Eating earth-healthy often means eating body-healthy, too: after all, as we’ve already covered, a drought-conscious diet means eating foods that involve minimal animal products and aren’t heavily processed. It means eating a lot more fruits and vegetables and a lot fewer refined grains, sugars, and meats. It means you have to miss out on a lot of treats, like chocolate, bacon, and all of our guilty pleasure foods.
Luckily, we’ve got a dessert recipe for you that uses ingredients that are not water-intensive to produce. And no, this isn’t some hippy-dippy raw vegan wheatgrass quinoa concoction. It’s classic comfort food, the sort of thing you can gladly serve to your friends who aren’t eco-conscious without having to explain yourself. The recipe below is for traditional apple crisp.
1 cup flour
¾ cup oatmeal
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 t cinnamon
½ cup butter, softened
4 cups apples, peeled and chopped into squares
1 cup sugar
Combine first four ingredients. Cut in butter until crumbly. Press half into a greased baking dish. Top with apples, and sprinkle remaining crust over top.
Bake 350 degrees for 1 hour.
Makes 4-10 servings.
Virtual water use: 1582 liters
Virtual water per serving: 160-400 liters