Spicy dishes for hot days

This article was originally published in July 2015

Throughout the world’s warmest regions, you’ll find spicy foods that truly bring the heat, from curries to chilies. There may be a science to this phenomenon, as eating hot foods on a sweltering summer’s day can help you cool off. Whether or not you believe this to be true, here are five tasty dishes in the PCC Deli that promise to bring the heat.


Spicy Tofu and Spelt

Organic tofu is slow-cooked in a spicy soy-cayenne sauce and then mixed with plump, chewy spelt berries and fresh-cut veggies, including red bell peppers, red cabbage, carrots, green onions and parsley in this hearty, satisfying grain salad.
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Thai Steak Salad

Thinly sliced roast beef made in-house is tossed in a sweet and spicy jalapeño dressing and garnished with red bell peppers and cilantro. Eat all on its own or enjoy on a bed of lettuce with a side of rice.
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Crescent City Cauliflower

This cruciferous veggie is oven-blackened in Cajun seasonings for a spicy side that is an excellent accompaniment to grilled seafood, such as white fish or prawns.
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Thai Cucumber Salad

A wonderful alternative to Thai Steak Salad, this dish features fresh cucumbers marinated in a very spicy jalapeño infusion, paired with bell peppers, cilantro and crunchy peanuts.
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Chicken Tortilla Soup

A meal on its own, this full-flavored soup features tender free-range chicken, black beans, wedges of corn tortillas and shredded cheddar cheese. Jalapeños and south-of-the-border spices turn up the heat.
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Don’t forget

Not in the mood for something hot on a hot day? We always have a wide variety of flavors to choose from in the PCC Deli. Cool off with one of our milder deli salads, such as California Potato Salad, Perfect Protein Salad or Lemon Capellini.

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