10 Plant-Based Spicy Thai Recipes to Make Your Next Dinner a Little More Exciting!

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We all fall into cooking slumps. Sometimes that means boxed vegan mac n’ cheese, PB&Js, cereal, or the same burrito bowl every night. It happens to the best of us. We want to eat something new, something that actually has flavor and requires more than 5 minutes to prepare, but it’s hard to find the inspiration. Fear not! These 10 spicy Thai recipes are sure to inspire you and help lift you from your cooking slump. They are full of flavor and textures. You will fall in love with them!

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1. Spicy Thai Peanut Soup

Spicy Thai Peanut Soup

Source: Spicy Thai Peanut Soup

This Spicy Thai Peanut Soup by Julie Zimmer with shiitake mushrooms, carrots, and silken tofu is so flavorful, aromatic and creamy. One bowl with noodles is a complete meal rich in plant protein, vitamins, and antioxidants. The lemongrass, red curry paste, herbs, spices, coconut milk, lime juice, and zest give the soup an authentic Thai flavor.

2. Pad Thai Noodle Salad

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Source: Pad Thai Noodle Salad

This Pad Thai Noodle Salad by Pavani Nandula has all the important elements of the traditional Pad Thai but without the fuss involved. Thai dishes have a wonderful balance of flavors — they are sweet, spicy, salty and tangy, all at the same time. Soy sauce, lime juice, brown sugar, chili sauce, and apple cider vinegar add some serious flavor punch to the dressing. Pad Thai usually has a meat based protein in it, but this vegan version has fried tofu instead.This Pad Thai noodle salad is great to serve at room temperature making it perfect to bring to a picnic or potluck or even in the lunchbox. Serve the salad over baby greens like spinach or watercress to add more color and nutrition to the dish.

3. Lotus Root Tom Yum Soup (Tom Yum Raak Bue)

Vegan Lotus Root Tom Yum Soup

Source: Lotus Root Tom Yum Soup (Tom Yum Raak Bue)

Lotus root, or the rhizome of the lotus flower, is a root vegetable used in many Asian cuisines. It provides a crisp bite with sweet and savory flavors and has many health benefits as well. If you like spicy food, add either a few Thai chile peppers (pounded) or a few drops of chile garlic oil at the end. You have to try Sarah Jansala‘s Lotus Root Tom Yum Soup (Tom Yum Raak Bue)!

4. Sweet and Spicy Noodle Bowl

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Source: Sweet and Spicy Noodle Bowl

This sauce is a very handy recipe to have when you don’t know what to do with tasteless fruit that you accidentally buy! It could be even peaches, apricots, mango, cantaloupe or papaya. You can put any veggies that you want in this Sweet and Spicy Noodle Bowl by Lena Novak! It’s perfect for when you don’t have enough of each veggie to eat on its own. Try this sweet and spicy noodle bowl! It’s delicious!

5. Thai Chili Peanut Ice Cream

vegan thai chili peanut coconut milk ice cream

Source: Thai Chili Peanut Ice Cream

Yep. You read that correctly. You know that yummy peanut sauce that comes with a variety of dishes on Thai menus? It is my condiment of choice for almost everything, and this recipe offers the same sweet, nutty flavors in a cool, creamy scoop with a touch of spice. It is unique, textural, and flavorful. Feel free to remove the chili altogether or turn it up or down based on your taste. You have to try this Thai Chili Peanut Ice Cream by Incredible Vegan Ice Cream, Deena Jalal!

6. Sweet and Spicy Thai Mango Salad with Cashews

Sweet and Spicy Thai Mango Salad with Cashews

Source: Sweet and Spicy Thai Mango Salad with Cashews

This flavorful Sweet and Spicy Thai Mango Salad with Cashews by Tara Binder only takes a few minutes to whip up. If you’re not eating it right away, wait and add the cashews shortly before serving to preserve their crunch.

7. Banana Blossom Tom Kha Soup (Tom Kha Hue Plee)

BANANA BLOSSOM TOM KHA SOUP

Source: Banana Blossom Tom Kha Soup (Tom Kha Hue Plee)

This Banana Blossom Tom Kha Soup (Tom Kha Hue Plee) by Sarah Jansala has a sweet delicious flavor from the coconut milk and a unique, fragrant aroma from the lemongrass, galangal, lime leaves and cilantro. This simple, nourishing, tasty herbal soup is one I you’ll love eating and serving to your friends and special guests.

8. Thai Green Curry

Thai Green Curry

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Vegan Thai Green Curry by Hayley Canning makes for a quick and easy dinner. It’s hearty, comforting and so satisfying. Full of veggies, and chickpeas, this is a high fiber and high protein dinner.

9. Sweet Potato Pad Thai

Vegan Raw sweet potato pad Thai

Source: Sweet Potato Pad Thai

The base for this Sweet Potato Pad Thai by Natalie Yonan is very simple, just slice up all the veggies, blend the sauce and enjoy! Feel free to use a spiralizer to make the sweet potato noodles, but a mandolin or some other cutting tool works just as fine. If you’re looking for a veggie-centric, vegan dish, this is the recipe for you. It’s fresh, crisp, vibrant, filling and oh so delicious!

10. Thai Red Curry with Cilantro-Jalapeno Jasmine Rice

Thai Red Curry with Cilantro-Jalapeno Jasmine Rice

Source: Thai Red Curry with Cilantro-Jalapeno Jasmine Rice

This Thai Red Curry with Cilantro-Jalapeno Jasmine Rice by Wendy Irene tastes like delicious Thai take-out. It is pretty simple to make and the recipe can be easily doubled to feed a larger crowd.

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