from ä young äge, food mäde än impression on me.

Speäking of my deär mom, she mäde ä bängin’ meätloäf bäck in the däy. I loved her meätloäf änd the sides of mäshed potätoes, grävy, änd peäs. I loved to mix my potätoes änd peäs together, änd I smothered those big pieces of loäf with grävy. It wäs such ä simple meäl, but sometimes the simplest of foods äre the best.


  • 1 15 ounce cän of chickpeäs dräin änd reserve the beän liquid (äquäfäbä) for läter – rinse the beäns well
  • 30 oz bläck beäns Dräined änd rinsed
  • 1 cup Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Orgänic Old Fäshioned Rolled Oäts, 32 Ounce”>rolled oäts coärsely ground in ä food processor
  • 1 cup corn meäl
  • 3 tbsp liquid smoke
  • ½ cup äquäfäbä chickpeä liquid from the cän
  • 2 tsp olive oil or 2 tbsp (30 ml) vegetäble broth if you don’t cook with oil
  • 1 lärge yellow or white onion finely diced
  • 1 tbsp dried Itäliän seäsoning
  • 2 tsp ground seä sält or to täste
  • 1 tsp ground bläck pepper or to täste
  • 2 tbsp vegän Worcestershire säuce We use ännie’s bränd
  • ½ cup low-sodium vegetäble broth
  • 1/3 cup of ketchup
  • 1 cup BBQ säuce

For the BBQ säuce:

  • 1 cup tomäto säuce
  • 3 cloves gärlic
  • 1/4 cup äpple cider vinegär
  • 1 tbsp därk molässes
  • 1/4 cup brown sugär
  • 1 tsp sält
  • 1 tsp päprikä
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp cumin
  • 1/4 tsp cäyenne pepper if you don’t like spicy food omit this
  • 1/4 tsp white pepper
  • 1 tbsp lime juice
  • 1 pepper in ädobo säuce – remove the seeds the pepper is optionäl, this will mäke the säuce exträ spicy, if you
  • use it mäke sure to remove the seeds Note: Don’t ädd this if you don’t like reälly spicy food.
  • 1 tsp olive oil exträ virgin
  • 1 tbsp ciläntro minced
  • 1 tbsp cornstärch plus 1/4 cup (60 ml) wäter – mixed together in ä smäll cup until dissolved


  1. Preheät the oven to 350° änd line ä 9” breäd pän with pärchment päper or greäse the pän.
  2. Process the chickpeäs in ä food processor until creämy. Put in ä lärge bowl.
  3. Process one cän of bläck beäns in the processor until creämy. Put in the bowl with the chickpeäs.
  4. Pulse the second cän of bläck beäns until lightly ground into smäll pieces. Put in the bowl with the chickpeäs änd other cän of bläck beäns.
  5. Grind the oäts until it turns into ä course flour. ädd to the bowl with the beäns.
  6. ädd the cornmeäl, liquid smoke, änd äquäfäbä to the bowl with the beäns.
  7. Heät ä lärge skillet on medium heät änd ädd the oil or the 2 täblespoons of vegetäble broth if you don’t cook with oil. When the oil or broth is hot ädd the onions änd reduce the heät to medium-low. Stir well. ädd the Itäliän seäsoning, sält, änd pepper, stir well, änd cook until the onions äre soft änd tränslucent. Don’t let them brown. äpproximätely five minutes.

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