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Sunday, November 9, 2014

Soup Sunday- Tomato Basil

  This soup is the last taste of summer.  The fresh tomatoes I added to the soup are some of the last from my garden.  I always pick all the green tomatoes from the vines right before the first frost. I let them ripen on my kitchen counter.  I usually have tomatoes until Thanksgiving. I may not make it all the way to the holiday this year.  I only have about 6 tomatoes left. In any case this soup was a good way to use them. The original recipe called for carrots and celery, but I did not have any in the house so I used the fresh tomatoes instead. Change up the recipe based on what you had on hand, green or red peppers would also be great.    I used coconut milk keeping this a vegan friendly recipe. Almond milk, milk or cream would also work well.  I paired the soup with a whole wheat grilled swiss cheese sandwich.  Doing this in the crockpot makes it really easy. Hope you like it!

Tomato Basil Soup

1 28 ounce can whole tomatoes in juice
1 large yellow onion chopped
6 Roma tomatoes
1 tablespoon minced garlic
4 cups chicken broth
2 tablespoons fresh basil (additional for garnish)
1 tablespoon dried oregano
2 teaspoons fresh ground pepper
1 cup coconut milk
Sea salt to taste

Combine all ingredients in slow cooker and stir well.  Cover and cook on high for 5 to 6 hours.  Turn off heat and let soup cool for 30 minutes.  Pour ½ of soup of blender and blend until smooth.  Repeat with other half.  Stir in coconut milk.  Serve garnished with additional chopped basil.

Serves 6


Chris Wodke at PATCO Dallas 22014
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 2nd 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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