Potato Garlic Soup & Taco Pizza Rolls

Here are a couple resident-tried-and-approved recipes from last week:

Potato Garlic Soup


-3 pounds small red potatoes, cut into preferred size
-4 cups chicken broth
-1/4 cup chopped red onion
-1 stalk celery
-2 teaspoons ground pepper
-2 teaspoons garlic powder
-2 teaspoons onion powder
-1 teaspoon paprika
-1 1/2 cups heavy cream
-2 cups shredded cheddar jack cheese
-1/4 cup chopped roasted garlic cloves*
-topping(s) of choice such as chopped chives, sour cream, grated cheese

*We used 2 chopped fresh garlic cloves instead.

1. Combine potatoes, broth, onion, celery, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, and paprika in the bowl of a slow cooker.
2. Cook on high for 3 1/2 hours.
3. Stir in heavy cream, cheddar jack cheese, and roasted garlic. Cook for an additional 30 minutes until warmed through.
4. Spoon into serving bowls and top with topping(s) of choice.

Taco Pizza Rolls

Taco-anything makes us smile! Create these fun Taco Pinwheels tonight for a delicious and fresh take on a weekday dinner favorite.:

-1/2 pound ground beef
-1 can Pillsbury refrigerated classic pizza crust
-2 tablespoons Old El Paso taco seasoning mix (from 1-oz package)
-3 tablespoons water
-1 cup shredded Mexican blend cheese
-optional toppings: lettuce, tomato, sour cream, onion, and guacamole

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit and lightly spray a baking sheet with cooking spray.
2. In a medium skillet, cook and brown beef until no longer pink. Drain. Add taco seasoning and water and cook for 2-3 minutes. Set aside and cool slightly before using.
3. Take pizza dough out of its package and unroll it onto a flat surface. Slightly roll or press the pizza dough out into a rectangle.
4. Add the taco meat evenly on top of the pizza dough. Sprinkle the cheese evenly on top.
5. Staring with the long edge of the pizza dough, roll dough tightly up into a roll. Using a serrated knife make about 1-inch slices along the roll, making about 18 rolls.
6. Place rolls on prepared baking sheet. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until tops are golden brown.
7. Serve immediately and top with desired toppings.

Creamy Feta & Garlic Dip & Bacon Breakfast Pizza

Yesterday the residents made a delicious dip that nearly everyone liked! (The only resident who didn’t like it was one who does not like cheese and since this recipe has feta cheese and cream cheese that makes sense as to why she wouldn’t like it!)

Creamy Feta & Garlic Dip
Makes 4-6 servings


-1/2 cup plus 1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese, divided
-4 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
-1/3 cup plain Greek yogurt
-2 cloves garlic, diced
-1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
-1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
-dash of pepper
-1/2 cup diced red bell pepper
-2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
-crackers, sliced pita bread, or cut vegetables for serving

1. Place 1/2 cup feta cheese, cream cheese, yogurt, garlic, lemon juice, oregano, and pepper in the bowl of a food processor. (We just used a mixer.) Blend until smooth.
2. Scoop mixture into a serving dish. Top evenly with remaining feta, bell pepper, and parsley.
3. Serve with crackers, sliced pita bread, or cut vegetables. One resident also suggested it would be good with pretzels.

Some of our other residents made a bacon breakfast pizza and it went over very well also!

Bacon Breakfast Pizza


-1 tube refrigerated pizza crust
-1 tablespoon olive oil
-7-8 eggs
-6 slices of bacon
-1 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese
-1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
2. Unroll crust onto a greased baking pan. Spread out and brush with olive oil. Poke fork throughout the dough and bake for 7-8 minutes.
3. While dough is baking, cook bacon in a pan. Once cooked, remove bacon from pan and leave grease in the pan. Chop up bacon and set aside.
4. Place eggs in a bowl and whisk together. Pour into greased pan and cook until done Scramble them.
5. Spoon eggs over crust, sprinkle with cheese and bacon.
6. Bake 4-5 more minutes. Serve warm.

Dot Painting

Today the residents did something a little different- dot painting. They took q-tips and painted different colored dots all over their pages to create their works of art.