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!


Join Us for the LA Big 5K Fun Run!

Khalili Center - LA Big 5k Fun Run

Join us for the LA Big 5K Fun Run, March 8th, 2014

The cost to register for the 5K Fun Run on March 8th is $40.00 per person. After registering below, please arrange to pay in person by credit card or mail a check made out to Khalili Foundation to:

Khalili Foundation
Attn: Hillary Downs
9033 Wilshire Blvd. Suite 200
Beverly Hills, CA 90211

Click here to register now!

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.