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Sunday, October 19, 2014

Soup Sunday- Asian Beef Soup

“Cooking demands attention, patience, and above all a respect for the gifts of the earth. It is a form of worship, a way of giving thanks.”  - Judith B. Jones, American Cookbook author and editor

It's soup weather again. It has been chilly and rainy all week. This morning it was 31 F.  So I am back to making a batch of soup every week for my lunches.  I had this simmering on the stove while I was doing the rest of my cooking on Saturday.  I used rice noodles, but you can use rice if you like that better. Like any recipe feel free to adjust the spices and ingredients to suit your tastes.

Asian Beef Soup

1 pound beef stew meet cut into 1 inch cubes
1 tablespoon canola oil
4 cups beef broth
¼ cup rice wine vinegar
¼ cup teriyaki sauce
6 green onions chopped
3 tablespoons brown sugar
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger
1 teaspoon five spice powder
2 small dried red chili peppers
1 ½ cups sliced mushrooms
1 ½ cups julienned carrots
1 cup sliced bok choy
4 ounces rice sticks prepared according to package directions

Put oil into large stockpot.  Brown meat on all sides.  Add the broth, vinegar, teriyaki sauce, garlic, ginger, sugar, chili peppers and five spice powder.  Bring to a boil, turn down heat and simmer for45 minutes. Add mushrooms, and carrots. Cook ten minutes. Add five spice powder and bok choy. Cook for 5 minutes. Add prepared rice noodles and serve. 

Makes 6 servings.

Author at Duathlon National Championship Oro Valley, Az 2014

Chris Wodke
Founder & Manager Team CMT

Chris is a triathlete and long distance runner. She is a three time participant of the Boston Marathon.  In 2012 she finishe2nd at Boston in the Mobility Impaired Division. She was on the course in 2013 when the bombs exploded.

She has appeared three times at the Paratriathlon National Triathlon Sprint Championship. She was the 2012 and 2014 National Champion Paratriathlon Open Division Champion.

In 2014 she was the PC Open Champion at the Duathlon National Championship. She has qualified to represent Team USA at the Aquathon ITU World Championship in Chicago in 2015.  

 In 2014 she represented  the U.S. as a paratriathlete at the Pan-American Triathlon Championship in Dallas, Texas.

She travels around the country raising awareness of CMT.

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

You may visit her author page at:

Team CMT is a group of athletes and supporters working to raise awareness and to find a cure for CMT. We have 159 members in 30 states. We also have members in Australia, Scotland, 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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