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 Ideas: Tex-Mex

07/28/14

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

Healthy Eating Ideas: No Cooking Required

07/21/14

Teach life skills over summer break by getting kids involved in the kitchen. These healthy “no cooking required” recipes are a great place to start!

Healthy Eating Ideas: Creative Combinations

07/14/14

Tickle your family's taste buds this week with recipes that offer some of the more creative and clever flavor combinations from our library.

Healthy Eating Ideas: Smart Summertime Snacking

07/07/14

Snack on something different this summer. Combine smaller healthy snacks into a fun family meal.

Healthy Eating Ideas: All American Favorites

06/30/14

Celebrate Fourth of July with favorite American dishes and other Red-White-and-Blue themed recipes.

Healthy Eating Ideas: Say Cheese Please!

06/23/14

June is Dairy Month and time to explore the secrets, stories and statistics of America’s edible obsession, Cheese!

Healthy Eating Ideas: Feast for the Eyes

06/16/14

Expand your palate and your palette with recipes featuring colorful fruits and vegetables that may be a change of pace from your usual fare.

Healthy Eating Ideas: Grill Marks

06/09/14

Earn high grill marks this week with diverse recipe ideas that can be cooked on the barbeque.

Healthy Eating Ideas: I Heart Dairy

06/02/14

Celebrate Dairy Month in June with recipes including milk, cheese and yogurt that will make your family say “I Heart Dairy.”

Healthy Eating Ideas: Easy Weeknight Meals

05/26/14

Spend more time focusing on family than meal preparation with easy dishes for healthy weeknight meals.