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Member Recipes for Recipe Contest


Very Good 4.2/5
(101 ratings)
Smokehouse Chicken (unchained recipe contest!)
Smokehouse Chicken (unchained recipe contest!)

This is my absolute favorite dish from Ruby Tuesday so I had to find a way to make it over. Its called the smokehouse chicken and it is a favorite by many! This delicious dish is high in fat and calories if ordered from the restaurant so I came up with a healthier, guilt free version that has become a favorite in my household! Submitted by: SARAHLYNN1285

CALORIES: 301.9  |  FAT: 8.6g  |  PROTEIN: 13.2g  |  CARBS: 16.7g  |  FIBER: 0g

Very Good 4.4/5
(79 ratings)
Iced Coffee (Unchained Recipe Contest)
Iced Coffee (Unchained Recipe Contest)

Faster, cheaper and just as rich and delicious but so much more healthy than the restaurant versions. Try substituting the unsweetened chocolate Almond Breeze almond milk for a chocolately treat. Submitted by: MRSDUDLEY

CALORIES: 58.4  |  FAT: 3.5g  |  PROTEIN: 1.3g  |  CARBS: 10.5g  |  FIBER: 1.2g

Very Good 4.4/5
(70 ratings)
Southwestern Eggrolls: SparkRecipes Un-Chained Recipe Contest Winner
Southwestern Eggrolls: SparkRecipes Un-Chained Recipe Contest Winner

I love Chili's Southwestern Eggrolls. They have so much tasty stuff in them, but I hate the fact they are deep fried. I added more beans and corn and then put them in the broiler for crunch.
These are great made ahead of time and *frozen for a quick meal or a fun snack for the big game. I make a double batch so I can freeze some for later.Submitted by: RONDARC

CALORIES: 359.7  |  FAT: 17.1g  |  PROTEIN: 18.6g  |  CARBS: 36.4g  |  FIBER: 9.1g

Very Good 4.0/5
(69 ratings)
Boneless Sweet BBQ Wings: SparkRecipes Un-Chained Recipe Contest Finalist
Boneless Sweet BBQ Wings: SparkRecipes Un-Chained Recipe Contest Finalist

I love Wendy's Honey BBQ Wings, but at 580 calories I can't even get fries or a frosty to go with them. I came up with this to satisfy my craving, and still be able to enjoy a side.Submitted by: OIL_FIELD_WIFE

CALORIES: 156.9  |  FAT: 2g  |  PROTEIN: 17.6g  |  CARBS: 16.7g  |  FIBER: 0.8g

Very Good 4.3/5
(57 ratings)
Soothing Asian Lettuce Wraps (Unchained Recipe Contest)
Soothing Asian Lettuce Wraps (Unchained Recipe Contest)

Y-U-M-M-Y........one of my favorites at PF Chang's....the Soothing Chicken Lettuce Wraps!!! I've made them here with extra lean turkey, but you could easily substitute ground chicken or tofu for the turkey and add any vegetables of your choice. This recipe will leave you saying...."PF who???"Submitted by: MRSDUDLEY

CALORIES: 236.6  |  FAT: 2.3g  |  PROTEIN: 37.1g  |  CARBS: 17.3g  |  FIBER: 4.1g

Very Good 4.2/5
(46 ratings)
Quesadilla Explosion Salad: SparkRecipes Un-Chained Recipe Contest Finalist
Quesadilla Explosion Salad: SparkRecipes Un-Chained Recipe Contest Finalist

Oh, Quesadilla Explosion Salad! How I love you!
I have eaten plenty of these at Chili's and was "Oh so surprised!" to see it listed as #2 on the 10 worst restaurant salads! Number T-O-O! Too much fat, Too many calories, Too many points!

It's a salad! How can it be so bad for you?

Something had to be done! This is my response. I have also created recipes for the various ingredients used in this salad. They are named as they appear in the list of ingredients. Feel free to use them or your own. Beware the nutrition data of this salad will change if you use another version. Submitted by: LILDVA

CALORIES: 384.5  |  FAT: 7.9g  |  PROTEIN: 26.4g  |  CARBS: 58.8g  |  FIBER: 18.9g

Very Good 4.4/5
(39 ratings)
Baked Chicken Egg Rolls: Un-Chained Recipe Contest
Baked Chicken Egg Rolls: Un-Chained Recipe Contest

One of my biggest fast-food temptations are greasy fried egg rolls from places like Panda Express. I made over this healthy version using lean chicken and fresh vegetables. Baking the egg rolls instead of frying them saves even more calories and these don't disappoint! They're flavor packed and I can make them often without feeling guilty. I serve them at parties, or for dinner with a side of brown rice. (Un-Chained Recipe Contest Entry- Fast Food Category)Submitted by: SARASMITTY

