Make Meals Happen

Making family meals happen can be tough, but it doesn’t have to be.  Let us be your one-stop-shop for the latest and greatest resources to help you and your family enjoy mealtime together! 

It all starts with some tips and tricks from the experts.  Here are our nutritionists’ top 5 meal planning secrets followed by resources hand-picked from our partners to help you in your meal planning pursuits. 

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  1. Plan ahead and keep it simple

    • When you have time, prepare staples (think rice, quinoa) and refrigerate or freeze to throw into soups/casseroles/side dishes later in the week.
    • From time to time, make extra of your family-favorite recipes and pop into the freezer to pull out when you are rushed for time.
  2. Mix and match

    • Pick a couple of foods for the week and see how many different ways you can use them until they are gone (e.g., rotisserie chicken becomes chicken tetrazzini; steam broccoli as a side dish and puree the rest for a soup).
    • Shake it up by having your family’s favorite breakfast meal for dinner.
  3. Know that convenience can be a good thing

  4. Invite your littlest guests to be your sous chefs

    • Involve your children in food shopping, meal planning, and meal preparation whenever possible.
    • Instead of being a short-order cook, make sure that you have at least one component of the meal that your children will like and/or let them pick one part of their meal (e.g., fruit side dish).
  5. Start simple with MyPlate

    • Plan your family’s plates by making sure you are getting all the food groups over the course of the day.
    • Remember that variety is the spice of life—keep it lively by changing up your healthy choices from within all the food groups.

You don’t have to look very far to find great resources designed to support you in reaching the goal of just one more family meal each week. 

We've rounded up some of the best family meal-planning resources below from our partners!

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Apps and Gadgets

We all need a little extra help sometimes to make meals happen. Outsource some of the tasks around family mealtime with these innovative resources!

Around The Table

Now that the meal is prepped and ready for eating, make the most of your time together with conversation starters, mealtime games, and more!

Family Meals 101

Looking for food and cooking lessons, toolkits, weekly meal planners, and more? You’ve come to the right place! We have assembled our partners’ best “how-to” resources for you on this page as a one-stop-shop!

Kids Corner

Hey kids! Stop here for fun cooking videos, recipes, activities, and more- created just for you!