About the Contest
We put the same test to our readers, and the response was impressive: 107 entries. After culling through each mouth-watering recipe, running nutrition, and making sure all of our Market Basket ingredients were used in each recipe, we tested and photographed the finalists. These recipes made the top three.
Grand Prize: Spaghetti Squash with Chicken, Mushrooms and Spinach
"I found the dish to be simple enough for a quick weeknight family meal, but also elegant enough with the right kind of accompaniments to be used for entertaining friends." ―Claudia Krempp, Plainfield, IL
First Runner-Up: Tuscan Chicken, Bean and Spinach Soup
"This is a complete meal containing very little fat and loads of fiber and flavor. A truly guilt-free dinner. I have served a version of this soup for many years and updated it for this contest." ―Charlene Chambers of Ormond Beach, FL
Second Runner-Up: Spicy Southeast Asian Chicken and Squash Stew
"When I saw the ingredients in the Market Basket Challenge, I knew I had to adapt them into a Southeast-Asian-inspired stew that was healthy, flavorful and comforting―with a little bit of heat. This is a little bit spicy, but one can tone it down by backing off on the hot chili peppers and ginger a bit." ―Jasmin Baron, Livonia, NY
Enter Our Ultimate Reader Recipe Contest
Need inspiration? See our best-of-the-best galleries of all past winners and finalists. Watch a behind-the-scenes video from our 2008 contest, hear the secrets of our 2007 winners, and see an insider-exclusive interview with our judges, who tell you what makes a winning recipe.