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Sunday, February 9, 2014

Soup Sunday- Pizza Soup

Pizza Soup

"If you can't get out of it, get into it." -Outward Bound Motto

When I am doing my long runs when training for a marathon, I get really hungry after I’m finished running.

I have been known to eat an entire pizza. I am not proud of that and can’t even say an entire frozen foos pizza tasted all that good. It's hot, but the crust is like cardboard. Eating all those calories in one sitting kind of defeat the purpose of running.

So I modified this recipe as a substitute. It may not be health food, but it is lots healthier then eating an entire pizza. I paired this soup with garlic bread, a salad and an orange for desert to prevent muscle cramps.  The tomatoes add a nice shot of vitamin C to build the immune system.

I love this soup because you can adjust it based on what you have on hand and what you normally like on your pizza. If you like black olives feel free to add those or leave out the green peppers or mushrooms.  I used tomato sauce made from roma tomatoes from my garden and I also grew and froze the green peppers I used.  So I have just a little bit of summer in this soup. Something to look forward to !

Pizza Chili

1 lb. Italian Sausage cooked
½ large onion chopped
2 teaspoons minced garlic
2 tablespoons olive oil
3 ounces sliced fresh mushrooms
1 can (16 ounces) kidney beans, rinsed and drained
2 cups pizza sauce
1 can (14 ½) Italian stewed tomatoes
2 cups tomato juice
2 tablespoons tomato paste
½ (3 ounce) package turkey pepperoni
½ cup green pepper
1 tablespoon pizza or Italian seasoning
2 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese

Heat olive oil in stockpot. Add onions, garlic and mushrooms. Cook until mushrooms are cooked.  Add everything except the cheese. Bring to a boil and simmer for 30 minutes.  Add cheese.  Garnish with additional grated mozzarella cheese. Makes 8 servings

National Duathlon Championship 2014

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 143 members in 28 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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Follow CMT affected Paratriathlete Timmy Dixon

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