Announcing the 10 Semifinalists in Our First SparkRecipes Contest

By , SparkPeople Blogger
After much deliberation, plenty of tasting and a bit of input from readers, we've chosen the 10 semifinalists in the SparkRecipes Un-Chained Recipe Contest. Five were chosen in each of two categories, fast food and casual dining. Want to see who won the $25 SparkCertificates good for anything at Keep reading! We chose the semifinalists based on the rules set forth in the original recipe contest post. Duplicate entries, entries with more fat and calories than the original and incomplete entries were not considered.

Fast Food:
Sausage, Egg & Cheese Breakfast Roll-up

Boneless Sweet BBQ Wings

Pineapple Onion and Bacon Pizza

Crunchwrap Super-Supreme

No Guilt Cheese Enchiladas (V)*

Casual Dining:
Southwestern Eggrolls

Sesame Chicken

Quesadilla Explosion Salad (V)

Strawberry Pancakes (V)

Tuscan Chicken Milano

SparkPeople employees and their families are testing the recipes this week, and we'll announce the winners on Friday! The two winners will receive a high-performance Vita-Mix 5200 blender, worth $450.

Have you tried any of the recipes? Will you? Which one is your favorite?

*denotes vegetarian

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I can't wait to try try Quesidilla Explosion Report
I am once again disappointment with Spark People. Most, if not all of these recipes include gluten. And I can't have gluten. The most disappointing part of Spark People is the meal planners. By the time I substitute gluten free for all the gluten in the daily menu's I might as well just do it myself. I personally don't find spark people useful at all. Report
I am certainly going to try some of these recipes as they sound delicious and within my limits. Thank you for putting these out there. Good luck to all the contestants. Report
Several of them sound great! Sesame Chicken and Quesadillas especially! Report
These recipes don't look very appealing. I dunno what fast food joints they eat at but none of mine have that stuff.... Report
Thanks guys....will defenetly try these recipes Report
I won't try any of these either -- the food I normally eat is a lot healthier and tastier. Sorry, but starting with chain food is a non-starter for me. Report
probably wont try any of these as none are what i am used to eating or even on the menus at any fast food or restaurants around here. the makeovers should be something on the regular and usually consumed menus Report
I will try several of these recipes. Report
I am looking forward to trying some of these. Great job contestants! Report
Can't wait to try some of these! Report
These sound great. I plan to try some out this weekend. Thanks Report
Congrats to the winners. Both dishes sound excellent. Report
Congrats to all the semifianlists and to the winners. Report
Can't wait to try. Report
These look good and I can't wait to try them! Report
Yes, there is a note at the end of the post explaining. Sorry for the confusion. V means vegetarian. Report
The bonelessSweet BBQ wings sounds so easy to make and on the recipe page I read alot of good comments on this so will give it a try soon Report
I haven't tried any yet, but I definately will. They look delicious Report
The recipes look good! Thanks Report
think I'll be trying some of these out for the holidays!!! Report
Thanks for the re-make on the Southwestern Eggrolls! These are one of my faves, too, and I'll be trying them soon. The advice regarding freezing them for later is great, too! Report
These sound delicious - will definitely try them - days of pre-planned meals. GREAT!! Report
The V probably stands for vegetarian Report
I have one question - three of the recipes have a "V" at the end of them. Does anyone know what the V stands for? Report
I am so happy to see my strawberry pancakes made the semi-finals. Thank you so much, Spark People! This is the very first recipe contest I have ever entered. My husband prompted me to enter this recipe because it is something our family enjoys so much. Thank you to everyone who rated and commented on my recipe - I can't tell you how much I appreciate it! Report
I haven't tried any of these yet, but I'm planning on it. Some sound really good Report
havent tried anything yet... but i will Report
Sesame Chicken was the best!!!!!!!!!!! Report
Have read the recipes and will be preparing the enchiladas and Tuscan chicken soon. I plan on trying all the recipes. Thanks! Report
Those enchiladas are to DIE for! Congrats to everyone! Report
Yumm...wonderful recipes...congratulations! Report
Congratulations to all the finalists. May the best one win in each catagory. Report
I can't believe it! My No-Guilt Enchiladas made the semi-finals! Thank you, thank you, thank you SP and everyone who rated my dish. This is the first recipe contest I've ever entered, and it was such fun creating the dish. I'm so excited!!! Woohoo!!! Report
Well done everyone, CONGRATS to the top 10. Report
I do want to try them, I love chicken recipes! Report
I am going to try all of the recipes - one or two a week. Yum, love having options! Report
My husband is such a fan of the Southwestern Eggrolls from Chilis that I'm going to give those a shot. Report
I am going to try making the Pineapple Onion and Bacon Pizza. Sounds delicious! Report
Oh, yay! My Sesame Chicken made it! This really makes my day. Thanks to everybody who voted for it, and to the Sparkpeople judges for picking it! Report
I made the Boneless Sweet BBQ Wings and it was great. Thanks. Report
I loved them all, but most of all the 3 C's-Crunchy Carolina Chicken Salad. Report
I want to try the Tuscan Chicken Milano. I also want to check out the Sesame Chicken and see how it does without a breaded coating, since the sweet-spicy sauce sounds just about right. Report
I'm definitely going to try the vegetarian recipes! Report
THANK YOU SP, it was fun to do a fun time mixing ingredents to create the 3 C's-Crunchy Carolina Chicken Salad. I am thrilled to see that my Sausage, Egg & Cheese Breakfast Roll-up as a finalist. ENJOY! Report