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Sunday, August 21, 2016

Salad Sunday- Flavors of Fajita Quinoa Salad

I had bean tostadas for dinner several nights this week. I was trying to think of a more healthy way to enjoy the flavors of Mexican cooking. I came up with this salad that has lots of the same flavors of fajitas.  I sprinkled the chicken breast with fajita seasoning when I baked it.  I used a mixture of both red and white quinoa.  It turned out to be a really beautiful and tasty salad.

1 cup quinoa cooked
1 (15 ounce) can black beans
1 (2.5 ounce) can sliced olives
1 large mango chopped
3 Roma tomatoes, chopped
2 avocados, chopped
1/4 of large white onion chopped
2 cups of chopped roasted chicken (sprinkle with fajita seasonings)
2 cups prepared salsa
1/4 cup olive oil
1/2 cup cilantro, chopped
1 teaspoon crushed red peppers

Put the cooked quinoa, beans, olives, mango, tomatoes, onions and avocado in a large salad bowl. Mix well to combine all the ingredients.  To make the dressing for the salad, combine the olive oil, salsa, cilantro, and crushed red peppers. Pour over the quinoa mixture and mix to coat the entire mixture. Chill

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 represented Team USA at the Aquathon ITU World Championship in Chicago in 2015 and will represent the US at the World championship in Cozumel in 2016.

 In 2014 she represented  the U.S. as a paratriathlete at the Pan-American Triathlon Championship in Dallas, Texas.  She has won state championships in cycling and triathlon.

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 196 members in 37 states. We also have members in Australia, England,Scotland, Canada, Vietnam, Turkey, Finland, Scotland, France, Poland 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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