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Sunday, December 31, 2017

Soup Sunday-Black Bean Soup with Ham

Black Bean Soup with Ham

1 lb dry black beans
1/2 white onion chopped
2 (14 ounce) cans of diced tomatoes
1 green bell pepper chopped
1 ham bone
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
2 teaspoons chill powder
1 teaspoon fajita seasoning
1 cup diced ham

Place the black beans in a soup pot and cover with water. Let soak overnight. Pour off any excess water.  Add the tomatoes to the soup pot. Add enough water to cover the beans about an inch over the top of the beans.
Add the onion, green pepper and seasonings.  Cook for 1 1/2 to 2 hours over low heat until the beans are soft.  Take a fork and mash about half the beans to make a thick soup. Add water if needed. Remove the ham bone and add the diced ham.

Serve in bowls topped with sour cream, diced onions and salsa.

Serves 8


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 and at the Aqua bike National Championship in 2016. She represented Team USA at the Aquathon ITU World Championship in Chicago in 2015 and 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 as a senior Olympian. In 2017 she placed 2nd in her age group at the Winter Triathlon National Championship, earning a spot on Team USA for the World Championship.

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 212 members in 38 states. We also have members in Australia, England, Scotland, Canada, Vietnam, Turkey, Finland, Scotland, France, Poland, Iran, Norway and Sweden. 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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