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  • Lean and Lovin’ it: Is a grain-free diet a path to better health? Jan 28, 2015 6:36 AM
    Carrie Vitt shares an inspirational story, intimate portrait of her family and solid recipes in a new book, “The Grain-Free Family Table” (2014 William Morrow, $29.99). She tells readers how to revamp their pantries with healthy ingredients that make meal prep easier and can reduce dependency on prescription drugs.

  • Lean and lovin it: Homemade chocolate fits into a healthy eating plan Jan 13, 2015 2:41 PM
    Over the years, Don Mauer has learned that if he cuts a food out of his food plan forever, he craves it. Chocolate included. After giving it some thought, he realized he could make a chocolate bar using organic cocoa powder, organic coconut oil or cocoa butter, vanilla and stevia, a natural calorie-free sugar substitute that would fit into a healthy eating plan.

  • Lean and lovin it: Don Mauer recommends books for cooks Dec 9, 2014 6:19 AM
    Thinking about what to give someone who loves to cook this holiday season? Look no further. Don Mauer says Mark Bittman's “How to Cook Everything Fast: A Better Way to Cook Great Food” should be under tree, as should "The Skinnytaste Cookbook" by Gina Homolka.

  • Lean and lovin' it: Making the case for heritage turkey Nov 12, 2014 6:00 AM
    If you're considering a heritage turkey for this year's feast, Don Mauer wants you to know a few things. One: once on the edge of extinction there are about 25,000 birds. Two: they're expensive. Three: the flavor and texture are superior to traditional birds.

  • Lean and lovin’ it: ATK cookbooks help slow cooker novices get into the groove Oct 21, 2014 6:00 AM
    Don Mauer says he launched his slow cooker adventure without a cookbook as a compass for guidance. To make future slow cooking forays easier he sought out a reliable cookbook that could make my slow-cooking learning path less bumpy. He found the "Slow Cooker Revolution" books by the people at American Test Kitchen.

  • Lean and Lovin’ it: Don Mauer reflects on two decades of advice, looks forward to healthier recipes Oct 8, 2014 6:01 AM
    Don Mauer marks 22 years as the Daily Herald's Lean and Lovin' it columnist. He shares lessons learned over those two decades and how he plans to move forward.

  • Lean and lovin’ it: Don catches up with the slow cooker revolution Sep 24, 2014 5:51 AM
    It took him a few decades, but Don Mauer has learned to embrace slow cookers. He takes us on his inagural experience and shares a hearty beef stew recipe.

  • Lean and Lovin’ it: Delicious pasta swap for homemade Bolognese Sep 9, 2014 5:45 AM
    Don Mauer has loved pasta since his first serving of mac and cheese. But that love affair has been on hold for a bit since he's been avoiding sugars and refined carbs and ... well ... macaroni’s a refined carb. He recently learned of a carb-free spaghetti substitute that goes well with his homemade Bolognese.

  • Lean and lovin’ it: Learning to recognize, curb sugar addiction Aug 26, 2014 5:55 AM
    Eve O. Schaub's ode to sugar sounds dangerously close to an addiction, and perhaps there’s more truth in that than any of us would like. Don Mauer takes a look inside her book and the role of sugar in our diets.

  • Lean and lovin’ it: Everyone loses (weight, that is!) when fats go back into their diet Aug 12, 2014 11:30 AM
    Don Mauer hasn't stopped thinking about "The Big Fat Surprise" and the conclusions author Nina Teicholz drew: that low-fat diets triggered Americans’ hefty weight gain over the last 20 years; saturated fat consumption does not cause heart disease; and that reducing cholesterol levels has a minimal effect on heart disease and lower cholesterol levels could raise risk factors for other diseases. In the past two months, he's taken her advice to heart and has seen the scale trend downward.

  • Lean and lovin’ it: Fat does not make us fat. Really. Jul 23, 2014 5:30 AM
    It’s all been a big fat, supersized lie. And what bother’s Don Mauer most is that he helped perpetuate it. New research shows that saturated fats might not be unhealthy and fat does not makes you fat.

  • Lean and lovin’ it: Swiss chard’s nutrition hard to beat Jul 8, 2014 6:30 AM
    Swiss chard is one of the 10 best foods we aren’t eating, according to Men's Health magazine. And Don Mauer was in that group until bunches of chard showed up in his CSA box the other week. Turns out few vegetables deliver the carotenoid wallop that one cup of fresh, uncooked Swiss chard does. That's a good thing, and so is the fettuccine and chard recipe he shares.

  • Lean and lovin’ it: CSA puts fresh surprise in every box Jun 25, 2014 5:45 AM
    Don Mauer joined a community supported agriculture service this spring and loves the challenge of using up the close-to-organic fruits and vegetables. See what he does when confronted by a box full of zucchini.

  • Lean and lovin’ it: Celebrate eggs and the many ways to cook them Jun 11, 2014 6:03 AM
    Don Mauer dives into Michael Ruhlman’s new book “Egg: A Culinary Exploration of the World’s Most Versatile Ingredient.” (Little Brown, 2014) He says it's egg-actly the book you need to learn about cooking eggs. While seemingly simple — it’s just a yolk and a white — an egg can be made and used in more ways than you might think.

  • Lean and lovin’ it: Don’s tips for safe, healthful summer grilling May 29, 2014 6:19 AM
    When Don Mauer started cleaning his grill in preparation for regular summer use, he started thinking about the history of backyard grills. Believe it or not, your Chicago area backyard’s the epicenter for the creation of backyard barbecue grills.

  • Lean and lovin’ it: Changes coming to FDA nutrition labels May 14, 2014 5:30 AM
    Don Mauer weighs in on the proposed changes to the FDA nutrition labels. Is adding "added sugars" and vitamin D a good thing?

  • Lean and lovin’ it: DASH diet trumps other weight-loss plans Apr 30, 2014 5:45 AM
    With shorts and tank top weather right around the corner, Don Mauer reviews a recent article by US News & World Reports that ranked 32 weight loss diets. The DASH diet came out on top and the Mediterranean Diet fared well. Did Atkins or Paleo make the top tier?

  • Lean and lovin’ it: Michel Guerard’s lightened recipes are worth a taste Apr 16, 2014 5:45 AM
    Michel Guerard, 81-year-old chef and cookbook author frequently is described as a driving force behind France’s nouvelle cuisine. “Eat Well and Stay Slim: The Essential Cuisine Minceur” (April 2014) is Guerard's newest effort that shows home cooks how to create ethereal sauces without butter or cream, mix up low-calorie mayonnaise and so much more.

  • Lean and lovin’ it: Coconut oil spread a healthier butter alternative Apr 2, 2014 6:00 AM
    Back in the day Don Mauer saw coconut oil as the poster child for bad fat because of its high content of saturated fat. More recent research has shown it's not the villain it was made out to be so Don gives it a try in chocolate bundt cake.

  • Lean and Lovin’ it: Don thinks outside the box to create a healthy cheeseburger macaroni Mar 19, 2014 5:45 AM
    After the reading the ingredient list on a box of Hamburger Helper Don Mauer decides to create a skillet cheeseburger burger macaroni that not only is lower in sodium and sugar, but that also tastes like an actual cheeseburger instead of macaroni and cheese with ground beef tossed in.

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