By Ceri Marsh and Laura Keogh, Sweet Potato Chronicles

Beginning a new calendar year means New Year’s resolutions reign and topping the list of common resolutions is eating healthier and staying on budget.

But if you’re going to follow through this year– instead of shacking up with disappointment like those with the other made-to-be-broken resolutions of get organized and start exercising—you’re going to need more than just a promise and prayer.  It’s important for you to adapt a few simple strategies to help set you up for success.

For instance, staying on budget and adopting a healthier diet is easier if you take the time to prepare more of your meals at home.  It’s a straightforward strategy to remember for dinners but what about lunches? Raise your hand if you rely on a steady steam of takeout for your noontime meals. It’s easier to fall down on nutrition if you’re depending on grab and go food for your lunch.

Instead, save yourself time and money by following our budget-friendly weekly lunch plan of great midday meals that come together quickly, each $5 or under per serving. We even include a grocery list to help make shopping easier so you can also resolve to not break these New Year promises.

Looking for more menus? See the delicious recipes from Week 2 and Week 3.

 Tuna White Bean Salad

Monday: Avocado Egg Salad
This is not your mother’s egg salad thanks to the addition of creamy avocado.

Spinach Soup

Tuesday: Spinach Soup 
This easy to prepare soup fits right into your New Year’s resolution with its healthy dose of iron.

Tuna White Bean Salad

Wednesday: Tuna White Bean Salad
Make eating healthy trouble-free with this fast and flavorful dish that is easy to pack.

Lentil Salad

Thursday: Saskatchewan Lentil Salad
This hearty salad offers the low in fat but high in protein benefits of lentils.

Apple Quesadilla

Friday: Turkey, Apple and Cheddar Quesadilla
You won’t need to tote along some fruit for this lunch since this quesadilla packs it right into the mix.

Grocery List Ingredients
2 avocados
1 red pepper
1 yellow pepper
2 lemons
1 bunch of chives
1 10-oz bag of fresh spinach
1 head garlic
2 red onions
4 or 5 radishes
8 cherry tomatoes
1 bunch of arugula
1 bunch fresh basil
1 bunch curly parsley
1 bunch cilantro
2 carrots
3 stocks celery
1 apple
1 yellow onion

3 eggs
1 container of Greek yogurt
3 cups of whole milk
white cheddar cheese

8 slices of roast turkey or deli turkey

2 whole wheat tortillas
1 loaf whole grain bread

1 cup red lentils
1 5-oz can of tuna
1 15-oz can of can­nellini beans
cayenne pepper
bay leaves
rosemary
camelina oil
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
4 cups vegetable stock

You’ll also need:
Salt and pepper
Olive oil
Butter
All purpose flour
Dijon mustard