CALORIES: 233.6  |  FAT: 2.2g  |  PROTEIN: 9g  |  CARBS: 41.1g  |  FIBER: 1.7g

Very Good 4.1/5
(37 ratings)
Unchained Recipe Contest Chicken & Dumplings
Unchained Recipe Contest Chicken & Dumplings

This is a makeover of Cracker Barrel's Chicken & Dumplings. My aunt had created the original recipe which called for 1.75 lb chicken and whole milk. It was always one of my families favorite dinners that I made once in a while on special Sundays. Recently, I decided to try a healthier version of it with lower calories, cholesterol & sodium to see if it would pass the "family test". It did! They couldn't tell the difference. The healthy version of this recipe went down 76 calories, 31mg cholosterol & 1104 mg of sodium per serving.

On a side note, I know some people who use prepackaged biscuit dough to make their dumplings to make it easier but I don't like the taste of the perservatives because it makes the whole recipe taste like it came out of can. There is nothing like homemade!

Submitted by: INDIANAGAL1

CALORIES: 179.5  |  FAT: 1.1g  |  PROTEIN: 11.7g  |  CARBS: 33.5g  |  FIBER: 5.3g

Good 3.8/5
(33 ratings)
Crunchwrap Super-Supreme: SparkRecipes Un-Chained Recipe Contest Finalist
Crunchwrap Super-Supreme: SparkRecipes Un-Chained Recipe Contest Finalist

This recipe was a finalist in the SparkPeople Un-Chained Recipe Contest!

I chose to re-make the Crunchwrap Supreme from Taco Bell because Taco Bell used to be one of my favorite fast food restaurants. Also, it is still my boyfriend's favorite fast food chain and nearly every time he goes there, he will order a crunchwrap supreme.

The funny thing is that most Mexican and Tex-Mex dishes are fairly simple to make... so I knew that it would be fun, delicious, and not too challenging to re-make this item!Submitted by: KALORIE-KILLAH

CALORIES: 366.5  |  FAT: 11.8g  |  PROTEIN: 28g  |  CARBS: 38.6g  |  FIBER: 3.8g

Very Good 4.1/5
(30 ratings)
Nancy's Ol' Fashioned, Easy, Simple Chicken Soup...Un-Chained Recipe Contest!
Nancy's Ol' Fashioned, Easy, Simple Chicken Soup...Un-Chained Recipe Contest!

This is (a) an improvement on Corner Bakery Cafe's Mom's Chicken Noodle Soup; (b) a large pot of vitamin-rich, naturally sweet, nutritious, chicken soup that (c) is very easy to make, (d) freezes well, (e) feeds about a dozen hungry people, and (f) I make throughout the year after having and making many different variations on a theme for many years

Although it can take a little time to get the chicken off the bones, it's SO worth it! Also, if you don't want to use a whole chicken or shredding it just isn't your thing, you can use chicken parts or whole breasts instead, cut off the big chunks, and dice or shred them. They'll take less cooking time, too.

There's nothing better for you, especially when ONLY chicken soup will do! It's not ambrosia (nectar of the gods), but it's as close as I can get! I appreciate your feedback and input. Enjoy! SparkPeople rocks my world! Nancy, a/k/a KEEPITMOVINGSubmitted by: KEEPITMOVING

CALORIES: 105.4  |  FAT: 2.3g  |  PROTEIN: 16.7g  |  CARBS: 3.9g  |  FIBER: 1.2g

Very Good 4.4/5
(25 ratings)
Un-Chained Recipe Contest - Healthy Egg Muffin Breakfast Sandwich
Un-Chained Recipe Contest - Healthy Egg Muffin Breakfast Sandwich

I eat breakfast on the run almost every day, and McDonald's Egg McMuffin value meal was a common breakfast choice. Then I discovered I could make my own sandwich at home in the time it would take me to go through the drive-thru, and I could make it much healthier (and I think tastier, too!). I have even made this sandwich at work to eat at my desk by just cooking the egg and warming the ham in the microwave. I pair it with a serving of fruit, and my day is off to a great start!Submitted by: CASE4GRACE

CALORIES: 220  |  FAT: 4g  |  PROTEIN: 19g  |  CARBS: 29g  |  FIBER: 5g

Very Good 4.3/5
(25 ratings)
Crunchy Spiced Chicken (Un-Chained Recipe Contest)
Crunchy Spiced Chicken (Un-Chained Recipe Contest)

