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Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Doesn't this look yummy?!

It's one of Chef Meg's Featured Spark Recipes from a SparkRecipe of the Day email.

When I get an email entitled "Nutty Noodles in 15 Minutes"
and I look at the displayed pic showing oodles of peanuts on top of fettuccini noodles, my mouth starts to water.

Then I look at the nutritional info listed
Calories: 287.1
Total Fat: 5.9g
Total Carbs: 35.3g
Dietary Fiber: 6.3mg
Protein: 26.4g

I'm thinking I CAN DO THIS!!! Woohoo!!

Then I click on the SparkRecipe link provided in the email and it takes me to Chef Meg's Noodles with Easy Peanut Sauce recipe . . .
only to find it's all different

Not only is it a different picture but it's made with different ingredients and the nutritional info has changed drastically.

Amount Per Serving
Calories: 415.9
Total Fat: 11.2 g
Cholesterol: 52.7 mg
Sodium: 456.4 mg
Total Carbs: 46.6 g
Dietary Fiber: 9.6 g
Protein: 33.0 g

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So, what is up with this?

I don't like to complain because emoticon
but this is just wrong.

PS After bringing it to their attention, SparkPeople emailed me to say they are looking into what went wrong and plan to correct the problem.

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    Way to watch out for errors chick.....
    2226 days ago
    When the recipe you found had a different WAS a different recipe.

    Good Luck finding the correct, healthier version.

    And Good For You, Eating Smart! emoticon
    2227 days ago
    Some times people do make mistakes its probably an error.
    2228 days ago
    What a blessing to be mindful enough to care what goes into your body!
    2228 days ago
    Well, after reading through everyone's comments, I guess we got our answer. Two different recipes! Mistakes do happen. Good thing you checked out the nutrition info.

    Since I save most of my calories for dinner I don't think 400 - 500 cals. is so bad. Especially if you get a nice plate full like the picture shows.
    2228 days ago
    I'd have to study the entire recipe and portion size to guess. This is why I like exchange plans. I am forced to see food as a compilation of component parts.
    2228 days ago
    Mistakes happen that is why it is good to read things through
    2228 days ago
    I guess mistakes happen. I'm definitely a pasta fan.

    2229 days ago
    I could not help but notice the HUGE amount of calories on that second one!! Certainly NOT one I would fix cos it is HIGH and then would I really stop at one serving or have two and end up looking like Polly PorkChop!!! emoticon
    (This was a very cute blog and the way you displayed!!) emoticon
    2229 days ago
    I checked out the Spark Recipe pages and found that those are two different recipes. It looks like the links probably got mixed up.

    As for the recipes being unhealthy, I guess that depends on where on the healthy scale you are currently. Sometimes a person has to sacrifice total healthy ingredients and recipes for what time and eating habits of the family will allow.

    There are a lot of recipes on here that I wouldn't fix. Since I am currently a "scratch" cook mostly, I find they have too many "convenience" items. However when I was cooking for a family or commuting at least half an hour each way, some of those recipes would have been a godsend and a big improvement over what I really did eat.

    The upshot of this is that you need to look a recipe over and decide if the ingredients and method of preparation meet your criteria.

    And remember, a lot of these recipes are submitted by Spark members and are not vetted by Spark before being posted. When I put in one of my favorite "sinful" recipes to get the nutritional breakdown, I was asked if I wanted to make the recipe public when I went to save it. That recipe is really not very "healthy" (except maybe for the oatmeal in it) but I do make it a couple times a year for special occasions. I chose not to post it, but kept it in my private recipe box.

    The Noodles with Easy Peanut Sauce is Chef Meg's. The Peanut and Sesame Noodles is labeled as a member submitted recipe (but did name the source) when I did a search for peanut noodle.

    2229 days ago
    ACkkkkkkkk! A cruel joke indeed! emoticon
    2229 days ago
    2229 days ago
    Maybe the peanut sauce added a bunch of calories? The first one didn't say sauce. I'm not sure, but I'd be a little miffed, too!! Maybe e-mail or post on the message board and see if you can get an answer.
    2229 days ago
    I agree. I've found recipes that I don't consider a healthy alternative. Like others have said, different photos, the nutritional information just doesn't fit. You have to be very careful, and check it out for yourself.
    2229 days ago
  • GABY1948
    I agree with you, this is HORRID! What IS up with that??? emoticon
    2229 days ago
  • --KREN
    I've found a lot of SP recipes where the photo, ingredients and/or nutrition info just isn't right. You have to check out every single thing on every single one.
    2229 days ago
    emoticon as well, BUT (and as a dear SP friend says, isn't there ALWAYS a big BUTT !) some of the recipes do drive me mad! Either the featured picture is NOT the recipe, or the nutrition information is totally off or . . . or . . . or . . . fill in the blank. And honestly, some of the recipes that are featured, I wonder . . . WHY! I just doesn't have healthy ingredients! That is where we sparkers have to be smart enough to use our common sense. Check it out. Don't believe all you read!
    2229 days ago
    I thought it looked delicious too, and saved the receipt, but I didn't look closely enough, I guess. Hope someone can explain this.
    2229 days ago
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