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. grammygoodwill says:

    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.

    • 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. Doris Henson says:

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

  3. Lisa Stover says:

    I love their rotisserie chickens 🙂 Makes dinner very easy on a busy night!

  4. 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!

  5. What a fun event!! I’ve been waiting for this post! Congrats on an amazing job well done!

  6. That looks wonderful! I love the olive oil. 🙂

  7. Yummy, good time, Paula! Love your thinking face! 😉
    Have a great week!

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

  9. Mary Happymommy says:

    I’m going to Food Lion right now! I’m picking up one of their Rotisserie chickens for lunch…love them!

  10. I had no idea the event was going on! Looks like you had fun, though!!

  11. My favorite Food Lion product is their dark brown bread in the bakery section-delicious with honey butter!

  12. I actually have never been there before, but would love to try it!

  13. Tabathia B says:

    I like their vegetable and peanut oil for cooking/frying

  14. Jessica To says:

    I like Food Lion brand milk and pasta.

  15. Amanda Sakovitz says:

    I love their cold cuts!

  16. Thomas Murphy says:

    I like there peanut butter.

  17. Wow, how exciting to be in a cook-off! One of my favorite items at Food Lion is their Sara Lee deli turkey.

  18. Jennifer Marie says:

    I like getting their canned veggies.

  19. I love Food Lion! (and your photo above….ha! so cute!)

    Happy Thanksgiving Paula!!


  20. Looks delish! I totally cracked up at your “deep in thought” photo! Thanks for the giveaway!

  21. This is making me hungry. Yumm-o!

  22. I love the great deals I can get at the Food Lion meat dept. It’s really good and a nice deal, too.

  23. Carmen Beckner says:

    I love their canned vegetables!!

  24. I don’t have a favorite product but I do like food lions brand products. I guess I’d say cheese.

  25. We like a lot of new gluten free options at Food Lion.

  26. Definitely the deli items!

  27. Jill McHale says:

    Love the organic selections!

  28. Donna Walker says:

    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!

  29. Donna Walker says:

    My favorite item to buy is their birthday cake!

  30. I like their paper products

  31. I like their greek yogurt! 🙂 God bless!

  32. We don’t have a Food Lion, but there is one by my mom’s house. We used to have one when I lived in Florida. I liked their produce.

  33. Love your blog Paula, looking forward to trying your pimento cheese dip.

  34. Melissa Moore says:

    I love their caramel coconut delight cookies.

  35. I like their bakery goods. And their prices.

  36. What a cool competition! We love to shop at Food Lion, the one by us has great produce.

  37. K ladendorf says:

    Foodlion brand shredded wheat!

  38. Jalessa Rigsbee says:

    I love Food Lion’s hot foods section. The food is always hot and ready. I love the chicken sandwiches!!!

  39. What fun! Your look is on my face most days! LOL!!! ~Christy

  40. Stephanie Ann says:

    I love Food Lion’s apple fritters!!

  41. Sherry Fowler says:

    anything from food lion is awesome

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