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A Labor Day Recipe from Elizabeth Zabell Edelman: Mahi Mahi Skewers

Diabetes Daily co-founder on her love for food

Laura KolodjeskiLaura Kolodjeski

I know many of us, myself included, will be grilling out this Labor Day. So for ideas on what to grill, I asked Elizabeth Zabell Edelman, who grew up in the food industry, was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes when she was 23 and started the popular online community, Diabetes Daily. She shares one of her favorite recipes and gives us a peek into her background and how she became interested in cooking.

“I’ve always had a love for cooking,” Elizabeth said. “My parents had a French restaurant when I was little and we’ve always been into food and eating well.”

Although Elizabeth always had a passion for food, recipes weren’t her focus when she launched Diabetes Daily.

Co-founders of Diabetes Daily, David and Elizabeth Edelman
David and Elizabeth Edelman

“When I started Diabetes Daily it was a way for me to connect to others with diabetes,” Elizabeth said. “When we started the community forum I saw a lot of people talking about cooking and what they could and couldn’t eat, so that’s where I got the idea to start the recipe section.”

Elizabeth started the recipe section by including family recipes and recipes from cookbooks that she tailored to fit her needs. She says the recipes on Diabetes Daily have become so popular that even people who aren’t living with diabetes use it as a resource.

“In the forum, there are sections devoted to food and there are hundreds and hundreds of recipes that people have submitted,” Elizabeth said. “There’s not a specific ‘diabetes diet’ because everyone has specific needs outside of diabetes. Therefore, it’s hard to find a one-size-fits-all approach.”

Any member of Diabetes Daily is able to post their recipes in the forum, and Elizabeth even holds contests from time to time so members can submit their favorites to be included in the recipes section.

When asked what her all-time favorite recipe is, Elizabeth says it’s hard to choose because there are so many that she loves. “I’m Italian so I love my mom’s spaghetti and meatballs,” she said. “It says ‘home’ and ‘comfort’ and reminds me of my childhood, which I love.”

For your Labor Day cook-out, Elizabeth recommends her Mahi Mahi and Pineapple Skewers with Tomatillo Salsa:

Diabetes Daily Recipe Mahi Mahi and Pineapple Skewers With Tomatillo Salsa

12 oz. Mahi Mahi, cut into 1″ chunks
1 cup pineapple chunks
1 bell pepper (any color) cut into chunks
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Corn tortillas
Tomatillo salsa, recipe follows


  1. If you’re using wooden skewers, soak in water for at least 30 minutes prior to grilling.
  2. Preheat a grill to high heat.
  3. Alternate fish, pineapple, and peppers onto the skewers.
  4. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  5. Place the skewers on the grill and cook for 3-5 minutes, turning once. Be sure not to overcook!
  6. Wrap the tortillas in foil and place on the grill to warm.
  7. Remove skewers from the grill.
  8. Assemble your tacos, and top with salsa.

Nutrition Information (per serving, serves 4):
Calories: 156
Total Fat: 1g
Saturated Fat: 0g
Trans Fat: 0g
Sodium: 659mg
Carbohydrate: 19g
Fiber: 2g
Sugars: 5g
Protein: 18g

Tomatillo Salsa


2 Anaheim chile peppers, roasted, peeled, and chopped
1 pound fresh tomatillos, peeled, stems removed, about 10 to 12
2 fresh Serrano chiles, cut in half
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 medium clove garlic, minced
1/4 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro
1 teaspoon olive oil
1 teaspoon lime juice
1/4 teaspoon salt


  1. Pulse tomatillos in food processor until coarsely chopped.
  2. Add peppers and next 3 ingredients; pulse until small dice, but do not over process.
  3. Pour into a serving bowl.
  4. Stir in the olive oil, lime juice, and salt until well-blended.
  5. Cover and chill.

Nutrition Information (per serving, serves 4):
Calories: 74
Total Fat: 2g
Saturated Fat: 0g
Trans Fat: 0g
Sodium: 151mg
Carbohydrate: 13g
Fiber: 3g
Sugars: 8g
Protein: 2g

It’s important to remember that this recipe may not necessarily be appropriate for all people living with diabetes. So, you may want to speak with your certified diabetes educator* and/or nutrition educator to help design a holiday meal plan that’s right for you.

A big thank you to Elizabeth for chatting with us and for sharing this mouth-watering recipe!

Happy Labor Day!

Laura K.

Disclosure: Elizabeth Zabell Edelman received no compensation for this post. All opinions contained in this post reflect those of the interviewee, and not of Sanofi US, its employees, agencies or affiliates.

*“Certified Diabetes Educator” and “CDE” are certification marks owned and registered by the National Certification Board for Diabetes Educators (NCBDE). NCBDE is not affiliated in any way with Sanofi US. NCBDE does not sponsor or endorse any diabetes-related products or services.

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