Budget Weekly Meal Plan for Gestational Diabetes




Food is a huge part of the budget and with Gestational Diabetes can get really expensive, so I'm going to share a budget weekly meal plan for Gestational Diabetes.  I'm not sharing prices, because prices vary so much in different areas, and I know my prices in Australia are vastly different from what I was paying in the United States. This is one week of how we eat cheaply with Gestational Diabetes.  I plan for each meal to serve two adults and to have occasional leftovers to freeze. You should be able to easily adjust to your family size.  My meal plan repeats dishes because that is the best way to save money by limiting how many different ingredients you buy and eliminating as much food waste as possible.  From this list, I often freeze extra bacon and ground beef for future weeks. Feel free to alternate the meals and eat them in a different order to help with the monotony if it bothers you.


Grocery List 

1 package bacon

3 dozen eggs

1 loaf of bread

1 package mushrooms

1 bag onions

1 large block of cheese, or shredded cheese

1 bag apples

1 bunch bananas

1 bag of trail mix

1 large cabbage head

1 large container of ground beef

1 bag of pasta

1 jar of pasta sauce

1 bag of carrots

3 bags of frozen veggies or cheap fresh veggies

1 bag of walnuts

Milo or hot chocolate 


Breakfast

M Breakfast Sandwich - Fried Egg, bacon, cheese, Toast

T Scrambled eggs - 2 eggs, diced mushrooms, diced onion, 1 piece of toast, cheese

W Breakfast Sandwich - Fried Egg, bacon, cheese, Toast

T Breakfast Sandwich - Fried Egg, bacon, cheese, Toast

F Scrambled eggs - 2 eggs, diced mushrooms, diced onion, 1 piece of toast, cheese

S Scrambled eggs - 2 eggs, diced mushrooms, diced onion, 1 piece of toast, cheese

S Scrambled eggs - 2 eggs, diced mushrooms, diced onion, 1 piece of toast, cheese


Carb Snack

Choose One

Apple with Peanut Butter 

Banana with Peanut Butter

A handful of trail mix


Lunch

M Open-faced Peanut butter sandwich

T Leftover cabbage dish with brown basmati rice

W Leftover Cabbage dish with brown basmati rice

T Cabbage dish or Open-faced peanut butter sandwich

F Open-faced Peanut butter sandwich

S Open-faced Peanut butter sandwich

S Open-Faced peanut butter sandwich Or Leftovers


Carb Snack 



Dinner

M Cabbage Dish with brown basmati rice

T Roast Chicken with brown basmati rice and veggies

W Roast Chicken stirfry with brown basmati rice, onion, and other veggies

T Roast Chicken stirfry with brown basmati rice, onion, and other veggies

F Spaghetti - Low GI pasta measured with lots of meat and veggies. Make sure to check the sauce for carbs 

S Spaghetti  

S Leftovers 


Evening Carb Snack

Fruit with Peanutbutter and cinnamon

A small portion of ice cream 

Hot Chocolate or Milo


Non-Carb Snack options

Carrots

Nuts

Boiled eggs


This is 1 week’s worth of food for gestational diabetes on a budget.  The Cabbage dish and the stir fry should have leftovers if you are cooking for two.  You should still be able to freeze a few portions for another week, or for postpartum so you don't have to cook once your baby arrives.  That is what I am currently doing.  I am not cooking entire meals just to freeze the whole thing, but I am trying each week to freeze a few portions of leftovers so that once our baby arrives I will have some easy meals that I just need to pop into the freezer.  A lot of the staples from this week will hopefully last you for future meals so you will be able to buy different staples each week and slowly build up a stash of essentials and of freeze meals. Let me know in the comments what your favorite budget meal is.


 


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