September 23, 2022

5 Steps to Mastering Family Meal Planning |

As you and your family embark on a mission to create delicious, nutritious meals while saving money, it’s important to remember that meal planning is critical to success. Whether it’s keeping track of a list of ingredients you’ll need or writing down your loved ones’ favorite foods, there are a few simple steps you can take to make dinners at home enjoyable and economical.

To get you on the right track with your own plan, you can start with these tips from Healthy Family Project’s Mission for Nutrition, which aims to help families achieve weekly meal success with an internationally-inspired e-cookbook featuring grocery lists, recipe ideas and cooking tips.

Work together. Before you head to the store or heat up the oven, sit down with your loved ones and make a list of easy-to-make recipes that you all enjoy. Whenever you discover a new favorite, add it to the list so you have a guide to reference when it’s time to plan a week’s meals.

Stick to a schedule. Set a day and time each week when your family can meet and plan dinner parties. It also provides an opportunity to spotlight new favorites or new ideas while getting everyone together in the same room to spend some quality time together.

Plan time-saving processes. Think ahead when planning meals and think about the equipment you will need. Saving time while cooking can be as simple as sticking to recipes that call for handy appliances like a slow cooker or pressure cooker and using a food processor instead of a knife and cutting board.

Plan a “leftover party.” When you’re cooking dinners that require crossover ingredients, it’s easier to turn one meal into two. For example, buying sweet onions and chicken breasts to make Apple Chicken Enchiladas means you’ll have those ingredients on hand for Greek Chicken Bowls later in the week.

Make a list. Once you’ve decided on the recipes for the week, create a list of all the ingredients you’ll need. While you’re at the store, stick to your plan and avoid impulse purchases to stay on track while getting in and out faster.

Find more recipes and meal planning tips by downloading the free e-cookbook at and join the conversation by following #missionfornutrition on social media.

Chicken and apple enchiladas

Recipe courtesy of the Healthy Family Project Mission for Nutrition


1/2 sweet onion, diced

1 jalapeno, diced

1 Envy or Jazz apple, diced

2 cups cooked shredded chicken

8 flour tortillas

6 ounces shredded Mexican cheese blend, divided

1 can red enchilada sauce

Cilantro (optional)


Heat the oven to 350 degrees.

In a skillet, cook the onions until translucent. Add jalapeño and apple; sauté 2-3 minutes.

Add the cooked chicken and mix well. Remove from fire.

Arrange tortillas and sprinkle cheese on each. Add the chicken mixture and roll up. Place in a baking dish and cover with enchilada sauce.

Bake for 20 minutes, or until heated through.

Greek Chicken Bowls

Recipe courtesy of the Healthy Family Project Mission for Nutrition


1 cup cooked white or brown rice

1 grilled chicken breast, sliced

1 RealSweet onion, sliced

1 cup cherry tomatoes

1 cucumber, quartered

1/2 cup black olives

1 tablespoon of feta cheese

2 tablespoons tzatziki sauce


Place cooked rice and chicken in bowls.

Garnish each bowl with sweet onions, tomatoes, cucumbers and black olives. Sprinkle each with feta cheese. Drizzle each with tzatziki sauce.