My Zucchini Meatballs
Makes 25 golf ball-sized meatballs
2 lbs lean ground beef
1/2 medium sized onion, grated
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 cup dry bread crumbs
1 tbsp Worcestershire Sauce
1 cup shredded zucchini
Salt & pepper to taste
In a large bowl, mix all ingredients by hand and form into balls (I make large, slightly larger than golf ball sized ones). Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment and bake in a preheated 375 degree oven for 30 minutes.
So, as I mentioned, I made these meatballs to try out the new PC Meatball Cooking Sauce ($2.49, Atlantic). The Pulled Pork Cooking Sauce was fantastic, so I had high expectations for this one too. I was a bit let down unfortunately. When I opened the bottle the sauce smelled good so I took a little taste, but the celery flavour was a bit overwhelming for me. I didn't cook it on the stovetop as the bottle suggested, but poured the full bottle over my full batch of Zucchini Meatballs and baked it at 350 for 30 minutes. Strangely enough, the sauce was really tasty when eating the meatballs, but just too 'celery-y' when you got some sauce alone. Due to the heavy handedness of the seasoning, I don't think I'll be buying more of this sauce for us. Without the celery flavour, the sauce is a thick, dark, sweet and sour sauce that is otherwise well balanced.
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!