Category: Home For Dinner:Executive Chef Mom

Spinach & Cheese Stuffed Chicken Breasts

Spinach & Cheese Stuffed Chicken Breasts

By Jacqui Duran Our family dinner table deserves delicious food.  Food that we can have a conversation over. We can share our day over, we can talk about things important to us, and take advantage of our time together.  All around the world with so many different cultures, traditions, and lifestyles … one thing we…

Spinach & Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms

Stuffed mushrooms

By Jacqui Duran This time of year I when we gather together with friends and family for many different holidays and celebrations.  Normally food is involved and we tend to always end up asking ourselves, ‘what should I bring?’  I am going to give you some inspiration for every single celebration you are invited to…

Delicious Deviled Eggs

Delicious deviled eggs

By Jacqui Duran For most of us, the holidays are filled with lots of running around, lots of wrapping, get togethers with friends and family and eating large, delicious meals together. I love it. The holidays hold personal meaning for me and so I’m that person. You know, THAT person who feels they need to…

Classic Lasagna

Classic Lasagna

By Jacqui Duran I absolutely love a family dinner that involves digging into a big, cheesy, meaty family dinner.  This weekend I wanted to have a good dinner with my family after a long week.  Thus … homemade, lasagna.  Most times when you think of a family-size lasagna you start to think that it’s going…

Salisbury Meatballs and Rice

By Jacqui Duran We are officially in the comfort food season.  And this calls for one of the most delicious, satisfying, and easy to make dinners you will ever find.  Not to mention, the whole family will enjoy it. I have to give credit to my son for this recipe because he was the one…

Taco Soup

Taco Soup

By Jacqui Duran I don’t know about you guys, but I love a good soup.  Especially an easy soup that I can whip up in 30 minutes and make it taste like it’s been cooking all day.  This is also known as the Magical Mom Ability. My Taco Soup is a super simple recipe that you…

Double Pumpkin Spice Cookies

Are you a fan of pumpkin-anything in the Fall?  I definitely am, and shamelessly so.  Most certainly to the annoyance of my husband, who declares anything that has the word pumpkin in it is something I will eat or buy.  I can’t say he’s wrong.  I’m guilty of the pumpkin obsession come September every single…

Veggie quesadillas

Veggie Quesadillas

Because we are officially closing the book on summer, why not use some of the delicious veggies we still have in a great dinner that is easy and fun for everyone? I believe that you can put almost anything in a tortilla and make a quesadilla out of it —seriously.  I have probably tried almost…

Mexi-ranch chicken salad

Mexi-ranch chicken salad

By Jacqui Duran When I think of a yummy summertime dinner this recipe always comes to mind.  Inspired by a restaurant salad that I ordered once, I remember thinking, “I can make this at home so easily!”  It’s light and filling at the same time. There is a little more prep than actual cooking going…

Peanut butter fudge crackle

By Jacqui Duran Oh. My. Chocolaty Goodness!  If you are in need of a chocolate fix, this recipe is for you!  I can’t say that I’ve made anything else with this much chocolate, but there is no reason to let that stop me. Making these will also help you find more friends. People will flock…

Taco spaghetti

By Jacqui DuranI do a lot of pinning on Pinterest.  OK, I do quite a lot of pinning on Pinterest, and as a seasoned Pinner I will say there are a good number of projects on Pinterest that either have no chance of ever coming out like they are pictured, or they are so great…

Teriyaki chicken kabobs

You’ve been following along on my new journey of eating healthier. Here is another easy, affordable and balanced meal for dinner to help you stick to your happy, healthy eating plan.  Kabobs are so easy and the recipe can easily be changed using whichever ingredients you have on hand or how you want to eat…

Parmesan zucchini chips

It’s August, which means the heat is just going to keep on raining down on us for a little bit. I don’t know about all of you, but I hate to be hot and full after eating a meal. As much as I love my comfort foods, I still have to have some yummy snacks…

Not your mom’s steak and potatoes

Ever have a favorite meal that you want to spice up and make just a little different so it feels new? I think you know by now that I love to play with my food. Literally. Mix up ingredients, add some, take some away, and substitute something to create a brand new masterpiece! I don’t…

Make-ahead meals: Steak burritos

I love finding ways each week to save myself one of the most precious things: time.  There is never enough of it to accomplish everything you wanted or needed to, and, of course, never enough time spent with the ones we love. I like meals that can actually reduce time in the kitchen so I…

Chicken Alfredo penne pasta

It’s been a long day. The last thing you want to do is stand in the kitchen for an hour making dinner and cleaning up a mess. Allow me to introduce you to one of my favorite quick and easy weeknight dinners. My husband and I both work full time and we are typically running…

Garlic Baked Chicken

It’s summertime and, if you’re anything like me, you have chicken legs on hand. Why not try to find different uses for those chicken legs you have sitting there? Maybe something happy, something fresh? Something sweet and satisfying? This recipe is one of my favorites because it has so many great flavors. The original recipe…

Kid-approved mini pizzas

I firmly believe that when you get kids involved in the kitchen with the food and dinner preparations they are more excited about food and happier to eat it. As a mom, that’s the dream, right? When my two oldest children were young, I made my one huge rookie mistake. I caved in like a…

Spicy citrus chicken

Feeling spicy?  This is one of my favorite spicy dishes that I start to crave if I haven’t had it in too long.  This year my birthday fell smack dab in the middle of the week, on a Wednesday.  Who wants to celebrate a birthday on a Wednesday?  I decided to wait until the weekend…