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: Super Spuds


Celebrate the Super Spud, nutritionally redeemed by the Institute of Medicine just in time for National Potato Month!

Healthy Eating Meal Ideas: Really Exceptionally Delicious


Celebrate a week’s worth of recipes featuring ingredients that are not only the color red, but also Really Exceptionally Delicious.

Healthy Eating Meal Ideas: Chocolate and Cherry


In light of Valentine’s Day, enjoy the classic confectioners’ combination of chocolate and cherry with balanced family meals with foods from all five food groups.

Healthy Eating Meal Ideas: DASH of Health


Enjoy a DASH of health and flavor this week with family meal recipes that follow the nation’s top rated eating plan, the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension, or DASH diet.

Healthy Eating Meal Ideas: Eggcellent


Try some eggcellent family meals this week with eggs as the main ingredient.

Healthy Eating Meal Ideas: Winter Produce


Beat winter’s chill with hearty meals made with seasonal produce.

Healthy Eating Meal Ideas: Healthy Eating Planner


Use the Healthy Eating Planner on then plan on healthy meals with foods from all five food groups all week long.

Family Meals Matter: Low and Slow


Set out the slow cooker for a week of make ahead meals that cook while you’re away.

Family Meals Matter: Healthy Wealthy New Year


Serve up health and wealth in the New Year with delicious dishes from across the globe that represent money and prosperity.

Healthy Eating Meal Ideas: Healthy Cuisine in Holiday Colors


We've selected festive family meal recipes with red, white and green ingredients to dress up your holiday table.