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


Explore less familiar fruits and vegetables as part of a balanced diet during Fruits & Veggies– More Matters Month.

Healthy Eating Meal Ideas: Hunger Action Month


Join the fight against hunger with healthy affordable recipes in honor of September Hunger Action Month.

Healthy Eating Meal Ideas: Healthy Meals, Happy Families


Set a healthy example during National Childhood Obesity Month with balanced meals for the whole family.

Healthy Eating Meal Ideas: Smart Snacks


Think of snacks as mini meals to boost nutrition and enhance academic achievement during the back-to-school season.

Healthy Eating Meal Ideas: Get Packin’


Get into the back-to-school lunch packing routine with recipes that work great for dinner and provide leftovers for lunch.

Healthy Eating Meal Ideas: Southern


Fresh fruits and vegetables, plus simple tweaks to cooking methods go a long way towards improving the health of many favorite Southern comfort food dishes your whole family can enjoy this week.

Healthy Eating Meal Ideas: Kids Can Cook


Getting kids to help cook reinforces basic concepts for language and math, imparts lifelong healthy habits and can help lighten your workload at mealtime.

Healthy Eating Meal Ideas: Chill Out


Close out the dog days of summer with recipes that will minimize heat in the kitchen without sacrificing nutrition.

Healthy Eating Meal Ideas: Get Sneaky


Arm yourself to get through “Sneak Zucchini on to Your Neighbor’s Porch” day with great recipes from

Healthy Eating Meal Ideas: Beat the Heat


Beat the summer heat by making a balanced breakfast the biggest meal of your day. Try low and no cook recipes to keep cool as well.