Brazilian Shrimp Soup: used parsley instead of cilantro, can diced tomatoes, vegetable broth instead of water, added fresh sliced okra, and served soup over top of rice. Will try chicken broth and fresh spicy peppers next time.
Spicy Black Bean Soup - REALLY good. Pairs perfectly with tortilla chips. I substituted 1/2 t chili powder plus 1/2 t smoked paprika for the chipotle powder. I only mostly pureed using an immersion blender. Top with reduced fat mex blend cheese, light sour cream, and a bit of fresh cilantro. SOOO GOOD!