Summer is here! That means many people are switching up their diets and moving away from heavy comfort food and toward lighter fares that are not only delicious and filling, but good for you as well. When the weather heats up, the last thing you want is to feel bogged down by a heavy meal. That’s why in today’s blog, we’ll be offering up six dishes from Twist on Thai Cafe, your Thai restaurant in Hopatcong, that are full of fresh vegetables and will have you feeling ready for your next adventure.
6 Light Thai Dishes For Summer
Pla Goong Salad
If you’re looking for a healthy salad to grab on your lunch break, this is a great option. Our Pla Goong salad has steamed shrimp, onions, scallions, mint, chopped lemongrass, and toasted rice with a spicy, sweet, and sour dressing. We serve this on a bed of lettuce for a well-rounded and healthy meal.
Som Tum Goong Sod
This is a popular salad in Thailand and is an amazing option on a hot summer day. Refreshing and full of healthy foods, this salad is made of shredded green papaya, cherry tomatoes, carrots, and long green beans all tossed in a flavorful lime dressing. We top ours with crushed peanuts and steamed shrimp and serve it on a bed of lettuce.
Tom Yum Soup
While most people think of soup as a winter or fall food, you can enjoy a lighter soup option during summer and still feel great. Tom Yum is a great option for a summer soup as it is neither creamy nor packed with potatoes like some of our other soups. Instead, Tom Yum is a sweet and sour broth full of herbs, onions, bell peppers, and mushrooms. You can add your choice of tofu, shrimp, or chicken to this dish to keep it light yet filling.
Pad Pak Kra Tiem
This vegetable stir-fry dish is full of onions, bell peppers, carrots, broccoli, baby corn, and cabbage and is served with a light garlic sauce. This winning combination of vegetables ensures you are getting a wide range of vitamins and nutrients without diminishing the health value with a heavy sauce. You can add your choice of protein to this meal, but we would recommend shrimp for the lightest option.
Our Lettuce Wraps appetizer makes a great light lunch for one. Filled with ground chicken and plenty of vegetables and served with lettuce so you can create the perfect wrap, this is an ultra low-carb meal that will give you a boost of protein without weighing you down.
Bamboo-based dishes are a great alternative to noodle dishes if you’re looking for a light meal. Bamboo shoots are low in both calories and carbohydrates while having plenty of protein and fiber. The Spicy Bamboo dish at our Thai restaurant consists of stir-fried bamboo shoots, Thai basil, onion, and bell peppers served in a spicy red curry sauce. You can have your choice of tofu, chicken, beef, or shrimp to ensure you’re packing in your protein! For a summer-friendly option, we recommend avoiding beef and opting for lighter protein sources.
What Will You Eat This Summer?
If you’re like most people, you probably don’t crave heavy noodle or rice dishes in the summer. Thankfully, our Thai restaurant in Hopatcong, NJ has plenty of lighter options that will fill your belly and invigorate your senses. Our unique and modern dishes are why we call ourselves Twist on Thai Cafe! You haven’t had Thai food in Hopatcong until you’ve eaten here!