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Sunday, October 12, 2014

Soup Sunday- Split Pea Tomato Soup

I can't believe it's already mid October. The year has flown by so fast.  My triathlon season is done and I have time for things like cooking. There is nothing I like better than making a big pot of soup when the weather starts to get chilly. Fall is the perfect season for me. The days are warm but not hot with cool nights. Perfect for running and bike rides. I love the crunch of leaves as I bike or run.  This soup is perfect fall food because I still have tomatoes in my garden. This soup is a great way to use the last of the summer tomatoes. Hope you enjoy it!

Spit Pea Tomato Soup

4 thick slices bacon
1 14 ounce can petite diced tomatoes
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
1 ½ cups green split peas
2 cloves garlic finely minced
3 medium carrots sliced
2 stalks celery chopped
1 medium onion chopped
5 cups tomato juice
2 tablespoons ground thyme

Cook bacon until crisp, set aside. In a stock-pot add all the other ingredients. Bring to a boil and then turn down heat to a simmer.  Simmer for 5-6 hours until split peas break down and soften.   Serve in bowls topped with croutons and crumbled reserved bacon.

Makes 4 servings.

Chris Wodke at 2013 National Duathlon Championship

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 finished 5th at Boston in the Mobility Impaired Division.

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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