(Family Features) - With the chill in the air, winter days are just the right time to heat up the kitchen with warm and inviting meals. By using dinnertime as the centerpiece for fond family moments, you'll have the makings for a tradition that can be repeated anytime of the week.
Even with a busy schedule, you can make time for an easy one-dish meal - especially one that can be prepared in just 10 minutes. That means more time to enjoy family and friends.
One out of two moms reports that she prepares a one-dish meal at least three times a week, according to a national survey conducted by Opinion Research Corp. and Kraft Foods that recently polled 1,143 women 18 years and older in the United States. In general, 40 percent of women cook a one-dish meal three or more times a week, while more than half of women typically prepare a one-dish meal twice a week or less. Being able to put together a complete meal, with the meat and vegetables in one dish, can be an appealing option on busy weeknights at the family dinner table.
With an easy, home-cooked meal, you can give the family a chance to "chill out" after dinner by planning an at-home movie or game night. Time will be on your side when you keep dinner prep and cleanup to a minimum by fixing a satisfying one-dish recipe like Easy Chicken Bake. These recipes use items you typically have on hand in your kitchen so you'll always be ready to prepare a favorite one-dish meal on busy weeknights.
Consider bringing a popular appetizer to the center of the plate with this inspiring Bruschetta Chicken Bake - a one-dish meal that's sure to warm up the family after a chilly day. For more warm and inviting meal ideas, visit www.stovetop.com and www.kraftfoods.com.