Include soup recipes in your dinner, lunch or brunch menus for a healthy and delicious meal. Bean soup recipes make a great choice for meals. High in fiber, antioxidants and other nutrients, beans are a healthy choice for everyday meals. They are also a tasty way of keeping healthy and staying fit.

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The best thing about soup recipes is that they can be used to whip up complete meals in a few easy steps. Pair with bread, salads or tacos for a wholesome meal. These versatile dishes can also be part of your tasting parties, appetizers or snacks menu for parties. You can add protein to the bean soup recipes by including ham, chicken, turkey, salmon or bacon in the recipes.

Black beans are a good choice of beans for bean soup recipes. To prepare a delicious and healthy bean soup, stir fry four bacon strips, cut into half inch pieces till the fat starts melting. Add half of a finely-chopped yellow onion and cook till tender. Stir in three finely chopped cloves of garlic, one chopped tomato, a teaspoon of cumin powder and chili powder each with two chipotle chilies and a teaspoon of red wine vinegar. Cook till the spices are well combined and fragrant.

Once the spices infuse, add two cans of black beans with six cups of chicken broth and a teaspoon of salt. Bring the soup to a boil and then cook on medium heat. Partially cover the pot to cook the beans faster and to infuse them with the spices. Cook the beans for about ten minutes before removing from the heat. Blend two cups of the soup in a blender till smooth and mix with the rest of the soup before returning the pot to the stove top. Warm the soup a little, season with salt and pepper and serve hot with a dollop of cream on top. You can also sprinkle some grated cheese on top before serving.

It's easy to pair soup recipes with a side or topping of your choice to make whole meals. You can also add cured pork or sausages in bean soups to boost the protein content. The smooth texture of the soups is well balanced by the crunch of croutons, garlic bread or cheese toast. Soups can also be paired with sandwiches for a complete meal. Nachos and buttered corn bread can be served with soups if it is a part of your appetizer menu while a dollop of yogurt tops off most soups beautifully.