Fast food fried chicken is chock-full of cholesterol and fat but I love the crunchy coating so this oven-baked version of KFC's menu is my go-to recipe when I'm needing a fast food fix. Submitted by: TRAEVYNN

CALORIES: 241.2  |  FAT: 8.3g  |  PROTEIN: 17.2g  |  CARBS: 21.4g  |  FIBER: 1.1g

Very Good 4.5/5
(22 ratings)
Un-Chained Recipe Contest Martha Vineyard Salad
Un-Chained Recipe Contest Martha Vineyard Salad

Diced, grilled chicken breast; shredded cheddar; diced apples; dried cranberries; and grape tomatoes. Served with sliced, toasted almonds and Raspberry Vinaigrette dressing. My healthy way for my favoite take out salad.Submitted by: 2BFREE2LIVE

CALORIES: 183.1  |  FAT: 2.5g  |  PROTEIN: 17.4g  |  CARBS: 21.4g  |  FIBER: 3.4g

Very Good 4.5/5
(21 ratings)
Un-Chained Recipe Contest: Banana Berry Smoothie
Un-Chained Recipe Contest: Banana Berry Smoothie

I used to love grabbing smoothies, until I stumbled across the nutrition facts! I was really in shock when I looked up the nutritional information for my favorite smoothie, the jamba juice banana berry smoothie. The smoothie can contain up to 560 calories, and GET THIS, 115g of sugar. You think you are doing something good for your body, instead you are overloading it with tons of added sugar and other hidden culprits like frozen yogurt and sherbet! While the froyo and sherbet they add are fat free, they are desserts in themselves, and not something I want in mid day pick me up.

I came up with a smoothie that is just as creamy, thick and sweet as jambas smoothies, without all the added calories, sugar, and frozen desserts.
Submitted by: APHIAD

CALORIES: 93.4  |  FAT: 0.6g  |  PROTEIN: 1g  |  CARBS: 23.6g  |  FIBER: 3.6g

Very Good 4.4/5
(20 ratings)
Unchained Recipe Contest Kara's Mediterranean Pizza
Unchained Recipe Contest Kara's Mediterranean Pizza

I bought a Papa Murphy Mediterrean Pizza and decided to make it myself with less fat and calories! We LOVE pizza and become very fond of the Alfredo kind, it is the BEST! It makes eating spinach a wonderful treat!Submitted by: KHDOESMK

CALORIES: 183.3  |  FAT: 7.4g  |  PROTEIN: 12.2g  |  CARBS: 16g  |  FIBER: 1.9g

Very Good 4.3/5
(19 ratings)
The 3 C's-Crunchy Carolina Chicken Salad "Unchained Recipe Contest"
The 3 C's-Crunchy Carolina Chicken Salad

This is a makeover of Ruby Tuesdays Carolina Chicken Salad, with a calorie intake at over 1,000, is no way for any American to eat, there has to be a better way.
I chose to add flavorful, healthier ingredients to pack this "3C Salad" with character, class, and crunch. 3C Salad is quickly becoming a family favorite for lunch.Submitted by: MEYLOSE

CALORIES: 204.9  |  FAT: 9.1g  |  PROTEIN: 23.1g  |  CARBS: 8g  |  FIBER: 1.8g

Very Good 4.5/5
(18 ratings)
Un-Chained Recipe Contest Pasta e Fagioli
Un-Chained Recipe Contest  Pasta e Fagioli

Olive Garden's Soup or Zuppa, this is my low sodium, lower in fat version of my favorite soup to dine out for. Easy to make and leftovers are even tastier the next day! Great along side a salad for lunch or beginning course at dinner.Submitted by: TMARIE40

CALORIES: 141.9  |  FAT: 2.1g  |  PROTEIN: 12g  |  CARBS: 20g  |  FIBER: 5.2g

Good 3.9/5
(14 ratings)
Un-Chained Recipe Contest Rueben Sandwich
Un-Chained Recipe Contest Rueben Sandwich

Arby's Market Fresh Rueben Sandwich, one of my favorites to re-create saving you a whopping 340 calories, 18 grams fat and 29 grams of carbohydrates. If you can find a leaner cut of corned beef, it will make this re-creation even healthier!Submitted by: TMARIE40

CALORIES: 351.7  |  FAT: 13.6g  |  PROTEIN: 23.3g  |  CARBS: 36.5g  |  FIBER: 5.9g

Very Good 4.2/5
(12 ratings)
Unchained Recipe Contest - Black Bean Burrito
Unchained Recipe Contest - Black Bean Burrito

