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Saturday, December 27, 2014

Super Food Saturday-Turkey Pasta Bake

This is a little bit of a departure from my usual super foods. Technically with the pasta it may not add up as super healthy food on some peoples lists.  Still with all the candy and sweets around during the holidays, this is still relatively healthy and is a great way to use left over holiday turkey. I used turkey I froze after thanksgiving.  It make enough for two dishes like the one below.  I froze one. That will be nice to have because my training is going to be ramping up now, leaving little time for cooking during the week.  Hope you enjoy it!

Turkey Pasta Bake
8 ounces penne pasta, cooked
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 10 ounce package of fresh mushrooms
1 medium yellow onion chopped
2 celery stalks, finely chopped
1 tablespoon flour
½ cup white wine
1 cup low sodium chicken broth
4 ounces cream cheese
Juice and zest from one lemon
1 cup grated Parmesan cheese (4 ounces)
3 cups shredded turkey or chicken
1 cup frozen peas
½ cup parsley roughly chopped
salt and fresh ground pepper

Heat oven to 375 F.  Lightly grease a casserole with olive oil.  Heat oil in a large skillet or medium heat. Sauté the onions and mushrooms for 4 to 5 minutes.  Add the celery and cook until tender about another 5 minutes.
Sprinkle the flour over the mixture. Stir until well coated.  Stir in the wine and broth.  Reduce the heat and simmer until the mixture thickens.  Add the cream cheese, lemon juice and zest.  Stir in the cooked pasta, parsley, half of the cheese and peas. Salt and pepper the mixture to taste.  Transfer to the prepared casserole dish.  Put the remainder of the cheese on top.  Bake for 15 minutes and cheese is melted.
Serves 6

Adapted from Woman’s’ Day November 2014

Tri Rock Lake Geneva with Team member Kevin Klein

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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