We get it. Hot sauce is basically a staple when it comes to healthy (and tasty) eating. It takes plain chicken, a grain bowl, and scrambled eggs from “eh” to “aw yeahhhh.” And if Beyoncé has it in her purse, then you know we do too. But after a while, shaking it on just about everything can get a little tiresome. There are so many other ways to spice up your
life dinner, without reaching for the exra glug of hot sauce—jalapeños, spices, and peppers all do the trick. Here are some of our favorite heat-filled recipes to get your taste buds going. You might want to get that cold glass of milk ready.
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again—everything tastes better in a bowl. This one combines quinoa, sautéed kale, chickpeas, avocado, and roasted cauliflower. The cauli gets tossed and cooked in a Sriracha, Frank’s Red Hot, and coconut milk sauce. Cooking with hot sauce makes the flavor way more intense, since the grains and veggies have time to soak it all up.
One-pot meals are a weeknight dream, so obviously we love this quick dish. Use Cajun seasoning, or make your own out of salt, pepper, paprika, garlic powder, cayenne, red pepper flakes, onion salt, and oregano. Season chicken breasts, then add to a deep skillet with rice, chicken broth, bell pepper, and cilantro. All. The. Flavor.