Food Lion Frugal Cookoff {HUGE Giveaway}

**This giveaway is closed. **

Last Thursday night, I participated in the Food Lion Frugal Cook-Off — by far, one of the coolest events to which I’ve ever been invited.  Along with some amazingly talented local bloggers, I competed on a team to create an affordable and delicious meal using products from Food Lion.

For those of you who don’t know, Food Lion is a grocery store chain, that started in North Carolina and now has 1200 stores in the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic states.  When I was a little girl, my family always shopped at Food Lion because they were the  best option between the three grocery store chains in our area.   By “best” I mean they were the most affordable and had the best variety.

It’s no secret that gourmet grocery stores are becoming all the rage, so Food Lion is stepping up to offer more of the products that are typical in these pricier chains; items like Greek yogurt, organic produce and dairy, and premium cooking ingredients like infused oils.

As a part of our cooking challenge, we were separated into teams and given the challenge to create an affordable meal (<$15 + pantry staples) in 30 minutes (+10 minutes to plan and “shop” for our groceries).

We were judged on taste, creativity, affordability, presentation, and adherence to the rules.

I was paired with Wendy of Smarty Pants and Katie of Charlotte Mom Favorites, who proved to be absolutely awesome teammates.  We worked cohesively and fast and our ideas just meshed together so well.

Poor Katie hurt her wrist in a bike riding accident, but proved that she could cook up a delicious meal with one hand tied behind her back.  Wendy was just as fun and spunky as she was a great cook. When we finished 10 minutes before our co-cooks, she snagged us a bottle of wine to celebrate a successful recipe.

And here is the grand finale! Our plate!

Curry Chicken in Peanut Satay Sauce with Veggie Rice Pilaf and Roasted Teriyaki Carrots with Crushed Peanuts (cost $14.75 + pantry staples)

My teammates and I took several bites of our finished dish and really liked the flavor combinations.  The judges seemed to receive the dish well also.  But we were the first to finish and be judged, so who could say how we did.

My absolute favorite part of the night was when one of the judges, a manager of a local Food Lion store, told me he didn’t like vegetables, as he practically licked his plate clean.  That meant so much more to me than winning.

My teammates and I chatted as the rest of the group’s dishes were tasted and judged and then it came time for the results.  Who won the cook-off?

I was SO surprised to find out that my team won! Now, here is the exciting part.

Because I won, one of you will win too!

Our price for winning the cook-off was two $250 gift certificates to Food Lion — one for me, and one for you.  

So how do you win this amazing prize?  I’ll give you two chances to win.

1. Name your three favorite pantry items (what you always keep on hand). 

2. Share this giveaway by linking this blog post to Facebook OR Twitter.

Please leave a comment per entry!

This giveaway closes at noon on Wednesday (EST) and I’ll announce a winner later that day. 

Good luck and thanks to the folks at Food Lion and my awesome teammates for making this possible!

71 Responses to Food Lion Frugal Cookoff {HUGE Giveaway}

  1. I always keep on hand onions, garlic and rice. 3 must haves! Congrats on the win.

  2. Jess

    Lately I always have Trader Joe’s High Fiber Organic O’s, some type of nut butter and Black Sea Salt Caramel Chocolate bars. mmmm

  3. Jess

    shared on facebook!

  4. Anna Lawrence

    I always have peanut butter, marshmallows, and garlic. 😀

  5. I always have black beans, Roma tomatoes and frozen roasted corn on hand because I’m kind of addicted to black bean salsa.

  6. My pantry is usually busting at the seams with stuff, but I ALWAYS have canned beans (black, garbanzo, and at least one other kind), some kind of pasta, and onions in there.

  7. V. Purcell

    i always have black beans, chicken stock and brown rice on hand. i feel like i can always make a mean out of that, lol

  8. Whitney

    I always have peanut butter, oats and black beans in my pantry.

  9. Lauren E.

    Congrats Kelly! What an exciting event! Will you share the recipe for your winning meal?

    Our 3 pantry staples are black beans, oats, & quinoa or orzo — inspired by many of the posts you’ve developed for us here!

  10. Lauren E.

    Just shared on FB. Thanks again!

  11. Mary

    I always have chocolate chips, almonds, and peanut butter! Otherwise I might go hungry!

  12. emily sutton

    I saw that you won on Brittany’s blog. So cool!
    My pantry staples are: peanut butter, Nature’s Own whole wheat bread, and marinara sauce! (I tweeted the giveaway – fingers crossed! )

  13. emily sutton

    Oops – leaving another comment for my tweet! 🙂

  14. Darbi

    Peanut butter, oatmeal and canned beans.

  15. Loretta E.

    I always have canned wild salmon, garlic, and full-fat coconut milk. Makes me hungry just thinking about them. I make a wicked salmon cake…

  16. Oooh, I would love to win! Let’s see, my favorite pantry staples would have to be: cocoa powder, chia seeds and peanut butter!

