Ah – February. A polarizing month, for sure, thanks in large part to Valentine’s Day. Whether or not you’re settled down with some little ones running about or single and loving it – we can all agree (I think) that the best place to get hot and spicy is in the kitchen. (Right? That’s my favorite place anyway.)
If you’ve got a love for the hot and spicy recipes that set your mouth on fire, here are the recipes you need to heat things up in your kitchen.
Love to cook but hate the dirty dishes? Then you’ll love Thai zoodles you can cook with one pot, which means only one dirty dish. What are zoodles, you ask? Zoodles are noodles that are spiral-cut out of whole zucchini, making them so much healthier for you than noodles made from wheat or rice.
This recipe gets its yummy, hot flavor from the sauce, which is made up of pepper flakes, soy sauce, Sriracha and a few other added ingredients. If you’re looking for a fast, healthy and hot meal, Thai Zoodles are for you!
Spicy Grilled Chicken
The recipe for this spicy grilled chicken is paired with black beans and rice for added protein. It only takes about 15 minutes to cook, and has low-maintenance prep time. To make the chicken spicy, it calls for a little chili powder, ground cumin, garlic powder, onion powder and paprika rubbed all over the chicken. Once you’re done cooking, you have yourself a burst of flavor in each bite.
If you’re in the habit of eating healthy and you want to adventure away from bland flavors, you have to try tofu enchiladas. This is a vegan recipe, but you won’t even be able to taste the “healthy”. Think of this recipe as a “cheat day” go-to, where you don’t even have to cheat! Plus, you can cook these in just 30 minutes.
Cajun Shrimp Guacamole Bites
This is a ragin’ Cajun recipe that’s perfect to bring to any party to spice things up. Any appetizer is good for events or parties, but the Cajun Shrimp Guacamole Bites will take it to a new level.
These little bites pack a powerful flavor, and they’re healthy, too. They’re only 70 calories per serving. Chipotle shrimp on top of sweet potato chips covered in creamy avocado is bound to make your mouth water.
Black Bean Soup
Soups are often hard to find that are dairy-free or meat-free, especially when you eat out at restaurants. This spicy black bean soup is completely vegan and is packed with healthy veggies. It takes about 15 minutes to prep, and 35 to cook, but you’ll want to eat this soup all the time.
Honey Sriracha Salmon
Although it takes a little over an hour to prep, honey Sriracha salmon is a great, healthy meal you’ll want to try. The original recipe calls for four salmon filets, which makes four servings — however, by adding more filets, and accounting for more sauce, you can always make more if you’re entertaining guests.
Mexican Stuffed Peppers
Anything cooked in large bell peppers will soak up a nice peppery flavor. This recipe for Mexican Stuffed Peppers is low-carb, and you’ll love the ingredients.
Grass-fed beef is healthier than the normal grain-fed beef you buy at the grocery store, because it wasn’t fed harmful hormones through grain. Add some onions, mushrooms and spices to the meat and top it off with cheese. Doesn’t that sound delicious?
Honey Chipotle Chicken Tacos
Honey Chipotle Chicken Tacos in a slow cooker are perfect for a spicy, tender and juicy meal. Slow cookers make prep time easy because they do most of the cooking for you. Most of the prep will be while you make the honey chipotle marinade for the chicken.
To make this recipe gluten-free, you would substitute regular chili powder for a gluten-free chili powder. Also, be sure to use corn tortillas rather than flour.
Kale, Quinoa and Black Bean Salad
Who doesn’t want to spice things up when it comes to salad? For all those salad lovers out there, this one’s for you. Spicy kale and quinoa black bean salad is bound to pack a powerful taste and lots of protein in your mouth.
Some days, kale just doesn’t sound appealing for people who can’t stand eating salad but still want to eat healthy. This is the perfect recipe to add delicious flavor to your salad with ingredients both you and your body will love.
Jalapeño Pesto Sandwich
If you’re looking for spicy, look no further than a jalapeño pesto sandwich. Jalapeño peppers are known for their hotness and are sure to set your mouth on fire. The recipe pairs the peppers with the citrusy, zesty flavor of lemon. It also calls for bell pepper, cucumber and avocado. Mixed all together, you’ve got yourself the best spicy vegan sandwich.
Sweet Potato Chili
Chili is often hard to find in a paleo recipe, but you’ll absolutely love this sweet potato chili. It’s grain-free, sugar-free and dairy-free, so it’s super healthy for you, but still has a fantastically fiery taste. The sweet potatoes add sweetness without requiring any added sugar.
Cook this for about 30-40 minutes, or until the beef is done, and you’ll fall in love with paleo chili!
Quinoa is a great substitute for rice if you want to make healthier choices. This Mexican Quinoa recipe can be cooked in one pan, making the prep and cleanup so much easier. And because it’s cooked in a skillet, the flavors of corn, black beans, diced tomatoes and other spices and ingredients all linger together and enhance one another.
If you love hot and spicy recipes, these are the ones for you! Don’t let your kitchen get cold. If you cook these recipes, your kitchen and mouth are sure to heat things up!