02/19/2015 04:34 EST | Updated 03/09/2015 06:59 EDT

Winter Soup Recipes: 12 Easy And Tasty Meals

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This time of year is never an easy one .. unless of course you're currently living in Vancouver's spring-like weather. But for the rest of us, the days are still short, the weather is still cold, and we’re over a month away from the next long weekend.

So if things feel like a bummer, it helps to have small pleasures to get you through. We think a pot of hot soup is one of those pleasures.

Soup’s appeal during the winter months is about more than the fact that it’s warm — though that obviously helps too. A bowl of soup is often nostalgic and comforting, and may remind you of those days slurping hot chicken noodle soup as a kid.

These 12 soups, which cover ground from vegan to Paleo to traditional, are perfect for these dreary months, or any other. And yes B.C., you can have some too!

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