How to Meal Plan for Your Family

There are many benefits to meal planning for your family, including healthy eating. By learning how to plan weekly meals and eating meals at home, you can control your portions and avoid eating hidden calories. In addition, family meals eaten at home tend to be less expensive and higher in nutrients.

Planning healthy, balanced family meals for the week can be a time saver for even the busiest people. By shopping for your meals once a week, you can save time, money and gas by making fewer trips to the grocery store or drive-thru. Taking some time to learn how to plan balanced meals for your family will save you time—and help you eat better—in the long run.

How to Plan Meals in 4 Simple Steps
Featured Family Meals

Healthy Eating: High Heat, Cool Eats


Step away from the stove with no cook recipes featuring hydrating ingredients.

Healthy Eating: Enjoy Avocados


Enjoy the creamy versatility and nutrition of avocados in family meals this week.

Healthy Eating: Pack a Picnic


Hit the trails and work up a healthy appetite for dining al fresco as family during National Picnic Month.

Healthy Eating Meal Ideas: Salad Days


Explore the diversity of salads this week with healthy family recipes that include all five food groups

Healthy Eating Meal Ideas: Pre-Fab Fourth


This Fourth of July, celebrate your Independence from the kitchen with make ahead meals the whole family will enjoy.

Healthy Eating Meal Ideas: Kids Cooking Camp


Teaching kids to cook this summer will help polish learning skills in reading and math, plus increase the likelihood kids will eat what they’ve prepared.

Healthy Eating Meal Ideas: Smart Summer Snacks


Save grocery money this summer by taking advantage of USDA’s free Summer Food Service Program for all kids 18 and under, then be sure to stock up on health snacks to keep kids fueled all summer long.

Healthy Eating Meal Ideas: June is Dairy Month


Celebrate June is Dairy Month with a host of recipes that feature this diverse, nutritious and delicious food group.

Healthy Eating Meal Ideas: Memorial Day Meals


Observe Memorial Day, then celebrate the start of summer with backyard barbecue inspired family meal recipes.

Healthy Eating Meal Ideas: There’s a Month for That?


Celebrate a variety of food observations in May with healthy family meal recipes.