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Sam Talbot Shares Diabetes-Friendly Recipes

"The Sweet Life" author dishes about health, wellness, and good eating.


You travel a lot. How do you stay healthy on the road?

I do a lot of planning. I don't want to be in a bind where I have to eat potato chips or a gas station hot dog. If I'm flying, the night before I'll make a batch of granola and other stuff that travels well that I can have on the plane.

How do you cope with holiday parties?

I try to eat at my house before I go. I'll do some kind of guacamole or something that's going to sustain me. I try to go in fortified so I eat smaller portions at the party. I drink wine sometimes, but only with food. I usually drink vodka with club soda and fresh lemon, so it's fewer calories and carbs. And for every drink that I have, I'll drink a glass of water.

What are you cooking for the holidays?

I love to braise turkeys. I take a whole turkey and break it down into parts, sear them in a pan, and then braise them with tomatoes and garlic and ginger. I serve it over brown rice with flaxseed or chia seed mixed in. It smells good, it's healthy, and that means everyone's feeling good.

Shirataki Noodles With Cashews and Chilies

This fast, satisfying dish features shirataki noodles, a low-carb pasta made from konjac, an Asian yam, and sambal oelek chili paste, an Indonesian specialty. Find both ingredients in Asian grocery stores and natural food stores.

Makes 4 servings


2 packages (16 oz total) shirataki noodles

3 Tbsp toasted sesame oil

1 large red onion, diced

4 garlic cloves, finely chopped

2 Tbsp finely chopped fresh ginger

2 fresh jalapeno chili peppers, seeded and finely chopped

2 Tbsp sesame seeds, toasted in a dry skillet

2 Tbsp rice vinegar

2 Tbsp agave nectar

1 tsp sambal oelek chili paste

1 cup low-sodium chicken broth

1/4 cup chopped cashews

1/3 cup hand-torn fresh cilantro

2 Tbsp low-sodium

Soy sauce


1. Rinse the noodles under cold running water and drain well, then transfer them to a large bowl and toss with 1 Tbsp of the sesame oil to prevent sticking.

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