Southern cooking lovers will want this recipe for Vegan BBQ chicken, garlic mashed potatoes, and collard greens. If you grew up in the south BBQ chicken is a must. So are some thick creamy mashed potatoes. And don't forget the collards. My grandma would insist.
I grew up in the south where vegan food isn't something anyone ever things about. In the south they put meat in everything. If you want collards, you have to put some pork in them. My grandma would have used bones most likely and maybe some lard. My parents would have used bacon. That's just how it's done.
Of course if you want mashed potatoes in the south you can expect a healthy dose of animal products. You will get butter for sure and possibly even bacon bits. Trust me, southern cooking is not generally a vegan friendly way of cooking. They don't know anything about vegan food or vegan recipes in the south.
Times are changing though. You can find people like me in the south who have gone vegan. There aren't many of us to be sure but we are here. Yes, even in south Alabama you can find vegans like myself. I'll be honest, it isn't easy. There aren't any vegan restaurants and even the supermarkets don't carry much in the way of processed vegan items like chicken and other mock meats.
That's ok because one of the things we are known for in the south is being creative. We can make the best out of any situation. And we are stubborn. That comes in real handy when you are vegan in Alabama. You will need some backbone and a stubborn streak. That's how this vegan BBQ chicken, mashed potatoes and collard greens recipe came to be.
I was craving BBQ chicken for a long time. And of course I mean vegan chicken. Look, it's hard to get those old flavors and cravings out of your system when you are southern and go vegan. Sure, I mostly eat whole plant foods. I'm big on beans, potatoes and greens. But sometimes a southern vegan just wants some vegan bbq chicken! And by golly I decided to have it.
This really good vegan bbq chicken recipe was born from cravings and necessity. Aren't all great vegan recipes though? This bbq chicken recipe sticks to the traditional flavors, seasoning and texture as much as possible. And then end result is something to get excited about. If you are a vegan craving some BBQ chicken then you will be happy with this recipe.
And let's don't forget the ‘fixins'. That's what we call sides in the south, fixins. These garlic mashed potatoes are simple amazing. Rich, fluffy and creamy. You will love them I promise, even without any butter. I don't care how southern you are. And the collard greens…they taste as close to my grandma's amazing greens as is possible. In fact when I make them people don't believe I didn't use a pork bone in them. They are amazing.
You can get the recipe for the vegan bbq chicken, garlic mashed potatoes, and vegan collard greens on the next page below.