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: 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.

Healthy Eating: More Matters


More Matters for all underconsumed food groups. This week we follow the Dietary Guidelines and emphasize Fruits, Vegetables, Dairy and Grains – all food groups we don’t eat enough of!

Healthy Eating: Hunger Action Month™


Observe Hunger Action Month™ by enjoying low-cost meals and donating the money you save to the Great American Milk Drive.

National Family Meals Month


Eating together as a family three or more times per week can have profound benefits for health, academics and family finances.

Healthy Kids: Healthy Weight


Prevent childhood obesity and promote healthy eating with family meals.

Healthy Eating: Kids Can Cook


Let kids put reading and math skills into practice preparing family meals.

Healthy Eating: Go Bananas


Celebrate America’s favorite fresh fruit—bananas—this week with balanced recipes featuring all five food groups