Baked Eggs in Spaghetti Squash Nests

Eggs in Spaghetti Squash Nests


We love these delicious high protein and perfectly portioned baked eggs in a nest because they are baked in spaghetti squash which has a flavor similar to hash browns! Perfect for the bariatric patient looking for a satisfying yet “portion smart” breakfast! Add sriracha for an extra kick of spice and eat with confidence!


cooking spray
1.5 cups cooked spaghetti squash (from 1 medium)
1 small onion, minced
1 large egg white
1 tbsp butter
2 tbsp dried parsley
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp kosher salt
1/8 tsp black pepper
1/4 cup all purpose flour (or GF King Arthur flour)
1/3 cup shredded Pecorino Romano cheese
6 large eggs


*Preheat the oven to 425°F. Spray a muffin tin with oil.
*Place the cooked spaghetti squash in a bowl.
*In a medium skillet, saute onions in butter on medium-low heat for about 5 minutes, or until soft. Add this to the bowl with the spaghetti squash along with the egg white, parsley, garlic powder, salt, pepper, flour and cheese and mix well.
*Scoop 1/4 cup into each tin, pressing up the side to create a nest.
*Bake 18 to 20 minutes, until the edges become golden and crisp.
*Reduce the heat to 375°F. Remove from oven and carefully crack 1 egg into each tin. Bake an additional 10-12 minutes, or longer depending on how you like your eggs.

Servings: 6, Size 1 nest
Calories: 152
Protein: 10 grams
Carb: 10 grams
Fat: 8 grams



Expert Seminars an Added Benefit for Weight Loss Surgery Patients

Khalili Center, a medical practice specializing in weight loss surgery, offers patients extensive before- and after-surgery care, including bi-monthly Expert Seminars with physicians as guest speakers.  These experts cover a wide range of health topics, from a highly trained urologist discussing prostate cancer, to a top cardiologist providing important information on heart health and cardiac care, and more.  These expert seminars serve to educate patients of the clinic and other interested individuals, helping them take control of their health while undergoing their weight loss journey.

“It is extremely important that our patients work together with us to improve not just their weight loss numbers, but their overall health,” says Dr. Eraj Basseri, who along with his partners Dr. Ted Khalili and Dr. Kai Nishi, has successfully performed over 5,000 weight loss surgeries.  “We are continually seeking out experts to bring another care option to our bariatric surgery patients.  We personally take on the responsibility of patients’ health long term.”

The Expert Seminar series hosted by the Khalili Center is only one of the ways they provide support to their patients and the community. Their before- and after-surgery care includes extensive education on nutrition, exercise, and healthy living, to promote patient knowledge and empowerment for achieving and maintaining optimal health.


Pistachio Cinnamon Chicken Salad

 Pistachio Cinnamon Chicken Salad

We love this delicious high protein and very bariatric friendly recipe for lunch, dinner or a snack! Make it ahead for the week to grab and go. Eat in confidence!


16 oz cooked shredded boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 1/2 cups Fat-Free Greek plain yogurt
½ cup pistachios, finely chopped
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp fresh lime juice
4 fresh basil leaves, finely chopped
1 stalk celery, finely chopped
1/4 tsp sea salt
1/4 tsp freshly ground pepper
2 scallions, finely chopped


*Shred cooked chicken breast using a fork; place in a large mixing bowl.
Add remaining ingredients; gently toss to combine. Transfer to serving bowls. Serve chilled or at room temperature. Sprinkle with additional scallions if preferred.


Servings: 6 Serving Size: 1/6 recipe
Calories: 177
Protein: 25.5 grams
Carb: 6 grams
Fat: 5.5 grams

Chef’s Tips
Serve this chicken salad as an afternoon snack with whole grain crackers or sliced vegetables; or for lunch atop a bed of mixed greens and whole grain bread. I’ve used Greek plain yogurt instead of mayonnaise to cut the fat and a bit more protein and flavor to each bite!



