At the end of a long and exhausting day, you want a delicious comfort-style meal to feed your empty belly. When you are eating for two, you have to consider the health repercussions of the foods you eat. Especially with gestational diabetes, you want to make sure that you and baby are getting the best, healthiest, balanced meals possible.
The best way to construct any meal on a gestational diabetes diet is to balance your carbohydrates with protein, choose whole grains, and fill up on lots of delicious vegetables. Try to avoid “white” carbohydrates like white bread, rice, and pasta because they are considered simple carbohydrates and will basically turn to sugar in your body rather quickly. At the end of your meal, if you are still hungry, fill your plate with more vegetables instead of more pasta, etc.
Here are some easy dinner ideas for gestational diabetes, each serving a family of four or more:
One-Pot Pasta Perfection
8 ounces (about half the box) of whole wheat penne pasta, or your choice of shape
4 cups of low-sodium vegetable or chicken broth
2 tablespoons olive oil
¼ to ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 yellow onion, diced
5 garlic cloves, minced
2 cups of fresh broccoli florets
1 cup of sliced fresh mushrooms, washed
2 cups of fresh chopped asparagus
1 cup sweet peas, fresh or thawed frozen
¼ cup cream (heavy cream or unsweetened coconut cream)
The juice of one small lemon
Salt and pepper to taste
Grated Parmesan cheese
In a very large pot over high heat, add the broth, pasta, onion, garlic, broccoli, asparagus, mushrooms, olive oil, and red pepper flakes. Let it come to a boil and then toss the mixture with tongs constantly for about ten minutes. Then add the peas, lemon juice, parsley, and cream and continue to toss for two more minutes or until the pasta is tender. Remove from heat. Use salt and pepper to taste, top with small amount of Parmesan cheese and extra parsley to garnish. If desired, you can also add in cooked shrimp, chicken, or tofu.
Grilled or Broiled Kabobs
Your choice or a combination of boneless, skinless chicken breast, turkey breast, or shrimp, cubed
Lots of raw, fresh vegetables, also cubed or cut into kabob sized pieces (zucchini, eggplant, cherry tomatoes, broccoli, cauliflower, mushrooms, onions, bell peppers, etc). Fresh cut pineapple, if desired.
Using wooden skewers that have been soaked, build your own kabobs using lots of your favorite vegetables and one serving of your chosen meats. Remember you can eat as much vegetables as you like. Cook the skewers over the grill or broil for a few minutes until cooked through. Always be sure to fully cook any meats as undercooked meat can make you and baby very sick. Serve over a salad and/or brown rice.
These are only a couple of the delicious meals you can make while on a gestational diabetes diet. Honestly, there is no limit to the delicious meals you can make just starting with these ideas alone. Just remember to balance your meals and watch your carbohydrates, and eat lots of fresh vegetables to make sure you are getting all of the vitamins and nutrients that you and baby need. For more recipes look at my other blogs.