If you're looking for a bit of heat on your Meatless Monday table, look no further than these spicy vegetarian recipes. That piquant flavor you love can come from lots of sources, from actual spices to hot chiles, as well as a variety of cuisines, from Mexican to Indian to Korean. These four recipes show the range that spicy recipes can take.
This baked eggplant dish is as beautiful as it is delicious. An Indian-inspired spice paste made with turmeric, chili powder, and garam masala is combined with yogurt -- vegan or otherwise -- and rubbed into the scored eggplant before roasting in the oven. Serve with your choice of raw toppings, from herbs to fresh tomatoes to chopped onion.
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This avocado soup recipe is perfect for a hot-weather Meatless Monday meal: it's served cold, but it has just the right hint of heat from a hit of Sriracha. When combined with smooth, mild avocado and coconut milk and a touch of lime juice for acidity and balance, there's no better summer soup.
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Kimchi is a Korean staple, used in many different noodle and rice dishes or simply as a side dish. When stir-fried and served with tofu, however, it becomes kimchi dubu, a Korean homestyle favorite. While this dish often features pork or pork belly, this vegetarian version is just as full of flavor. Be sure to source vegetarian kimchi -- or make your own -- for this Meatless Monday version of the Korean classic.
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Shishito peppers are a delicious appetizer choice, slightly sweet and easy to cook in a hurry. In this dish, they're charred and paired with a Sriracha mayonnaise dipping sauce, which packs just the right amount of heat to make this appetizer a favorite for dinner parties or a simple Meatless Monday supper.
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