Food Lion Frugal Cook-Off 2013 and $100 Gift Card Giveaway

Food Lion $100 Gift Card Giveaway

I recently had the opportunity to participate in “Frugal Cook-Off Roanoke 2013” sponsored by Food Lion.  Eight bloggers were paired into four teams and given a cut of Food Lion beef to prepare as a main dish.  Along with the main dish, each team had to prepare two sides using $15 or less of Food Lion products.  We were given time to plan, shop, and then given 45 to cook.


My partner and I were given flank steak in Food Lion’s new sealed fresh packaging.  We rubbed the steak with EVOO, salt, pepper, and paprika.  The steak was grilled, cut into slices, and topped with sautéed green peppers and onions.  Our sides included sautéed potatoes and mushrooms, both seasoned with herbs.  It was really tough to cook in an industrial kitchen along with seven other people when we didn’t know the location of cooking supplies or how to operate industrial equipment.

My friend, Suzanne, came with me for moral support and snapped a few shots of the action in the kitchen.

Paula and partner


This candid shot of me summarizes how I felt during the cooking portion of the competition.

Paula says hmm


Alicia and I managed to get our plate ready in time but it was by no means perfect!

Paula and partner2


I really like the video that Food Lion made documenting the contest.

Food Lion sent each participant home with a wonderful goody bag.  We’ve already enjoyed almost all of the products.  Note that in the picture the spaghetti sauce jar is empty.  We enjoyed it the night after the competition!  Now for the good news, Food Lion kindly gave me a $100 gift card to giveaway to one of my readers.  Enter with the rafflecoptor below.  Good luck!

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  1. What an exciting experience for you, Paula. At the Tech-Maryland game, Food Lion had a tent and were giving out steak samples. We talked to the gentleman about the new meat packaging. I then went in on Monday to buy some for us – so I’ll say that’s my favorite for now. I also bought our Thanksgiving turkey. I’m sure it will be delicious as well. Thanks for this great giveaway. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

    1. I was really impressed with the quality of the FL beef that they gave me in my goody bag. I’ll bet people were lined up to try it at the Tech game!

  2. How cool to get to do that! Y’alls dish looks great. Great video and pictures! Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.

  3. Almost everything I buy is foodlion brand, because it is more budget friendly. So, it’s hard for me to pick a favorite! I do love their peanut butter!

  4. Looks like you had a great time. Congratulations on participating and “putting” yourself out there!
    Happy Thanksgiving!

  5. Food Lion is such a great store when you’re on a budget. You always can get a lot for your money. I never shop anywhere else!

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