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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or (254) 501-7551.