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Sunday, April 5, 2015

Soup Sunday- Chicken Po

Today's recipe comes from Vietnam. Although I've never been there, I've eaten at a number of really good Vietnamese restaurants in Milwaukee and Madison. This recipe is really quick to make. I did this one night this week after bike class.
So until I get a chance to visit Vietnam, I will have to be content with what I can make or get in Milwaukee.

Chicken Pho
 4 cups chicken broth
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 teaspoon five spice powder
2 lemon grass stalks
1 tablespoon chopped minced ginger
3 small dried red Thai chili peppers
1 boneless skinless chicken breast
6 ounces wide rice noodles
3 cups bok choy chopped
1 cup fresh bean sprouts

Combine broth, sugar, five spice powder, lemon grass, ginger, chili pepper and chicken in a stock pot.  Cover and place on low heat. Simmer for 1 ½ hours or until the chicken breast is cooked. Remove the lemon grass stalks, chili peppers and chicken.  Shred the chicken with two forks and return to the stock pot.  Bring chicken stock mixture to a simmer. Add the bok choy, and  rice noodles.  Cook for about 5 minutes, until the noodles are done. Fold in bean sprouts.  Serve in bowls topped with chopped cilantro and lime wedges.

Serves 6


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 160 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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