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 Meal Ideas: More Matters Month


Showcase healthy eating this week with family meal ideas featuring a wide variety of fruits, vegetables and other food group foods to celebrate More Matters month in September.

Healthy Eating Ideas: Soup-er Fast Meals


Center some family meals around soup this week to serve up delicious, wholesome meals in no time!

Healthy Eating Ideas: National Honey Month


In honor of National Honey Month, try these sweet recipes the whole family will love.

Healthy Eating Ideas: Heriloom Favorites


This Grandparents Day, get all the generations together to share a delicious meal of these lightened-up recipes.

Healthy Eating Ideas: Fast Family Meals


Start back-to-school season off right with fast family meals kids will love.

Healthy Eating Ideas: Under the Tuscan Sun


Take a culinary vacation this week and enjoy flavors from under the Tuscan sun.

Healthy Eating Ideas: Zucchini


From appetizers to dessert, enjoy zucchini many different ways this week with healthy family recipes.

Healthy Eating Ideas: Peachy Keen


Plan peachy-keen family meals all week long in honor of National Peach Month.

Healthy Eating Ideas: Summer Produce


Celebrate summer with fresh, balanced family meals featuring in-season fruits and vegetables this week.

Healthy Eating Ideas: Tex-Mex


Enjoy ingredients like shredded cheese, meat, beans, spices and tortillas this week in a celebration of Tex-Mex cuisine.