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Saturday, November 22, 2014

Super Food Saturday- Pumpkin Turkey Loaf

I promise I'm almost done with the pumpkin recipes.  Maybe one more left from an article in Triathlete magazine in October.  Normally we think of pie or cake or cookies when we think of eating pumpkin, so it's been fun to work pumpkin into some main dish creations.    When I started competing in triathlons a few years ago I decide I needed to improve my diet by starting to make some small changes. 

One of those changes was to eat more vegtables. That is a challenge for me since I don't really like many vegtables.  So I try to sneak them into food whenever possible. This recipe is a good example of that.  Pumpkin is really healty and works well in this recipe. The load will not be as firm as you may be used to. I left it in the pan when I sliced it.  I paired with some pasta and tomato sause. A perfect meal for the cold and rainy weekend we are having here in Wisconsin.

Pumpkin Turkey Loaf

1 small yellow onion chopped
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 sprigs fresh rosemary, chopped
1 15 ounce can pumpkin puree
½ cup white wine
1 cup quinoa
1 lb. ground turkey
3 tablespoons ketchup
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 teaspoon smoked chili powder
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon sea salt

Put oil in frying pan. Sauté onions for 3-5 minutes or until soft.  Add rosemary, pumpkin, wine and quinoa.  Cook for another 5 minutes. Quinoa will not cook through. Remove from heat and let cool.  In another bowl whisk together the rest of the ingredients. Mix into the turkey and add the pumpkin mixture.  Spray a loaf pan with cooking spray. Shape mixture into a loaf in the pan. Bake at 350 F for 1 hour or until cook through.  Mixture will not be as firm as regular meatloaf.

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Chris Wodke at PATCO Dallas 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 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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