Winners of the SparkRecipes Un-Chained Contest

By , SparkPeople Blogger
It was a tough decision, but the results are in, the votes have been counted, and the winners have been chosen.

Monday we announced our 10 semifinalists. From there, we tested the recipes, considered our choices and tried some really delicious recipes!

So who won?

In the Fast Food category, the winner was:

Boneless Sweet BBQ Wings by OIL_FIELD_WIFE

She made over the Honey BBQ Boneless Wings at Wendy's. At 156 calories and just 2 grams of fat per serving, she cut a whopping 424 calories and 16 grams of fat from the original recipe. She also lowered the sodium by almost 75%, to 556 milligrams. (Lower the sodium even more by choosing a low-salt barbecue sauce.)

This recipe was easy, delicious and fun. Our reviewers said: "I thought the dish was super easy to prepare. I would make those again for a social gathering. I used an Emeril brand BBQ sauce–the flavor was wonderful with honey. Clean up was a breeze thanks to the foil. Leftovers could be great in a wrap or on top of a salad."

In the Casual Dining category, the winner was:

Southwestern Eggrolls by RONDARC.

She made over Chili's Southwestern Egg Rolls.

The original recipe had a whopping 910 calories, 57 grams of fat and 1,960 milligrams of sodium! Her made-over recipe is much lighter: 350 calories, 17 g fat and 650 mg sodium. (You can rinse your canned corn and beans to reduce sodium even more.) These eggrolls are baked, not fried, and they have nine grams of belly-filling fiber.

Our reviewers said: "This is just like the Chili's version, only healthier!"

Congratulations to you both! The two winners will receive a high-performance Vita-Mix 5200 blender, worth $450.

Would you have chosen these two as the winners? Which ones were your favorite? Do you have any restaurant meals you'd like to see made over?

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Southwestern Egg Rolls, YUM!!! It's AMAZING to have these and still stick to my healthy lifestyle. Thanks RONDARC!!! Report
Way to Go. Eager to see the next recipes you make over. Report
I would have chosen the Strawberry Pancakes. I think because I have loved pancakes since I was a child. These are wonderful. Report
You will love your Vita Mix. I use mine every day for green smoothies. My husband makes a chocolate smoothie at night for his sweet tooth. Report
Excellent job!!! Report
congratulation ladies Report
what a way to go! Report
Congratulations and enjoy your mixers. Report
Congratulations Ladies. Enjoy that Vita-Mix Blender!! (I want one) Report
Congratulations!! Report
Congratulations! they both sound very good and need to make them thank you. Report
Congrats to both, both look yum. Report
congrat to both winners!!! Report
Congratulations to both winners! Report
congratulations!!! that is so neat Report
congratulations!!! that is so neat Report
Congratulations, great job on the makeovers!! Report
There were so many good recipes, too hard to pick just one. CONGRATS to both of you. Enjoy your blenders. Report
Congratulations to the winners. I'm sorry my enchiladas didn't win, but thrilled that I was a semi-finalist!

I have an idea for the next recipe contest: How about Comfort Food Remade? We all have mom and grandma's old recipes that we're drawn to now and then -- the scalloped potatoes, casseroles, chicken dumplings and the like. How about it Spark People? I'm raring to create a new recipe entry! Report
congratulations to you both. Enjoy the blenders. Report
congratulations to the winners. You will love the vitamix! Report
I wish they would have contests that we all could join in on. Only open to Americans. I really wanted to take part in this one too. I'm going to be trying out those Honey BBQ boneless wings. Congrats to you both. Report
What a great idea for a contest. I wish I had more time to experiment in the kitchen to try and makeover restaurant recipes like this. Congratulations to all the clever cooks. I hope to try these recipes soon. Report
Restaurant meal makeovers is a great idea. I enjoy cooking and looking for new healthy meal recipes. These 2 winning recipes sound good to me and I look forward to trying them out. Congrats. Report
Congrats, Great work. Report
Congrats!!!! GREAT WORK! Report
Congratulations to the winners !!! Thanks for contributing those wonderful recipes.
Congratulations!!! Wonderful recipes. Report
Congrats and way to go! Report
Congratulations!!!!!!! Report
Congratulations. Enjoy the blender. Report
I love the Southwestern Egg Rolls at Chili's. I did not realize they were so very high in calories and fat so I can't wait to try this lower cal/fat version. Thank you.
I wouldn't have picked either one, but then that's because I don't eat meat. And I'd rather have one of the vegetarian recipes =)

Congrats to the winners! Report
Congratulations! Report
Congrats and enjoy your new blender Report
Congratulation, ladies!!! Report
I am so glad that OIL_FIELD_WIFE won with her Boneless Sweet BBQ Wings. This was my favorite. Report
Wohoo! Congratulations ladies.... wonderful recipes... Thank you! Report
Congratulations to the winners!!!! Report
congratulations and thanks for some more great recipes. Report
Great Contest and Congrats to the winners. The recipes are definitely keepers.

Sunny Report
Congrats on the new blender - enjoy! Afraid I'd have to diqualify the wings recipe (if I were running the contest!) - why not make your own bbq sauce? Bottled is just as processed and unhealthful as the original. The eggrolls are definitely the better choice.... Report
What a great contest...can't wait to try these recipes. Congratulations ladies!! Report
Congrats to you both. Enjoy the Vita Mix. Report
SP...what's up? You chose a "recipe" with only three ingredients. It's more of a mix than a recipe. It might taste good, but the sodium's so high that I could never eat it. Still disappointed.

Congrats to the winners. What will you use the blender for? Report
Congrats to the winners. I would like to see lasagna made with less calories and sodium levels. Enjoy your new vita mixer. Report
Congrats ladies. Enjoy your new vita mix. Report
Congratulations and Thank You for submitting recipes of delicious foods made healthy. It is going to be fun making these healthy dishes at home. Congratulations again to the top two winners and all the runners-up! Report
Congrats to the winners. Your recipes sound great can't wait to try them. Report
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