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With community support we can do anything

Tina Specht

The virus is here and everyone is going crazy!  What do I think about this?  I think we do need to take extra precaution but not to the extent we are doing it.  

Most common sense ever is that we wash our hands and keep our hands away from our face.  We should have been doing this all along.  This is an everyday habit that we all need to do no matter the virus or not.

This makes me think of the good ole days when we didn’t have to worry about much.  When all the kids played outside all day in the dirt and woods and we didn’t get sick very often.  It was a time when the elderly people worked hard on the farms at least where I was from and never seemed to get sick. 

Think about it.  We are more prone to getting sick because we stay inside on our devices all day every day.  Most kids don’t know what it is like to go outside in the morning and not come back until dark.  I went walking in the back of my land this past weekend with some friends and it brought back memories of how we played in the woods and climbed trees and just had a great time.

Because of all this many businesses are suffering and may have to close down.  It is very tough on small businesses.  We need to help each other out.  

While we can’t go eat in restaurants but we can go get it to go.  You know you either hate to cook or by the time this is over you will be hating cooking.  

Help other places out also.  Maybe your wife needs some flowers to show her you love her because she is home with the kids for the next month.  Maybe you need to stay home with the kids and let her go to a boutique and shop for a bit just to get out of the house.  Or go get a meal and take her on a picnic in your own yard.  

Life doesn’t have to be difficult in this time of uproar.  We just need to think outside the box and get creative.

Don’t forget to check on your neighbors and elderly also.  They don’t need to get out in this mess and come down with something.

Also time for you to think about your own health.  Getting healthy will help prevent you from coming down with this mess or if you do it won’t last long.  Do it for yourself or your family, you owe it to them to be around for them.

One of the best things my husband and I could have done is get healthy.  We are loving empty nesting even more.  We have the energy to do this and enjoy life much more. 

So, wash your hands, keep your hands out of your face and get healthy. Remember the small businesses in town. This won’t last forever.  We are a community and we are in this together!  With community support we can do anything.  You can’t do it alone!

CHICKEN ENCHILADA CAULIFLOWER RICE CASSEROLE

INGREDIENTS

1 lb shredded chicken

1 tsbp olive oil

6 cups cauliflower rice

1 (15 oz) can corn, drained

1 (15 oz) can black beans, rinsed and drained

1 medium tomato diced

1 (28 oz) can red enchilada sauce

1 cup shredded monterey jack cheese

1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

1 tbsp chopped cilantro

1 avocado thinly sliced

INSTRUCTIONS

Preheat oven to 375°F. 

Add 7 oz of enchilada sauce to chicken and stir until evenly mixed. Set aside.

In a large skillet, add olive oil and bring to medium high heat. Add in the cauliflower rice. Cook cauliflower until tender. Drain any liquid released from cauliflower.

Add in corn, black beans, tomato. Pour in remaining enchilada sauce and stir until everything is evenly coated.

Pour cauliflower mixture into a 9 x 12 inch casserole pan. Spread chicken across surface. Sprinkle cheese over top.

Bake for about 15 minutes, or until everything is heated and cheese is melted and bubbling.

Garnish with cilantro and avocado.

Tina Specht is co-owner of the Minden Press-Herald. She shares her thoughts and recipes each Thursday.