Summer is here is here and boy is it hot here in the desert! This drink has become our absolute favorite! It is not only refreshing, but has amazing health benefits. Turmeric is anti-inflamatory, ginger is great for digestion, local raw honey is amazing for seasonal allergies and lime is just plain awesome. That is it, 4 ingredients, 5 ingredients if you count the water and you are good an hydrated all summer long. My husband loves it so much that he is planning on using it as his sports drink. He is mixing it with hierba mate tea and taking it biking.
1, 2 inch piece of turmeric peeled and cut into 5 or 6 chunks (you could also use the dried spice about 1 tsp, but I prefer the taste of fresh)
1, 2 inch piece of ginger peeled and cut into 5 or 6 chunks (you could also use the dried spice about 1 tsp but I prefer the taste of fresh)
1/2 cup fresh squeezed lime juice (2-4 limes depending on how juicy they are) (you could use lemon as well, it too is super yummy)
3 T local raw honey
4 cups + 2 cups of Filtered water
Place the chopped turmeric and ginger in a pot with 4 cups of water. Bring to a boil. Turn down to low and let simmer 5 min or so. Turn off the heat add the 3 T or honey, stir to combine and let cool. Once cool take out the pieces of ginger and turmeric and pour into whatever you are going to use to store your drink. I use a large canning jar. Add the remaining 2 cups of water and the 1/2 cup of lime juice. Stir and drink right away over ice or store in the refrigerator.
The last 2 weekends we loaded up the kids and went apple picking. Agritopia Farms is a beautiful area of Phoenix that has gorgeous organic produce, organic peach trees, apricot trees and Anna apple trees. The Anna Apple tastes very similar to a Grannie Smith, only a little less tart. They are awesome! The first weekend we bought 30lbs and just this last one we bought 15lbs.
Needless to say we are making everything apple from apple butter to apple chips. So why not make an apple pie. I used a crust recipe that is part of the amazing blogger Brittney Angell’s online club. She is an very talented gluten free and grain free baker. If you love pies, the crust alone is worth the yearly $14.99. The pie crust is just like a Pilsbury Dough crust. It flakes. If you have tried to make a paleo crust in the past, need I say more? Usually, although tasty, they are very dense. This one is light and flaky. You can get the recipe here. She also has 2 other free pie crust on her site, but I haven’t tried them yet. If you do, please let me know how they turned out!
Another option is one from Elana’s Pantry. It is really good, but doesn’t flake like a traditional crust. You can get it here.
Paleo Apple Pie
2 pie crusts (one for the bottom and one for the lattice on top)
6 cups of thinly peeled and sliced tart apples such as Anna or Grannie Smith
3/4 c plus 1 tsp. maple sugar (The brand I use is Coombs Family Farms 100% Organic Maple Sugar, 1 lb 9 Ounce, Container)
1 lemon juiced
2 T arrowroot flour
1 1/4 tsp cinnamon
Pre-heat oven to 325 degrees F.
Roll out the pie crust onto parchment paper with a little arrow root flour underneeth to prevent sticking. Use the parchment paper to transfer the crust to the pie pan and press into place. Bake the crust in preheated oven for 15 min. In the mean time mix all the filling ingredients together except for the 1tsp maple sugar and 1/4 tsp cinnamon. Place the mixture in the par cooked crust. Roll out remaining dough and cut into strips for the lattice. Place the lattice onto of the apples and then sprinkle with 1 tsp of maple sugar and 1/4 tsp of cinnamon.
Cover entire pie with aluminum foil and bake for 40 min. Remove foil and bake another 15 min until top is golden. The inside of the pie should a bit jiggle but not be runny.
Sever alone or with a scoop of paleo ice cream.