Score big with these hearty favourites

One of my first social outings was going to the rink for my dad’s hockey games. I grew up a rink rat and loved every aspect of the community gathering place.

In those days, girls figure skated and did not play hockey, but we excelled at crack the whip and could hang on better than the hockey players.

By 2002, when my oldest son played hockey, things had changed with both girls and boys on teams. This month, I say goodbye to minor hockey as my second son is graduating out of this sport.

I will miss my hockey families. Together we faced bad winter driving, game losses and sweet successes.

We have at times agreed to disagree about different situations. Looking back at all the little things that would get the group in a frenzy, they now seem so meaningless.

Don’t sweat the small stuff because time goes by so quickly.

Appreciate what this Canadian pastime has given you and your child, including how to work in a team, how to get along with others and how hockey keeps kids active.

The bonus for a parent is getting to know people who shared your experience, which was made possible by volunteer coaches and managers that put in countless hours to help them gain skills and have fun.

I have been given the best marital, career and parenting advice on rink bleachers. I have been at rinks on dark cold winter mornings in the washroom putting on my makeup because our family was running behind.

It will be strange when minor hockey starts up next fall without us, but I intend to continue frequenting the rink for the social aspect, community support and meals.

Over the years, some of the rink menus have filtered onto our families’ list of favourites.

Burgers in Sauce

They are great for busy days when we cannot all eat at the same time, or when you want to get home to a prepared meal. Complete the meal by serving with a salad or fresh vegetables and fruit.

  • 1 1/2 c. ketchup 375 mL
  • 1 tbsp. soy sauce 15 mL
  • 1 tbsp. pickle juice 15 mL
  • 1 c. water 250 mL
  • 1/4 c. brown sugar 60 mL
  • 2 tbsp. dry mustard 30 mL
  • 1/2 tsp. each of chili powder and paprika 2 mL
  • 1/2 c. chopped onion 125 mL
  • 1/4 c. finely chopped peppers 60 mL

Mix the ingredients together in a large casserole dish or slow cooker. Heat and add cooked burgers to the sauce. Serve warm with fresh hamburger buns, and tomato, raw onions or sliced pickles.

Hamburger Soup

The addition of lentils makes it even more nutritious and hearty.

  • 1/2 lb. ground beef 250 g
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil 30 mL
  • splash of white or red wine
  • 1/2 c. chopped onions 125 mL
  • 1/2 c. chopped carrots 125 mL
  • 1/2 c. chopped yellow peppers 125 mL
  • 1/2 c. chopped cabbage 125 mL
  • 1 potato, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic or 1/4 tsp. garlic seasoning 1 mL
  • 6 c. beef broth 1.5 L
  • 1 c. dry lentils 250 mL
  • 284 mL can tomato soup
  • 284 mL water
  • 2 tbsp. soy sauce 30 mL
  • 1/2 tsp. paprika 2 mL
  • 1/4 tsp. seasoning salt 1 mL
  • dash of each cayenne pepper and/or turmeric (optional)
  • salt and pepper to taste

In a large pot, brown the beef in olive oil and wine. Set aside.
In the pot, saute onion, carrots, pepper, cabbage, potato and garlic or any chopped vegetables of your choice. Add the browned beef to the pot and mix into the sauteed vegetables. Add the broth and lentils and simmer for 30 minutes.
Add the rest of the ingredients and simmer for 30 more minutes. Season to your personal taste. Serve topped with grated cheese if desired.

Dairy Free Rice Pudding

This variation of traditional rice pudding is excellent as a dessert or served warm for breakfast.

  • 1 c. jasmine rice or your choice 250 mL
  • 2 tbsp. chia seed 30 mL
  • 2 tbsp. ground flax seed 30 mL
  • 2 c. unsweetened coconut milk 500 mL
  • 2 c. water 500 mL
  • 1/4 c. maple syrup 60 mL
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon 5 mL
  • pinch of nutmeg
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract 5 mL
  • raisins

Combine rice, chia seed, flax, water, coconut milk, maple syrup, cinnamon, nutmeg and raisins in a saucepan. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat, add vanilla and simmer 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Top with coconut milk, syrup and cinnamon, if desired.

Jodie Mirosovsky is a home economist from Rosetown, Sask., and a member of Team Resources. Contact: team@producer.com.

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