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Sunday, January 5, 2014

Soup Sunday- Playoff Edition

Chicken Tortilla Soup

" Anyone who tells a lie has not a pure heart, and cannot make a good soup."- Ludwig Van Beethoven

The last couple of weeks I was in Dallas and I still had soup Sunday. My brother made what he called the World's Best Pea soup and the World's Best Chili. They were pretty tasty, but not it is my turn to get back to cooking.

Today is Packer game day and it's a play-off game. I am glad I am not at Lambeau to watch the game since it is10 F and expected to get below zero as the game goes on.

So a cold winter day is perfect for soup. I cook on the weekends to give me meals for the week. This soup will be my lunch for most of the week. The day time high tomorrow is supposed to be - 12 F.  So that hot meal at lunch is really going to taste good.

I like to make something special for Packer game day. Guacamole seemed like a good pairing with the soup. It sure tasted good together.  Great post workout recovery meal. Today was a 2 hour bike ride and an hour run.  The soup is full of healthy vegetables and healthy protein to promote muscle recovery.  Enjoy and maybe you can make this for your soup Sunday.  I did top with fresh cilantro and the juice from a lime wedge. A good meal like this is a great reward for today's hard workout.  Go Packers.

Tortilla Chicken Soup

1 tablespoon canola oil
1 large yellow onion
2 large jalapeƱo peppers, seeded and chopped
2 tablespoons tomato paste
½ cup frozen corn
1 cup black beans, drained and rinsed
1 can ( 14.5 ounces) diced tomatoes
1 medium sweet potato, peeled and chopped
1 Carton (32 ounce) Swanson Mexican Tortilla Flavor infused broth
2 cups shredded cooked chicken.

Heat oil in a 6 quart sauce pot over medium heat. Add onion and peppers; cook for 2 minutes or until tender crisp.

Stir in all remaining ingredients.  Boil, then reduce heat and cook for 20 minutes until potatoes are cooked.  Serve topped with tortilla chips or strips.

Serving suggestion:  add some chopped fresh cilantro to the soup bowl. Can also serve with lime wedges.

Chris Wodke  Duathon National Championship October 2013

Chris Wodke
Founder & Manager Team CMT

Chris is a triathlete and long distance runner. She is a two time participant of the Boston Marathon.  She was the 2012  National Champion Paratriathlon Open Division. In 2013 she qualified as a member of the Team USA Duathlon Team. She will compete in 2014 at the Age Group World Duathlon Sprint Championship in Pontevedre Spain.

She is the author of the book, “Running for My Life” that details her experience as a CMT affected athlete. 

Team CMT is a group of athletes and supporters working to raise awareness and to find a cure for CMT. We have 141 members in 27 states. We also have members in Australia, Canada, Vietnam, Turkey, Finland and Iran. If you wish to join us visit our web site; or

CMT or Charcot-Marie-Tooth is the most commonly inherited peripheral neuropathy. It affects over 155,000 Americans (as many as MS).  It is a disease of the nerves that control the muscles. It is slowly progressive, causing loss of normal function and or sensation in the lower legs/feet and arms/hands.

Symptoms include; muscle wasting in the lower legs and feet leading to foot drop, poor balance and gait problems Atrophy in the hands causes difficulty with manual dexterity.

Structural foot deformities such as high arches and hammer toes are common.

Poor tolerance for cool or cold temperatures and many people have chronically cold hands and feet.

Additional symptoms may include fatigue, sleep apnea, breathing difficulties and hearing loss.

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