It’s Week 2 of our budget-friendly meal plan and we’ve got a tasty line-up of dishes that will surely have you wondering why you ever bothered to buy lunch. While making and packing a lunch seems like more work, once you get used to taking a few extra minutes each week to create a plan around our meals you’ll realize your efforts actually save you time.

Missed a week? See our menus for Week 1 and Week 3.

We’ve even made it easier since you can slide our prepared grocery list into your weekly shopping. By the end of the month, you won’t believe the difference these easy changes will make on your nutrition and your budget. For your brilliance, you’ll need to give yourself a raise. And by raise we mean dessert.

The ALT Sandwich

Photo by Maya Visnyei

Monday: The ALT Sandwich
This tasty twist on a classic sandwich helps you honour your resolution since it doesn’t require bacon. No, seriously, it doesn’t.

garlicky turkey kale soup

Tuesday: Garlicky Turkey Kale Soup with Pasta, White Beans and Tomatoes
A flavorful meal of healthy goodness in a bowl, and it all comes together in under 30 minutes.

Butternut and Black Bean Quesadillas

Photo by Maya Visnyei

Wednesday: Butternut Squash and Black Bean Quesadillas
This vegetarian dish will keep you full all afternoon helping you skip the 3 p.m. cookie slump.

fiesta tomato wedge salad

Thursday: Fiesta Tomato Wedge Salad
A simple, nutritious and super satisfying salad, especially if you pack it with some crusty bread. What more can you ask for from your lunch?

Grilled Pizza

Photo by Maya Visnyei

Friday: Spinach Pesto Pizza with Sun-dried Tomatoes and Ricotta
You’ll be the envy of the water cooler chatter after you debut this over-the-top delicious pie at your desk. By the way, does anyone still have water coolers?

Grocery List Ingredients

1 bunch of fresh basil
1 avocado
1 lime
3 lbs. mixed tomatoes
1 head of Boston bibb lettuce
1 bunch of rainbow kale
1 pint grape tomatoes
1 head garlic
1 butternut squash
1 bunch cilantro
1 bunch baby spinach
1 container sun-dried tomatoes

1/2 lb. turkey sausage

1 container parmesan cheese
1 block cheddar cheese
1 container ricotta cheese
1 container asiago cheese

1 loaf multigrain bread
1 lb orecchiette pasta
1 package whole wheat or multigrain tortillas
1 large flatbread or na’an

6 cups low-sodium chicken broth
1 15oz. can cannellini beans
1 15oz. can black beans

You’ll also need:
Salt
Pepper
Olive oil
Lemon juice
Cumin
Cinnamon
Chili powder