I love eating at Chipotle and even if I get the burrito without the tortilla all of the extras and the serving sizes of everything packs on a lot of calories. While I love the taste of their rice it is not brown rice, which I prefer to use. I also find it much cheaper to make this at home, rather than buying it. I prefer to make my own salsa rather than buying it in a jar. But of course you can substitute if you prefer. But this one tastes great! It is always a hit at cookouts and with my family. My secret ingredients to the beans are thyme and sage. They add so much flavor. I attended a vegetarian cooking class and the instructor talked about adding those two herbs to everything to give a richer and more satisfying taste. This was the first thing that I tried them in and it is delicious. This recipe is not very difficult to make nor is it time consuming. What will take the most time is the rice, which can be made ahead. I am very much an “add a little of this and that” person, so I did find it hard to pin down measurements! Fast Food CategorySubmitted by: DAWNEG

CALORIES: 408.4  |  FAT: 11.7g  |  PROTEIN: 19.1g  |  CARBS: 59.9g  |  FIBER: 10g

Good 3.9/5
(11 ratings)
Unchained Recipe Contest Red Pepper Shrimp Pasta made over from Michelle's in Ketchum Idaho
Unchained Recipe Contest Red Pepper Shrimp Pasta made over from Michelle's in Ketchum Idaho

This is one of my favorite dishes to make and I have enjoyed making it even healthier by substituting some ingredients for flavor packed healthier ones.Submitted by: BLONDEGIRL

CALORIES: 274.5  |  FAT: 8.2g  |  PROTEIN: 8.3g  |  CARBS: 47g  |  FIBER: 3g

Very Good 4.0/5
(10 ratings)
Mrs. K's Black Bean Burgers (Un-Chained Recipe Contest)
Mrs. K's Black Bean Burgers (Un-Chained Recipe Contest)

I have always liked vegetarian "burgers" as an alternative to their high fat, high sodium meat counterparts. When my co-workers and I decided to go to Chili's for lunch, I assumed that the "Guiltess Black Bean Burger" would be just that...or at least a healthy alternative. It sounded delicious, but when I looked up the nutritional content before we left the office, I was shocked to see that one burger contained 1790 mg of sodium...More than I would like to consume for an entire day!! Since I'm watching sodium content, this was clearly not a good choice and I ordered something else. I figured I could make a much more heart healthy recipe and add some avocado, one of my favorites! Here it is:Submitted by: MILA_KEVIN

CALORIES: 434  |  FAT: 15.5g  |  PROTEIN: 17.2g  |  CARBS: 60.1g  |  FIBER: 14g

Very Good 4.0/5
(9 ratings)
Un-Chained Recipe Contest: Chicken Tacos with homemade salsa
Un-Chained Recipe Contest: Chicken Tacos with homemade salsa

I have a soft spot for chipotle, but their tacos are SO high in calories. 3 will cost you up to 900 calories and 47 grams of fat.

This recipe provides all the flavor of a chiptole taco, but with less calories and less fat! Submitted by: APHIAD

CALORIES: 301.1  |  FAT: 9.1g  |  PROTEIN: 23.4g  |  CARBS: 35.2g  |  FIBER: 7.7g

Good 3.7/5
(9 ratings)
Boneless Buffalo Chicken Salad Unchained Recipe Contest
Boneless Buffalo Chicken Salad Unchained Recipe Contest

I remade Chili's Boneless Buffalo Chicken Salad because I really like chicken salads and I like hot wings. This recipe cuts the original's calories by about half. Most of the savings comes in baking the chicken in panko instead of frying the chicken in a batter.

NOTE: After thinking about it and reading some comments, I changed the wing sauce amount in the nutrition calculator to be 1 serving (1 Tbsp.) instead of the 8 that I had originally to match the ingredients list (the amount of sauce used is not equal to the amount you consume). It's still higher in sodium than I'd like, but I think the recipe is a good first cut. I'll keep tinkering with it.Submitted by: JASONIOUS

CALORIES: 350.2  |  FAT: 5.6g  |  PROTEIN: 35.8g  |  CARBS: 37.3g  |  FIBER: 4.8g

Good 3.1/5
(9 ratings)
Unchained Recipe Contest - Grilled bean and cheese sandwich with sweet poato chips
Unchained Recipe Contest - Grilled bean and cheese sandwich with sweet poato chips

This a remade grilled cheese and french fry meal from any typical restaurant. I love grilled cheese but it typically has no nutritional value as it's just bread and cheese! The beans in this re-made grilled cheese add fiber and protein. The brown mustard adds a glue to cheese and gives the sandwich an unexpected tang! The sweet potatoes are much better than normal white potatoes and they are roasted in the oven instead of deep fried. The nutritional information will change based on the brands you use - I am entering the brands I used obviously!

