3 Ingredient Salad: French Beans + Gourmet Tuyo + Balsamic Vinegar

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This is my ultimate favorite salad ever! This is a recipe of my Tita Merly who generously shared this recipe to my mom. I  can finish a whole plate of this dish just by myself. I’m not sure if this is healthy given the generous servings of tuyo but it does have veggies and according to this article, balsamic vinegar helps in weight loss, improves blood circulation and immunity, regulates blood sugar and it aids in digestion. So… pwede bang inumin ang balsamic vinegar kung ganon? Hehehe

Not that I’m a health nut. I love my junk and fast food but fortunately I also love veggies and good salad to me is heaven!  I love this salad because it’s easy to assemble and you don’t need to make a fancy dressing, just pour the balsamic and you’re ready to go. It goes great with steaks and/or fish or if you’re like me I can eat this on its own.

What you need to do: 

Blanch the french beans – This just means dumping and cooking the beans in boiling water and then dumping them into ice water. Make sure to use lots of water and to boil the beans without the pan’s lid cover so that they won’t turn limp.  You’ll know they’re cooked once they’ve turned bright green. Transferring them to ice water stops the cooking process and it keeps the crunch of the beans.

Cut the onions and tomatoes into cubes

Open a bottle of gourmet tuyo - We use either Connie’s Kitchen or Maga’s Kitchen.  Use a fork to get the tuyo fillets and chop them into smaller pieces. Remind yourself not to eat one or two (or three) pieces.

Pour the balsamic vinegar - use your judgment as to how many spoons or cup to use. We usually use about half a cup for a plate and then we just add more as we spoon the salad into our own plates.

Assemble everything onto a pretty plate

Eat.

Enjoy.

Give yourself a pat on the back.

Do not share the recipe if your friends ask you. Tell them to visit this blog hahaha.

Happy Eating Friends!

 

Because You Know Noah

David to my brother: Does Z (his baby) have Down Syndrome?

Brother : No she doesn’t, she’s just a regular baby

David: Noah has Down syndrome and he will have Down syndrome forever

Brother: What does that mean?

David: It means he needs to go to lots of therapy and work very hard

Brother: That’s why you also need to be there for him. Will you be there for him?

David: Yes

David: You know what, I thank God that He gave Noah such a cute smile. I love Noah.

 

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Apir Dada!

 

Sometimes I think we talk about Down syndrome at home too much. Sometimes I think that David shouldn’t come with us to Noah’s therapies and doctors’ appointments too often. Sometimes I wonder what he thinks of Noah’s classmates, of our DSAPI family and of Best Buddies. And then David pulls out this. I have underestimated how he has so far processed our new normal.

David represents to me the best of both worlds when it comes to awareness. He knows Noah has Down syndrome, he knows of Down syndrome and he understands who Noah is and how he is.  I feel that David is developing empathy, which overwhelms me.  I also shamefully realized that I’ve also been oblivious to the fact that David has adjusted so well to our new path.

Saturday love

Wrestling is one of their hobbies. Well it’s actually just Noah wrestling David heehee

 

Awareness is what David has, but of course he has homecourt advantage. Down syndrome is a big part of our family and we live with this fact everyday. What I am hoping for (and working it) is that awareness fuels action. I hope that he picks this up from our DSAPI community and our work with Best Buddies. I hope that by seeing me and Dan striving to create a path towards a more inclusive society that it also encourages him to do the same. My fervent prayer is that he turns out to be his brother’s best advocate when the time comes.  My prayer everyday is that he continues to understand and that he never resents the fact that there will be times that our finances and efforts will all go towards Noah’s needs. Or if that time comes, that he feels safe with us to talk about his issues.

I write about Down syndrome here a lot too and I hope that here in my home on the web that I have created an honest picture of what our lives have been so far -from the initial shock of the diagnosis to the start of our new normal. My IG feed of course includes Noah and I often share facts about Ds plus campaigns such as End the R Word.  I hope that because our family is out there, that at least you, would know one family who has a kid with special needs. I hope that by sharing our stories that I help demystify some things about raising a child with a learning disability.

#teamnoah

we’re just like any other family. we probably know more doctors, and therapists than a regular family but we have the same dreams and goals for our kids as any other family out there <3

 

My wish is that in the fortunate event that you are able to meet a family of a child with special needs that you look at them with eyes not with pity but with empathy. I hope that in that instance, that you will choose to talk to that family and that you will encourage your kids to play and include their child who has Ds (or autism or another learning disability) — just as you would with any other family. That you will see beyond the disability and just see the child. That you will always choose kindness because you know Noah.

 

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kisses from noah <3

 

I wrote this post for World Down Syndrome Awareness Day, which was on March 21. March 21 is also 3/21 and stands for the third chromosome of the 21st pair. It is this extra genetic material that causes Down Syndrome.

Holy Moly

The only plan we made for this Holy Week is that we’ll stay home and enjoy the 4 day weekend. Well “enjoy” was replaced with recovery. Dan was in David’s words “stuck in bed” Wednesday night and the whole Thursday because of flu-like symptoms. Thankfully he got better on Friday. Friday morning though David was hot and his temp was 37.9. He drank Tempra which brought the fever down though as I write this now David’s temperature has shot up to 39.3 again. Tempra is keeping it at just 38 so Dan and I are alarmed. I gave David a cold sponge bath which didn’t really help seeing that his fever is still high. It’s just the 2nd day so we’re monitoring and praying the fever breaks soon.

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Noah is still good save for a few ant bites on his face and body. Yes Ant Bites! He’s itchy but he’s not sick and I am keeping it that way. We are targeting to gain 1 lb in 1-2 months and if he gets sick we’ll be back to Noah being just 7.8 kilos. The boy is long but he is light. His pedia and endocrinologist though would like for him to gain a pound lang so Noah won’t have a hard time with his therapy and to also prevent issues like diabetes, which people with DS are predisposed to have.

As for me, I’m still ok. I rarely get sick. I don’t know why but maybe it’s the Lord’s way of allowing me to be able to take care of the family when everyone is out of commission. Pero Lord, pahingi namang extra health din. Please?

But seriously I would love for the viruses and germs to take a break. Our family is always down with something. I am sick of the family being sick. And Dan, we really need to schedule your executive check-up ASAP.

Haaay. Hope your easter holidays are faring better.

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