After eating lots of good food at my brother’s wedding earlier this month, I’ve decided it’s time to get my diet back on track.

Luckily, a new tool to help me do just that arrived in the mail. H-E-B is in the middle of its Ready, Set, Cook! challenge to get Texans to eat healthier foods. People can sign up to participate at www.heb.com/healthy to try new recipes each week.

To coincide with the contest, H-E-B published a new cookbook, “My H-E-B

Texas Table,” which is filled with customer- and employee-contributed recipes that registered dieticians slimmed down by substituting ingredients.

To entice me to give some of the recipes a try, H-E-B also sent a sample of one of the recipes: South Texas oatmeal cookies. They were so delicious, my co-workers and I didn’t even notice most of the fat had been trimmed from the cookies.

I also tried Big Jim’s Texas Chili and Spicy Bean Burgers.

Give them and other recipes in the book a try, and like me, you’ll find new ways to eat great and lose weight — a perfect combination to build and maintain a healthy lifestyle.

The cookbook is available in select H-E-B stores and most of the recipes are online at heb.com.

South Texas oatmeal cookies

Ingredients

1½ cups flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon cinnamon

½ teaspoon salt

¼ teaspoon nutmeg

¾ cup brown sugar

½ cup granulated sugar

4 tablespoons softened margarine

¾ cup applesauce

2 egg whites

2 tablespoons skim milk

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

3 cups old-fashioned oats

1 cup raisins

nonstick cooking spray

Directions

Preheat oven to 350ºF. Spray cookie sheet with nonstick cooking spray.

In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking soda, cinnamon, salt and nutmeg. Mix well.

In a large bowl, beat sugars and margarine until well blended. Add applesauce, egg whites, milk and vanilla. Beat well.

Slowly add flour mixture; mix well. Stir in oats and raisins; mix well.

Drop dough by rounded tablespoonfuls onto prepared cookie sheet. Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until edges are light golden brown.

Cool one minute on cookie sheets; remove to wire rack to cool completely.

Makes: 3½ dozen

Nutrition per cookie: 90 calories; 1.5 g fat; 0 mg cholesterol; 18 g carbohydrates; 2 g protein; 1 g fiber; 75 mg sodium; 10 g sugar.

— “My H-E-B Texas Table” cookbook

M. Clare Haefner enjoys cooking for family and friends. She can be reached at chaefner@kdhnews.com or (254) 501-7551.

Contact M. Clare Haefner at chaefner@kdhnews.com or (254) 501-7551.

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