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  • 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.

  • Lean and lovin' it: Trimming down a cafeteria favorite Sep 23, 2013 2:46 PM
    When traveling through South and North Carolina, Don Mauer discovered the K&W Cafeteria, a chain that's been around 60-some years. They make a mean macaroni and cheese, but the baked spaghetti, seemingly sold only at their restaurants, became his favorite. Today he gives us a trimmed down version.

  • Lean and lovin’ it: Defining a “foodist” Sep 12, 2013 1:24 PM
    Darya Pino Rose likes creating new words like “foodist” and “healthstyle,” and loves to eat and write about food — healthy, real food. Rose also makes lists; lots of 'em (more about that later). Ever since Rose drank her first SlimFast shake at the age of 11, she’s been involved with weight loss and maintenance in some fashion. In high school, Rose was immersed in ballet and, as she writes “... ate less than 10 grams of fat a month (in my mind I ate zero), and was very, very thin.”

  • Lean and lovin’ it: Where did our love of lean and tasty lamb go? Aug 28, 2013 1:14 PM
    By the numbers, few folks like lamb, let alone love it, and over the last 40 years concumption has dropped to a mere 13 ounces per person annually. Don Mauer says it's time to give this lean meat another try.

  • Lean and lovin’ it: Taking a taste of Art Smith’s new cookbook Jul 31, 2013 6:23 AM
    In his new book “Art Smith’s Healthy Comfort" Smith shares his weight loss story and the recipes that helped him stay on his healthier path. Taking the bull by the horns he hired workout guru Aaron Ferguson and lost 120 pounds; no easy task for a man who owns five restaurants.

  • Lean and lovin' it: Chicken salad a refreshing break from sandwiches Jul 10, 2013 9:07 AM
    Don Mauer takes another look at chicken salad in this best-of Lean and lovin' it column.

  • Lean and lovin' it: Putting new products to the test Jun 17, 2013 1:11 PM
    Don Mauer puts a couple of new kitchen gadets and ingredients to the test. Can these things really make healthy and delicious foods?

  • Lean and lovin’ it: Surprising products make Prevention’s Eat Clean list May 29, 2013 11:02 AM
    Sometimes Don Mauer's time at the grocery store is limited, so he appreciates it when Prevention magazine publishes its Eat Clean awards, 100 delicoius products that contain no genetically modified ingredients, have no more than 10 grams of added sugar and less than 200 milligrams of sodium per serving.

  • Lean and lovin’ it: Getting familiar with ‘The Aztec Diet’ Apr 30, 2013 1:45 PM
    Did Aztec Indians know a weight-loss diet secret that disappeared with their civilization 500 years ago? Dr. Bob Arnot believes they did and he tells the story in "The Aztec Diet — Chia Power: The Superfood that Gets You Skinny and Keeps You Healthy."

  • Lean and lovin; it: Bold ingredients flavor company-worthy casserole Apr 10, 2013 2:59 PM
    In an effort to both maintain his LeanWizard status and impress first-time dinner guests and their children, Don Mauer decided a homey casserole should be on the menu. He developed an Italian-inspired recipe with organic zucchini and pasta that pleased the adults and children at the table.

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