Zucchini, also known as courgette, is a very low calorie vegetable that contains neither saturated fats nor cholesterol, and therefore it is a common vegetable included in weight loss and cholesterol control programs by dieticians. As its peel is a good source of dietary fiber, it also helps reduce constipation and protect against colon cancers. Besides, zucchini is rich in some kinds of antioxidants that help eradicate harmful oxygen-derived free radicals and reactive oxygen species from the body, and so it plays a role in slowing down aging and various disease processes.
Here comes a simple recipe of zucchini: brush a big oven dish with a thin layer of olive oil; cut two zucchinis/courgettes into 2 or 3-cm slices and place them evenly in the oven dish; mix 1/4 teaspoon of salt and 1 tablespoon of olive oil with enough chopped garlic; spoon the garlic mixture onto each surface of courgette pieces; roast in the preheated oven set at 200C Gas Mark 6 for 35 minutes. This is definitely a delicious dish for good of both general health and weight loss. Alternatively, cook with the same ingredients in a different way – Steamed Courgettes with Garlic.