Quick Spiralized Zucchini and Grape Tomatoes

Zoodles with Quick Tomato Sauce

We love this new and delicious “zoodles” recipe because it is so tasty and perfectly bariatric friendly! Add grilled chicken or shrimp for a protein boost and enjoy in confidence!


1/2 tablespoon olive oil

3 garlic cloves, chopped

3/4 lb grape tomatoes, cut in half

pinch red crushed pepper flakes

Kosher Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

1 tbsp chopped fresh basil

1 large zucchini, spiralized with thicker blade


*In a large non-stick pan set over high heat, heat the oil. Add the garlic and cook until golden, 30 seconds. Add the tomatoes, and crushed red pepper flakes, and season with salt and pepper. Reduce the heat to low. Simmer, covered, until the tomatoes soften, 15 minutes.

*Increase heat to medium-high, stir in the zucchini and basil, season with salt and cook 2 minutes. Serve right away.

Makes 2 cups.


Servings: 2, Size: 1 cup

Calories: 117

Protein: 4 g

Carb: 20 g

Chef’s Tips:

“What grows together, goes together” ..Zucchini, tomatoes and basil are just made for each other, you can serve as a side dish, as suggested, or even as a main dish topped with some grilled shrimp or chicken.

The Paderno Spiral Vegetable Slicer is perfect to easily make zoodles (zucchini noodles). The slightly wider cut noodles have more of a bite and I’m careful not to overcook them so they don’t get soggy. Under two minutes is all they need, then quickly remove them from the hot skillet or they will keep cooking.



Spicy Crunchy Tuna Tartare


We love this bariatric friendly high protein tuna appetizer for any gathering! Rich in protein and essential omega-3’s you will feel as good as you look! Serve this as a fancy dip on cucumber slices, in a partially hollowed out avocado to keep it low carb or make a fabulous lunch over a bed of baby greens. Enjoy in confidence!


8 oz sushi grade ahi tuna, finely chopped
2 tsps pure sesame oil
1 tsp rice wine
2 tsp fresh lime juice
2 tsp soy sauce
1 tsp Sriracha hot sauce (to taste)
2 tbsp chives, minced
2 tbsp panko crumbs
1 ripe, firm hass avocado, diced
1 tsp black and white sesame seeds


*Combine sesame oil, rice wine, lime juice, soy sauce and siracha. Poor over tuna and mix. Add chives and gently combine tuna with diced avocado, refrigerate until ready to serve. Add panko crumbs just before serving and top with sesame seeds.


Servings: 4, Serving Size: 1/4
Calories: 197.6
Protein: 18.6 grams
Carb: 7.9 grams
Fat: 10.3 grams



Khalili Family is Here For You

Dr. Ted Khalili, Dr. Kai Nishi, and Dr. Eraj Basseri


The majority of the patients seen in the Khalili Center office for an initial bariatric surgery consult have already spent years attempting to lose a significant amount of weight.  Most have at least one previous success story of a diet plan that enabled them to lose 10, 15, even up to 50 or 100 pounds.  Unfortunately, they also have a frustrating end to their story, how the weight easily returned once the diet plan ended.

Dieting, losing, gaining, and dieting again and again is often referred to as yo-yo dieting.  Your body is not designed to gain and lose weight continually.    A study published in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association, found that the more times a woman dieted to lose weight, the greater the decrease in her immune system function.  Choosing to go on repetitive diets, as opposed to shifting your lifestyle to a healthier one, is not the answer to long-term weight management.  It simply does not work, and could possibly have negative effects on your health.

Achieving and maintaining a healthy lifestyle is not as easy as it sounds.  If it were, 60% of Americans would not currently be overweight or obese.  However, you should not think it is impossible.  With the right tools, education and support, achieving and maintaining a healthy weight can occur.  Khalili Center has seen the results with our own patients.  Do they achieve this success alone?  Absolutely not.  They utilize the tool of surgery, along with our strong support program, dietary counseling, and psychological professionals.  Our goal is to be with them every step of the way!

