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Sunday, February 15, 2015

Creamy Seafood & Spinach Soup

When I woke up this morning the temperature was -2 F. That is actual temperature, not wind chill.
We have a temperature advisory until 10 am this morning.  I had a duty shift for ski patrol yesterday and it we had 30 mph winds in addition to temperatures of -1 F. Good thing I had a big bowl of this soup before I left for the ski hill.  The weather is going to be like this all week, so good thing I made a big batch.

The original recipe had just shrimp. I added the crab because the soup did not seem like it had enough shrimp. I also changed to whole milk to 1 % and used fat free half and half in stead of cream. The original recipe had red potatoes. I substituted those for more nutrient dense sweet potatoes. They pair really well with the seafood.

4 cups chicken broth
1 sweet potato cut into bite sized pieces
½ medium yellow onion chopped
½ cup carrot shredded
Salt and pepper to taste
1 teaspoon curry powder
6 tablespoons butter
6 tablespoons flour
1 cup 1 % milk
3 cups baby spinach and kale mix
8 ounces frozen cooked shrimp, thawed with tails removed
1 package imitation crab meat
2 cups fat free half and half
1 tablespoon lemon zest

Simmer broth, sweet potatoes, onions, carrot, curry powder, salt and pepper in Dutch oven for 15 minutes.

Melt butter in a saucepan.  Whisk in flour, then stir in milk and half and half.  Stir into simmering soup base.

Add spinach, crab and shrimp.  Simmer until the shrimp and crab are heated through.  Stir in lemon zest and serve.

Makes 8 cups (Serves 4)


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 32 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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