  17. Charity

    That’s awesome Kelly! I shared on Pinterest :). You can always find these three items at my house:
    herbs (they just make everything taste better)
    bouillon cubes (chicken, beef, and veggie flavors)
    oats (they are a great source of protien and fiber)

  18. Peanut butter, bars of some variety and black beans seem to always be around my pantry. Let’s be honest though, really it’s just chocolate, chocolate and more chocolate 😉 I just happen to have a FL right across the street from our n’hood…just sayin!

  19. 1. olive oil, 2. canned tomatoes, 3. chocolate chips

    I don’t normally shop at Food Lion since there are a few closer than FL, but I used to when they were the nearest option. $250 would feed me and my husband for two months probably. Woot! Thanks for offering this, Kelly!

  20. Amanda

    Congratulations!!! Your meal looks amazing and I look forward to the recipe! My pantry staples are brown rice, black beans, and marinara sauce.

  21. Ashly

    We always have peanut butter, pasta, and peanut butter on hand 🙂

  22. Jenn L

    I always have pasta, marinara sauce and garlic salt on hand!

  23. Oops. Forgot to comment. I always keep canned tomatoes. Black Beans, Pasta sauce, and peanut butter. I named four.

  24. Angie Campbell

    Pasta, peanut butter, and rice!

  25. Sheila B

    Tarragon vinegar, canned tomatoes and spagetti are always on habd here!

  26. Angie Campbell

    I shared on Facebook!

  27. Sheila B

    Shared on Facebook-!/scbranyon/posts/383925938345405
    I entered because I saw Michelle J’s post on Facebook! I love Food Lion!!

  28. Lauren S

    I always keep pasta, beans (canned & dried) and olive oil in my pantry and eggs, fresh veggies & hummus in the refrigerator. Congrats on your win!!

  29. Short Grain/Or Jasmine Rice (Thai Rice), Frozen Pre-Cooked Shrimp, and CORN is a must have!

  30. Meredith

    i always have Newman’s Own Sockarooni spaghetti sauce, peas, and peanut butter. seems that almost everyone loves peanut butter 🙂

  31. Meredith

    facebook and pintrest!

  32. 1. Chicken stock
    2. Garlic (roasted & stored in olive oil in the fridge)
    3. TJ’s sundried tomatoes (in the bag not oil)

    How fun to do a real live “cook-off” I’ve always thought it would be fun to have a “party” that was a cook-off – kind of like the show Chopped – where everyone has the same basket of foods and you see what people come up with. So glad you’re getting to do some FUN stuff!!

  33. Amy

    I saw this on Jen’s blog-congratulations! I always have cereal (right now it’s special k red berries,) pasta, and canned tomatoes-but I don’t make a meal with those 3 together!

  34. Faith

    Favorite pantry items: garbanzo beans, garlic, and coffee.

  35. Faith

    I shared on Twitter (@faiththomas)

  36. Mami2jcn

    OMG that is a fabulous prize! We shop at Food Lion so much!

    I’m Latina and my 3 pantry items are 1) rice 2) beans 3) cumin.

    Thanks for the chance!

  37. Mami2jcn


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  40. Jamie

    Maybe donate the gift card to a local food bank instead. Just a thought!

    • Food Lion gave us gift cards with the intent that we give one away and keep one for ourselves. It’s a marketing tool for them to get others to think about shopping at Food Lion and also for us as bloggers to try out their store in hopes that we’ll like it and mention it or blog about our experience shopping there.

  41. Ashley Hatten

    rice, pasta, and ketchup are always on hand! thanks so much for the chance to win! I LOVE shopping @ FL!

  42. Ashley Hatten

    congrats on winning!!

  43. Eva

    I always have quinoa, brown rice, beans, curry powder and lots of veggies!
    Would love to win!

  44. Amber

    Shared on Facebook

  45. Amber

    My pantry staples are:
    Canned diced tomatoes
    Balsamic Vinegar
    Minced garlic

  46. Jessica To

    I always have sugar, peanut butter and some kind of pasta. Thanks for the chance!

  47. I always have a pasta (usually whole wheat penne or lasagna noodles), at least one can of soup, and at least one can of beans, often chickpeas.

    Great giveaway!

  48. Amanda Sakovitz

    We always have dry pasta on hand, cereal, and peanut butter! thank you for the giveaway!

  49. Sarah Hall

    I have pasta, canned tomatoes and beans.

  50. Jennifer Marie

    The three items I always keep on hand are: peanut butter, marshmallows, and raisins.

  51. Jarrod M

    My 3 pantry staples are as follows:
    1. Franks Red Hot
    2. Smuckers Natural Creamy Peanut Butter
    3. Whole Grain Brown Rice

  52. Jarrod M

    Shared on fb

  53. courtney b

    ramen noodles, mac and cheese and lots of sugar!

  54. Kerry

    I always have pasta, rice, and garlic on hand!

  55. I always keep kidney beans and brown rice on hand.

  56. Thomas Murphy

    I always keep ketchup, rice, and mayo on hand

  57. Kelly

    Garlic, quinoa and cooking wine!

  58. Sonya Morris

    Rice, peanut butter and pasta are the three things I always keep on hand in the pantry.

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