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Chef Sam Talbot's Healthy Recipes & Tips for Positive Living with Diabetes

For Sam Talbot, PWD type 1, life (and food) is about respecting your body and the planet, taking some chances, and believing the future is bright. He shares his delicious recipes perfect for a diabetes meal plan.
  • The Sweet Life

    You might recognize Sam Talbot from the popular reality cooking show Top Chef . Since appearing on the show in 2006, Sam has been very busy as executive chef at two top-rated New York restaurants (the Surf Lodge in Montauk and Imperial No. 9 in New York City), plus making countless media appearances and publishing his cookbook, The Sweet Life. This might seem normal for an adventurous and talented chef, but it means a lot more when you learn that Sam, 34, has been living with type 1 diabetes since age 12.

    For Sam, having diabetes as a teen was hard -- it meant keeping juice close by at every football practice, his mother following him around with a meter and finger pricker, and explaining diabetes to all his friends. But then something clicked for Sam. Instead of his diabetes being hard, Sam accepted that his diabetes wasn't going away -- and he became a pro at understanding his body (he brags about being able to predict his blood sugar readings to within 10 points). At the same time, Sam became a passionate student of food (his grandma was his first cooking mentor). Sam eventually took the lead in the kitchen, developing his own formula for a winning dish: It must be healthy, sustainable, and inspired. Now there's a mantra for life.

    Enjoy Sam's fresh and delicious recipes as well as his philosophy on living well with diabetes.

  • Mahi Mahi with Remoulade

    Don't miss this catch of the day! Served with a decadent remoulade -- a mayonnaise-base sauce popular in the South -- this low-carb entree is perfect with a side of grilled asparagus.

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  • Hibiscus and Goji Tea

    Say hello to your new favorite drink! This sophisticated twist on a summer favorite will have you sipping and relaxing in style. Enjoy an 8-ounce glass for only 12 grams of carb.

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  • Toasted Seeds with Golden Berry and Cocoa Nibs

    Forget high-calorie party mixes -- serve this delicious combination at your next gathering for a quick-fix snack that will be the talk of the party.

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  • So Simple!

    Here's a chef's secret to create those fancy-looking ribbons that are sure to impress:

    How to Make Zucchini Ribbons: Run a vegetable peeler along the length of a zucchini and a yellow squash. Repeat until you have the desired amount for your recipe.

  • Spring Salad with Apricots, Almonds, and Cilantro

    Two words describe this fruit-and-veggie salad: heavenly and healthy. Each bite reveals bold flavors in a colorful combination that will inspire you to eat whole foods more often.

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  • Sam's Healthy Cooking Mantra

    Healthy. "Cooking isn't about adding more and more ingredients. Pick simple foods that are fresh and real."

    Sustainable. "What is good for us is good for the planet. Respect your body by learning where the food you eat comes from."

    Inspired. "Play with your food. Take it apart. Discover what it's made of. Pair healthy foods with other healthy foods to see what you create."

  • Grilled Skirt Steak with Onion Ponzu

    Pull out the stops at your next barbecue with this mouthwatering marinated flank steak that pairs perfectly with a zesty sauce featuring citrus favors and a zip of chile pepper. Serve with a side of charred pineapple to complete the meal.

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  • Striped Bass with Tomato Relish

    Fresh, filling, and full of flavor, this heart-healthy recipe tastes as wonderful as it looks. Browse your local farmer's market for heirloom tomatoes for optimal color and flavor variety.

  • On Living with Diabetes...

    "Your mind is a beautiful thing. It can be your worst enemy or your best tool. Positive thinking can help people with diabetes get over any hurdle."

    Meet Race Car Driver Charlie Kimball, PWD type 1

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