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: Soup’s On


Dish up family meals this week to keep your crew warm and healthy as winter approaches.

Healthy Eating: Are You Type 2?


Enjoy a low-carb, diabetes-friendly family meal that is delicious for all diners.

Healthy Eating: After the Feast


Make a healthy plan for Thanksgiving leftovers.

Healthy Eating: Family Feast


Get your game plan ready for the biggest of all Family Feasts and enjoy a healthy Thanksgiving.

Healthy Eating: The Great Pumpkin


Celebrate one of the most festive flavors of fall with pumpkin recipes this week.

Healthy Eating: Apple Month


Celebrate a taste of the north country as we close out National Apple Month.

Healthy Eating: Farm to School Month


Celebrate Farm to School efforts like school gardens and California’s bounty of agricultural products with tasty family meal recipes this week.

Healthy Eating: Happy Halloween


Take the trick out of Halloween with a tasty family dinner treat before heading out for evening activities.

Healthy Eating: Comidas de Familias


Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with modern adaptations of traditional Hispanic family recipe favorites, available in Spanish and English.

Healthy Eating: Pasta Month


Celebrate the wide variety of all thing noodle during National Pasta Month.