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: Easter Leftovers


Use up Easter leftovers faster than you can say Peter Cottontail with delicious, balanced family meal recipes featuring eggs and ham.

Healthy Eating Ideas: Grilled Cheese Please


No matter how you slice it, your family will say “grilled cheese please” all week long with healthy recipes from Dairy Council of California.

Healthy Eating Ideas: Stinking Rose


Keep the vampires at bay and celebrate National Garlic Month in April with recipes that feature the stinking rose.

Healthy Eating Ideas: Make a Mockery


Celebrate April Fool’s day by making a mockery of your family meals with recipes that save time or use alternate ingredients.

Healthy Eating Ideas: Out Like a Lamb


Send March out like a lamb with tasty lamb and side dishes.

Healthy Eating Ideas: Eating Green


Celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day today and all week long with Irish favorites and other “green” recipes.

Healthy Eating Ideas: What a Fungi!


Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right during National Nutrition Month® with healthy recipes featuring nutrient-rich mushrooms.

Healthy Eating Ideas: Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right


Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right during National Nutrition Month® with healthy recipes from all five food groups.

Healthy Eating Ideas: Get Cooking With Kids!


Spending time cooking with kids might get a little messy, but will also create memories and life skills that will last a lifetime. Get started cooking with your kids this week.

Healthy Eating Ideas: Sleep In!


Healthy eating and adequate sleep are both important for a healthy lifestyle. Sleep in a little this weekend without sacrificing your health with delicious make-ahead breakfast recipes to get your day #Off2aGoodStart.