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Saturday, December 20, 2014

Super Food Saturday- Pumpkin Pasta

Another pumpkin recipe. I could not resist. It is really easy to make, is healthy and is really good.
I used cheese filled ravioli because the cheese flavor blends well with the pumpkin.  I finished off the dish with a sprinkle of sunflower seeds. You could use pumpkin seeds or any nut you happen to have on hand.  I hope you enjoy it.

Pumpkin Pasta Sauce
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 large shallot peeled and chopped
1 tablespoon fresh rosemary chopped
1 tablespoon fresh parsley chopped
1 cup white wine
1 can pumpkin puree (15 oz.)
1 tablespoon honey
¾ cup whole almonds
1 lb. pasta prepared
Add oil to frying pan. When hot add shallots and sauté until soft.  Add the herbs, wine, pumpkin and honey.   Place in blender with almonds.  Puree until smooth. Return to saucepan and cook until heated through.  Add a bit of olive oil or more wine if the sauce is too thick. Add salt and ground pepper to taste.
Serve over prepared pasta.

Serves 4

Chris Wodke at Chicago Triathlon 2013

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.

Additional Link
Follow CMT affected Paratriathlete Timmy Dixon

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