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Cucumber ring cookie with Blueberry pudding:
Cucumber ring cookie:
4 ounces cucumber
1/8 cup (.9 ounce) dried soybeans
  or 2 tablespoons soybean bean flour
2 tablespoons (.6 ounce) whole corn flour
1 tablespoon (.3 ounce) whole wheat flour
1 tablespoon (.2 ounce) flax meal
1 tablespoon (.2 ounce) fine ground oat bran
1 pinch salt

Blueberry topping/pudding:
2 ounces (1 third cup) blueberries
3 tablespoons (1 ounce) raw (non roasted) sunflower seeds 
  or 2 tablespoons 30 percent added oil non roasted boiled
    sunflower seed butter
  or 2 tablespoons tahini
  (use the seed butter if your processor is low speed or
    will not flow if using the seeds)
1 tablespoon (.2 ounce) apple powder
1 tablespoon (.6 ounce) oat flour 
1 teaspoon (.2 ounce) canola oil
1 tablespoon (.5 ounce) sugar
2 teaspoons (.3 ounce) water
If using frozen berries, put into water to unthaw or heat for 25 seconds in a microwave oven to unthaw.

Put the berries, 1/8 cup plus 1 tablespoon sunflower seeds, 1 tablespoon sugar, and 1 teaspoon oil, and 2 teaspoons water into a high speed 1 cup processor and run until smooth.

Put the berry puree into a mixing and/or portion bowl and add 1 tablespoon apple powder and 1 tablespoon oat flour.


Remove the cucumber peel, if the cucumber is large, taste the cucumber to be sure it is not bitter, remove any tough seeds from a piece that will yield 4 ounces.

Chop the cucumber into 3/8 inch pieces and put it into a 1 or two cup blender, and process into a smooth slurry (about 2 minutes) in a high speed processor, a low speed processor will takes a couple of minutes longer. If necessary, repeatedly lift the blender 1 quarter inch and drop it down against the counter to jar the mixture into the path of the cutting blades. Repeat until flow starts.

Put the puree into a mixing bowl and add: 2 tablespoon corn flour, 1 tablespoon whole wheat flour, 1 tablespoon flax meal, 2 tablespoons bean flour, and 1 pinch salt.

Mix until uniform.

If the batter is thick enough, dump the mixture onto a plate, shape into ring with a 2 inch hole at the center by spreading 1/2 inch thick on a plate. If the batter is too runny to hold the shape of a ring:
Put a 2 to 3 inch pyrex bowl, upside-down, onto a microwaveable plate and pour the zuccini mixture around the bowl.

Heat in a microwave oven until firm,(4 minutes 50 seconds in a 1000 watt oven, 8 minutes in a 600 watt microwave oven).

To heat to boiling: 6.2 ounces X 20 = 124 seconds.
Plus 5 seconds for oven to begin heating.
Plus to replace heat lost to air: 138/60 minutes X 10 seconds per minute = 23 seconds.
Plus to remove excess water: 46 seconds per minute X 3 ounces water = 138 seconds.
Dry weight = total weight - total water (6.2 - 3.6) = 2.6 ounces.
Water to leave in is 20/80 X dry weight = .65 ounces.
Water to remove is total water - water left in (3.6 - .65) = 3 ounces.
Assume vegetable is 90 percent water and final product will be 20 percent water.

Let the cake cool and firm for several minutes.

Spread the puree on the cucumber ring.

If desired, warm 30 seconds in a microwave oven just before serving.

Has enough fiber, protein and calories for an entire light meal. For a large meal also serve a cookie and a drink such as tomato juice to fill the stomach and fill pleasantly fully and satiated.

Mild tangy/blueberry flavor in the topping and some chewiness from the biscuit.

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seek out the unusual Getting maximum enjoyment when eating is like seeing what is behind a wall made of many bricks. There's the 'same-old, same-ol' bricks, the 'it's too unhealthy' bricks, the 'too expensive' bricks, the 'it's too much trouble/time' bricks, and the 'I can't eat that and enjoy it' bricks. Find a place where the wall is low, look over the wall, reach out, grab what you can to get inspiration to go where the wall is lower and reach out again. Grab some more. Tear down some of the wall to make places you can step across once in a while. The wall will always be there, some of the bricks are heavy and some bricks that you move get put back in place. But the challenge of getting across that wall can be fun. And the effort adds to the enjoyment of what is on the other side.