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 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

South Texas oatmeal cookies


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


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 or (254) 501-7551.

Contact M. Clare Haefner at or (254) 501-7551.

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