Last month, seven bloggers and I participated in Charlestons first Food Lion Frugal-Cook off. This event brings bloggers together to create a healthy meal using Food Lion brand products. Each blogger was paired into 4 teams of two and asked to select a covered plate that would be their meat to cook with. My partner was Brittany from Counting My Cupcakes, we were relieved to have picked chicken as our main dish. We then had 15 minutes to create a recipe, shop for our ingredients and 45 minutes to cook. Three judges would then taste test and select the winning team.
Brittany and I instantly agreed on a Mexican dish. It was a little nerve recking preparing the meal while sharing a kitchen and having a time constraint. Our dish was called Spicy Chicken Fiesta and we paired it with rice and beans and vegetable sautee. I had such a fun time cooking with Brittany! Video of event
Once our 45 minute time limit was up it was time for the judges to taste test and choose a winner. I was pleased with our meal, but it was up to the judges to decide.
We were the last group to present our meal and then enjoyed some wine while the scores were calculated. Each group was then called revealing their place. To our surprise Brittany and I WON! I had such an amazing time and met some great bloggers.
For the winning prize we received a $250 gift card for ourselves and $250 to giveaway. I went shopping with mine then gave the left over balance to the person behind me. Thanks Brittany for the great idea! For the other card I have decided to purchase some fruits and vegetables and donate to a local school and then send one of my readers the remaining balance. Please stay tuned for the giveaway:)
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