FYI - I've also made this with plain beans that I spiced up myself with a little salsa and mexican spices and then mashed. Feel free to do that if you don't have or like refried beans!Submitted by: LLBEAN75

CALORIES: 582.4  |  FAT: 26.4g  |  PROTEIN: 18.7g  |  CARBS: 67.4g  |  FIBER: 11.2g

Very Good 4.1/5
(8 ratings)
Tempeh Mexican Pizza - (Unchained Recipe Contest)
Tempeh Mexican Pizza - (Unchained Recipe Contest)

I'm really proud of myself for this one. I used to love getting Mexican Pizzas at Taco Bell. I haven't had one in years. So, I spent a few days concocting this recipe.

Tempeh is a fermented soybean cake, originating from Indonesia. You can find it at your health food store, if you can't find it at your regular grocery store. We aren't vegetarians, but sometimes it's nice to have a vegetarian meal. Helps save on the calories. Tempeh is a great meat substitute. If you chop it up right, it can have a similar consistency to ground meat.

Also, I'm pretty sure the tortillas Taco Bell uses for this are deep fried to make them crispy. I baked mine.Submitted by: PISCESWOMAN87

CALORIES: 424.6  |  FAT: 19.2g  |  PROTEIN: 22.3g  |  CARBS: 40.2g  |  FIBER: 11.6g

Good 3.8/5
(8 ratings)
Ultimate Breakfast Sandwich Unchained Recipe Contest
Ultimate Breakfast Sandwich Unchained Recipe Contest

I'm making over Burger Kings Sausage, Egg & Cheese Croissanwich which contains 460 calories, 31g fat, 215mg cholesterol and 1000mg sodium. This make over will help manage your calories (300), fat(10g), sodium (845mg) and also your cholesterol (20mg). Now that's Healthy!!!

Submitted by: ROSEHIP:-)

CALORIES: 300  |  FAT: 10g  |  PROTEIN: 25g  |  CARBS: 27g  |  FIBER: 6g

Good 3.4/5
(8 ratings)
Unchained Recipe Contest - Bacon Cheeseburger
Unchained Recipe Contest - Bacon Cheeseburger

My family loves going to Red Robin for burgers. I love the Bacon Cheeseburger - but I can't imagine what the calories/fat are in it. My husband and I came up with these burgers, and our son's named them the "Ultimate Goodness Burger" I can't figure out why the sodium in so high. I don't think there is that much sodium in this.Submitted by: OIL_FIELD_WIFE

CALORIES: 497.4  |  FAT: 29.4g  |  PROTEIN: 28.4g  |  CARBS: 27.1g  |  FIBER: 1.2g

Very Good 4.1/5
(7 ratings)
Unchained Recipe Contest Subway Philly Cheese
Unchained Recipe Contest Subway Philly Cheese

I love Subway's Veggie Delight, but sometimes I want a more meaty sandwich, sans the meat. I used to love Philly Cheese Steaks before going veg, and thought a thinly sliced portabella would substitute nicely. It did not disappoint!

Also, the nutritional information includes the marinade, most of which is drained off prior to cooking, so the sodium level is probably much lower.Submitted by: GROOVY-FLOR

CALORIES: 235.7  |  FAT: 10.6g  |  PROTEIN: 10.6g  |  CARBS: 27.6g  |  FIBER: 4.6g

Good 3.7/5
(7 ratings)
Santa Fe Chicken Salad (Un-chained recipe contest)

I love this salad at Applebee's. I knew I had to find a way to make it better for you. This is does not have as much of a kick but is almost half the fat and calories.Submitted by: MELRAE2

CALORIES: 450.9  |  FAT: 27g  |  PROTEIN: 32.7g  |  CARBS: 22.6g  |  FIBER: 3.8g

Good 3.0/5
(7 ratings)
Cobb Salad for One- Unchained Recipe Contest
Cobb Salad for One- Unchained Recipe Contest

When I think of dinner out, I think of T.G.I. Fridays Cobb Salad. Even though it is full of healthy vegetables it is one of the most unhealthy salads on the menu becuase of it's fattening ingredients. I have created a lighter version that tastes just as great without the guilt!Submitted by: THEAQUAPANDA

CALORIES: 378.1  |  FAT: 20.5g  |  PROTEIN: 35.8g  |  CARBS: 14.7g  |  FIBER: 7.9g
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