Hi Ray, Thanks for your comments. Every opinion helps.
Books like "Eat This, Not That" are aimed at the general public, trying to steer them away from fast food but not really giving superhealthy alternatives. The average person working two jobs just wants to grab something fast. We need better than that.
I helped write a diet book called "The Four Corners Diet," which is a low-carb, high-fiber, high-mono-fat diet that I think is the healthiest for people with diabetes. You can get a used copy for a penny on Amazon. It has a lot of recipes, plus a chapter on following the diet on a budget. That might be what you're looking for.
Oh yes. Re expense. I keep track of what I pay for food, and after Dx, although I was eating better food, my expenses were almost the same as before, because I wasn't eating expensive snack foods. They cost more per pound than good meat because that's how the manufacturers can make a lot of money. For me, saving money comes from simply eating less food, but good food so I enjoy it more.
Roasts and stews aren't that hard to prepare and can be frozen for quick meals later.
Ray, I forgot to mention: Stay away from "diabetic" cookbooks. They're based on the high-carb ADA diet. Instead, look for low-carb cookbooks. One of my favorites is Fran McCullough's "Low carb cookbook." Others include Sharron Long's books. A type 2 in Australia has published"What on Earth Can I Eat?: Food, Type 2 Diabetes and YOU." I haven't had a chance to read it, but he generally has good advice.
How about, Intermittent Fasting for diabetics...