Zucchini is going in everything around here these days, so why not meatballs? I figure zucchini keeps baked goods moist, so in the meatballs it went. Now if I could just get my two year old to try meat, I’d be able to sneak in some extra veggies. I made these meatballs so I could try out the PC Meatball Cooking Sauce and wrap up this fall’s Insider’s Report product reviews. I really don’t know how much the zucchini really added to the moistness or flavour, but it’s a fun way to sneak in a green vegetable if you have a picky eater (young or old). This is a great meatball recipe that can be used pretty much any way you like to serve them as they are only mildly seasoned, letting the beef flavour rule.
Over the weekend, I also was able to try one of the more classic PC pizzas, the PC Mozzarella Thin & Crispy Pizza. I was actually astonished that my little girl ate some of it, which is a good thing! While I thought the toppings were good and the bits of pesto added some great flavour, I found the crust a bit bland and reminiscent of the frozen pizzas available many years ago. Personally I don’t find the frozen thin crust pizzas very filling and could no doubt eat the whole thing myself (yeah, I love pizza).
I also got to try some of the PC Green Express Cycle Dishwasher Detergent ($6.49 for a box of 25). These claim to let you use your dishwasher’s economy cycle and get the same results as the regular wash. Unfortunately our ancient and Frankenstein’s monster-ish portable dishwasher doesn’t have an economy cycle so I can’t verify that claim, but on a regular wash cycle, our dishes came out sparkling clean and it’s nice knowing that less chemicals were involved. When the old beast finally gives in and dies I will definitely try these again in my brand new dishwasher!
Loblaws also let me try some of the new school supplies, including the J+- Pencils and Notebook. I LOVE the small notebook. It’s a bit larger than a chequebook (remember those?) but it has an elastic wrap around strap that keeps my coupons secure along with my grocery list. I suppose the kids could use it too . At $3 each, I might pick up a couple of pink ones to have as spares when this one runs out, it is the perfect purse size. The pencils, well… are just pencils. I haven’t shopped for pencils in years and won’t have to again for another three, but a tube of 20 pencils retails for $3 which seems like a fair price for a good quality pencil.
So my first product tests are finished. It was so much fun to try out some new products and I really enjoyed letting you know how I liked them (or not so much). I’d love to hear your opinions if you try any of the products I’ve reviewed!