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  • 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.

     
  • Lean and lovin’ it: Don Mauer ferrets out the truth about farro Feb 25, 2014 9:09 AM
    It all started on a really cold day this winter when I spied a recipe for a farro, kale and butternut squash soup on the online food magazine Relish. It wasn’t the recipe that caught my eye as much as the deliciously colorful picture. Yet another glance at the ingredient list and I almost turned the page. I wasn't so sure about kale, but I'm glad I didn't pass on this recipe.

     
  • Creating a lean chocolate cake a never-ending journey Feb 11, 2014 1:39 PM
    Between my lean chocolate dessert experiences and expert guidance I believed I could spy decadent, full-fat chocolate cake recipes that through my leanwizardry, could turn into healthier desserts without sacrificing flavor. Turns out, this wizard got bamboozled.

     
  • Lean and lovin’ it: Get acquainted with persimmons Jan 30, 2014 6:16 AM
    The other day a friend gave Don Mauer a fresh persimmon and asked if he’d ever eaten one before? A look of surprise spread across the friend's face when he answered no, so he gave it a try. Now he loves them and wonders how they flew under his radar for long. Today he shares some facts about persimmons and a recipe for persimmon bread.

     
  • Lean and lovin’ it: Xanthan gum key to lean salad dressing Jan 14, 2014 5:30 AM
    For many of my “less-than-lean” years a wide wedge of iceberg lettuce drenched with Thousand Island dressing was a favorite salad. Later, I learned that a 2-tablespoon serving of that dressing delivered 111 calories and 10.5 fat grams. Two tablespoons of any dressing barely covered the tip of that iceberg. No wonder I was less than lean.

     
  • Lean and lovin’ it: Early holiday gift yields sweet Christmas cake Dec 22, 2013 8:46 AM
    Christmas came early for Don Mauer. He bought himself a new bundt pan and has been happily baking slimmed down cakes for friends this holiday season. Today he shares a recipe for his Lemon Poppy Seed Bundt Cake.

     
  • Lean and lovin’ it: Sizing up gifts for the cooks on your list Dec 11, 2013 10:51 AM
    Chef knives, good balsamic vinegar and a Marcells Hazan cookbook are on Don Mauer's list of gifts to give to food-loving folks on your list.

     
  • Don’t deny yourself holiday treats, just show restraint Nov 25, 2013 6:11 AM
    In this Best of Lean and Lovin' it column Don Mauer outlines ways to trim calories from the Thanksgiving feast and shares a divine way to use leftover turkey.

     
  • Lean and lovin’ it: Grading our nation’s changing diet Nov 12, 2013 6:00 AM
    Earlier this year, Bonnie Liebman, director of nutrition at Nutrition Action Healthletter, created a nutritional report card covering 1970 to 2010. Using USDA statistics she looked at the changing American diet and noted, “This isn’t a report card you’d want to post on the fridge.”

     
  • Lean and lovin’ it: Breakfast’s role in weight loss plans Oct 23, 2013 12:21 PM
    There’s a war going on over breakfast and weight loss and I’m about to step in the middle of that battlefield. Care to join me? You’ve heard it said hundreds of times: “Breakfast is the most important meal of the day.” Is it? Really? Let’s look at some facts.

     
  • Lean and Lovin’ it: British author shares her take on intermittent fasting Oct 8, 2013 1:41 PM
    If controversy and confusion caused weight loss, anyone considering intermittent fasting (sometimes referred to as IF) would lose weight just by reading about it. Intermittent fasting is this year’s most popular fast-track to weight loss diet. Don Mauer tells us more about it.

     
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