We're slowly coming into that time of year when it seems like everyone's got the sniffles, and that's not a fun way to spend the fall. While there's no cure for the common cold, scientists agree that chili peppers are a natural remedy for sore throats and congestion, and anyone who's eaten a piping hot bowl of spiced broth knows that spicy food can often be a great solution. This Meatless Monday, sample some of our flavorful spicy soup recipes and keep your household cold-free.
Tom ka gai is a common Thai soup that's usually prepared with chicken or shrimp, but this super flavorful Thai coconut and vegetable broth has heaps of flavor and the vitamins and minerals of vegetables to boot. You'll need to pick your favorite Thai red curry paste as the base of this dish, which will add all the spiciness and a whole lot of flavor. But watch out: many Thai red curry pastes contain shrimp paste, so you'll want to pick one that's veggie friendly.
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Tis the season for pumpkin, but this version of pumpkin soup is quite unique. Not only is the spice blend distinct from the cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg combo we're used to seeing with pumpkin, but this soup gets a hint of some exotic coconut milk and cayenne pepper for a touch of heat.
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Mexican food is famed for its spice, which comes from both fresh and dried chiles. This Mexican tortilla soup recipe has all the spice you could desire plus a heaping helping of veggies and tons of delicious toppings. Serve it up like a taco bar and let everyone customize his or her own bowl.
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Mung beans might not be amongst the best known beans, but these little protein powerhouses are definitely a superfood and are worth a second look. They form the base of this spicy vegetable soup along with seasonal sweet potato and a tomato-based broth.
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