I personally choose natural or organic fruits, veggies, meats, and snacks whenever possible, and this can be a very pricey lifestyle decision. Unless you know where to find the best possible deals, that is. Rather than clip coupons like a mad-woman, scour various circulars for deals and go to 6 or 7 different grocery stores, which is not friendly on the gas tank, I like to find one place where I can always find the products I love at great, low prices everyday.
Recently, I got the opportunity to check out Food Lion's new, revamped look while doing my weekly grocery shopping. We have several Food Lion locations in my town, and I go there fairly regularly since the quality of food is good and the prices are, too. I have noticed, however, that many of my local stores are rather drab and not well-organized. I don't know about you, but I like grocery shopping to be a full-on, sensory experience. I love nothing more than walking into a store that is beautiful, aesthetically pleasing, and easy to navigate. This is something my local Food Lion has been lacking, so I was excited to check out one of their newly remodeled locations to see what changes the company has made.
To see these changes, we had to drive about 30 miles to Mineral, VA. This was a gorgeous, scenic drive that took us out of town and down winding country roads. It was a lot of fun just getting there, so the anticipation as we arrived at the newly redesigned Food Lion was high. I could tell as we reached our destination that this was not the same Food Lion I was accustomed to. The outside alone was gorgeous, well-kept, and very upscale looking.
Here are a couple of photos of the new Food Lion's interior. Now tell me this doesn't look like an inviting, welcoming grocery store!
Take a look at how beautiful these fruits and veggies look!
Here are just a few of the natural, organic, or gluten-free products I found while doing my grocery shopping.
I would definitely recommend checking out the newly revamped Food Lion stores. I think you'll be surprised, not only by the new upscale appearance of the store, but by the quality and freshness of the food and the super-low prices. Even if you've had less than ideal shopping experiences at Food Lion in the past, I dare you to compare. The difference is like night and day! I know we'll be going back, despite the 30 mile trip. I just hope Food Lion decides to remodel the loactions here in town soon!
So I believe I promised a recipe for a yummy, fall-apart tender pot roast and gravy that cooks to perfection in about an hour? Well, here it is! I made this last night after doing our grocery shopping, and it turned out amazingly. The chuck roast from Food Lion was fantastic quality, and was definitely the star of the evening. I served this with a nice salad, some roasted garlic mashed potatoes, and some crusty bread from the Food Lion bakery. The thing I love the most is that this roast makes its own gravy, which is delicious spooned over the meat and mashed potatoes. It's definitely a family pleaser, and tastes like it cooked all day long!
- 1 (3 to 4-pound) boneless chuck roast
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 1 cup thinly sliced onion wedges (optional)
- 3 cloves garlic, crushed
- 2 bay leaves
- 1 (10 3/4-ounce) can cream of mushroom soup
- 1/4 cup red wine
- 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
- 1 tablespoon beef bouillon granules
- 3/4 cup water
Add the garlic powder, salt and pepper to a small bowl. Rub seasoning into the roast on both sides. Heat oil in a large skillet and brown the roast, searing it on both sides. Add onions and garlic to skillet for 1 to 2 minutes to absorb leftover roast juice. Place into pressure cooker with meat and bay leaves.
Combine the mushroom soup, wine, Worcestershire sauce and beef bouillon into a bowl. Pour over the roast. Add water.
Set pressure cooker to HIGH setting, cook for 1 hour. Be sure to make sure pressure is fully released before removing the lid.
Remove and discard the bay leaves.
*Note: If the gravy is not thick enough, remove the meat from the pressure cooker and pour the gravy into a saucepan. Bring to a boil and thicken it by adding 2 tablespoons of cornstarch mixed with 1/4 cup cold water, stirring constantly.
HOW TO CONNECT WITH FOOD LION:
You can check out all of the amazing deals on the Food Lion website. Be sure to look up your local store so you can plan your next shopping trip!
The awesome folks at Food Lion are so sure you'll love their new look, they're offering one of my lucky readers a $50 Gift Card to go shopping with! How cool is that?!
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***Disclosure:I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central for Food Lion. I received a gift card and product kit to facilitate my review.***