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Sunday, April 6, 2014

Soup Sunday- Tomato Basil Black Bean Soup

Tomato Basil Black Bean Soup

Today's recipe is adapted from on in the cookbook "Frugal Cooking With Beans" by Sally Thomas.  It goes together really quickly.  Try different spices in the soup to suit your tastes.

2 cans (15 ounce) cans diced tomatoes
1 (15 ounce) can black beans, un-drained
14 fresh basil leaves or 1 tablespoon dried basil
2 Teaspoons minced garlic
2 Tablespoons butter
1 cup fat free half and half

Blend tomatoes, beans basil and garlic in a blender until smooth.  Add butter to saucepan. Once it is melted add the tomato and bean mixture.   Add half and half. Heat soup until heated through, but do not boil.

Ladle into bowls to serve, topped with a leaf of fresh basil.

Serves 4


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.

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Team CMT is a group of athletes and supporters working to raise awareness and to find a cure for CMT. We have 145 members in 29 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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