If you have questions about weight loss surgery (we hope you have plenty), Khalili Center For Bariatric Care would like to make sure you receive correct answers, not just answers we think you want to hear.  For example…Is weight loss surgery a lifetime commitment on the part of the patient?  Yes, you bet it is.  However, with the right tools, one day you’ll find yourself realizing that you’ve completely fallen into a healthier life pattern.  And not to worry, occasionally, even the best slip back into an old habit now and again.  Just knowing you have a place to go, and people who care, you can get right back on track.

We look forward to bringing you more blog entries, and bringing forth a variety of topics that are of interest to our readers.  Please let us know if you have a particular topic you’d like to see featured, and we’ll do our best to discuss on this blog.  We would like to leave you with this thought…

“Life is not merely being alive, but being well”


Khalili Center Family


1 http://www.fredhutch.org/en/news/releases/2004/06/yoyodieting.html

quote by:     Marcus Valerius Martialis – a Latin poet from Hispania


Access Khalili Center on the Go!

welcome screen


Now you can take the Khalili Center with you everywhere you go! Designed with you in mind, the app is user-friendly and tailored to our patient’s needs.

Put your pencils down and pick up your phone for a new, fun way to log your food! The newest feature is a “Nutrition Tracker”, which allows you to search for and even scan your food items to get the nutritional values, and then store that information to tally up at the end of the day. Set your own goals based on your specific needs and your dietician’s recommendations. It even has the option for you to share your food journal with Misti at the end of the day. Tune in for details on an upcoming “how-to” training presentation!

With the app you can track your weight loss progress, have the delicious recipes in the palm of your hand, quickly access to Khalili Center Facebook and Blog, and even register for Khalili Center Events!

Download in iTunes and the Google Play Store Today!

After downloading, or if you have already downloaded the app, watch “The Khalili Difference” video in its entirety and click “Yes” (you must complete all fields) at the end of the video to be entered into our drawing. We will draw one winner on 10/24/2014 and announce the winner on 10/27/2014. They will receive a surprise goodie bag of Khalili Center items! *Patients and non-patients are welcome to download the app and participate.


For help navigating the app or questions on using “Nutrition Tracker” please call the office and ask for Larrissa.


Event: Softball with the Doctors




Join us for a morning of softball with the doctors! This Saturday, April 26th, from 10am to 11:30am at the softball field at 10740 Ohio Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90024 (free parking). All are welcome and pinch runners are available if you choose not to run. Bring a glove and/or a bat if you have one!

We look forward to seeing you there!
Cheering crowd and players alike are needed!


Khalili Center Visits Sunrise Elementary

Khalili Center - Sunrise School


This week doctors and staff from Khalili Center for Bariatric Care paid a visit to the Sunrise Elementary School. It was our second visit to Sunrise this year and part of our ongoing community outreach to help educate students about proper nutrition and the importance of maintaining a healthy diet.

On this week’s visit to Sunrise we educated students on the four food groups, how to differentiate healthy foods from unhealthy foods, and how food affects our bodies in general. We also focused on the importance of exercise and even gave the kids pedometers, let them run around the track and count how many steps they took. To get the students excited and engaged about exercise, we set up a challenge in which at the end of the school year, we will award a prize to the class that racks up the most steps.



Let’s Go Shopping!

Khalili Center - Shopping


Grab your shopping basket and join Misti for a shopping adventure at Trader Joe’s!

  • Learn how to navigate through Trader Joe’s
  • Learn great hands-on food tips

Event Information:
Monday, February 10th at 6pm
Trader Joe’s Los Angeles, Store #237
8500 Burton Way
Los Angeles, CA 90048
Corner of Burton and Colgate
Complementary Parking!


Meet at Trader Joe’s in the flower section by the grocery carts… look for the cart with the orange balloon!
See you at Tader Joe’s instead of Khalili Center!

The information presented in the blog pages of Khalili Center is for educational and informational purposes only and should not considered personal medical advice. Consult with your personal physician/care giver regarding your own personal medical care.