Healthy for the holidays: Zucchini Tomato Sauté low on calories, high on taste |

Healthy for the holidays: Zucchini Tomato Sauté low on calories, high on taste

Cooking with chicken or vegetable bouillon gives this zucchini more flavor and less calories then when prepared with oil.
Courtesy Simone Grandmain / TDRPD |

While there really is no quick fix to losing that last five pounds you’ve been carrying since your first year of college, there are some ways to speed up its demise.

One thing we recommend at the TDRPD fitness track/gym is to pick up a set of free weights while doing your laps. The added weight burns more calories, which is why a man burns 126 calories per mile (or 12 times around the TDRPD track) while a smaller woman burns 103.

At Truckee’s Aquatic Center (8924 Donner Pass Road), the resistance pool provides a current you can walk or swim against, adding some extra effort and, thus, burning more calories. Some also like to think the water hitting on the thighs gets rid of cellulite. Alas, there is no medical proof for this but, hey, if it gets you in the pool, go with it.

When cooking there are also simple tricks to promote weight loss that maintain the flavor of your dish (actually add to it) while cutting the fat and calories. When sautéing vegetables or meats, reach for your Better Than Bouillon (it comes in chicken, vegetable, beef or lobster) as opposed to butter or oil.

This is a kitchen miracle. Available at Safeway, it is super easy to prepare (just add water) and it is great to keep a pre-made cup in your refrigerator for maximum convenience. Following is a simple recipe for zucchini, starting with chicken bouillon and spices.

The same technique can be applied when cooking spinach and even Brussel sprouts are better when steamed over chicken stock as opposed to water. Another trick here is to add the cheese, a little bit, right before serving. This way you get all the flavor of the cheese, but less of the fat and calories.

Zucchini Tomato Sauté


3 zucchini, cut lengthwise and then cut into half-inch, half-moons

1/2 onion, chopped

1/2 cup prepared Better Than Bouillon® chicken

one 14.5 oz. can Italian style stewed tomatoes

1 tbls. crushed garlic

1 tbls Italian seasoning

1/4 tsp. salt

1/2 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese

About two tbls. imitation bacon bits


Heat bouillon in large sauté pan. Add garlic. Stir with wooden spoon. Add onions. Stir. Add zucchini slices. Stir. Add entire can of tomatoes with juice and Italian seasoning. Cook and stir occasionally until zucchini are soft, but not wilted, around ten minutes.

Remove from heat. Sprinkle individual servings with a large pinch of cheddar cheese and a couple teaspoons of the bacon/soy bits.

This column comes courtesy of Truckee-Donner Recreation and Park District staff and fitness club members, reminding us to eat responsibly during the holidays. For more information on how you can stay in shape during the winter months visit

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