Frugal Foodie Cook-off {Food Lion Gift Card Giveaway}

Last week, I channeled my inner Top Chef and threw down with ten other food and mom bloggers in a Frugal Foodie Cook-off hosted by Food Lion.

The competition:


Prior to living in Charlotte, I’d never heard of Food Lion supermarkets, which was founded in North Carolina and has over 1,100 locations.

Don’t let the smile fool you–I came ready to compete!


The challenge:  prepare a four-person dinner in under thirty minutes using less than $15 worth of groceries.  



My teammates, Julie of Mommie Cooks and Alison of Coupon Kitchen, and me brainstorming (and trying not to panic):


Eleven women, four burners, one oven.  


Our secret ingredient:


Once time was up, we plated our dishes and presented them to the judges, who included Mark Griffith of The Levine’s Children’s Hospital, Marci Grebstein, Vice President, Marketing at Food Lion, Cathy Green Burns, President of Food Lion, Kay Carter of Second Harvest Food Bank and Fred Peace, Store Manager of Food Lion Store 635.

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Our meal:  caprese chicken, spaghetti with white wine garlic sauce, and sautéed spinach and mushrooms.


Given the chaos that erupted in the kitchen, we were elated with the results.  The judges loved our juicy chicken, but the top prize went to the Curry Chicken in Peanut Satay Sauce with Veggie Rice Pilaf and Roasted Teriyaki Carrots with Crushed Peanuts.  That’s one fancy meal for $15!


THE GIVEAWAY –> this giveaway ended 9/24/12!

For participating in the cook-off, Food Lion graciously gave me a $100 Food Lion gift card to give away to one lucky reader!

Three ways to enter:

  1. Leave a comment below with your favorite no-recipe-needed meal (it can be as simple as brie + crusty bread = dinner)
  2. Follow @Fervent_Foodie on Twitter and tweet about the giveaway.  (be sure to leave a comment letting me know you tweeted)
  3. Like Fervent Foodie on Facebook, then leave a comment letting me know it’s official.

The giveaway ends at midnight on Monday, September 24th.  I will randomly select a winner and post the results on Tuesday, September 25th.  The winner must email me with their mailing address by midnight on Friday, September 28th.  If I do not receive a response from the first winner, I will pick a replacement winner (and so on and so forth).




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  1. WoW! How exciting! Do you think you’ll want to do this again? I’m thinking TV show! (I like Fervent Foodie on Facebook)

  2. It is so hard for me to do a no-recipe meal! Haha! But, I guess breakfast for dinner is my favorite no recipe meal. Eggs with cheese, hashbrowns, toast and bacon. Doesn’t get any easier than that!

  3. my go to inexpensive meal is greek orzo pasta, I’ve been making it for so long, no recipe needed, just orzo, feta, asparagus lemons & a splash of olive oil!

  4. What a fun idea! I rarely ever use a recipe. My go-to meals are giant salads filled with whatever produce I have on hand with some beans or grains, and egg scrambles. Pancakes topped with caramelized fruits are a weekend breakfast favorite.

  5. My favorite no recipe meal is linguine or angel hair pasta served with olive oil, white wine and simmered mushrooms. With a loaf of Italian bread and a glass of white wine, this meal is always a big success and takes no time to make.