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Beet top/chestnut biscuit:
3 ounces fresh beet leafs
3 tablespoons (1 ounce) chestnut flour plus 2 teaspoons (.33 ounce)
    canola oil
  or 2 tablespoons unroasted California walnut butter
  or 2 tablespoons unroasted sunflower seed butter 
3 tablespoons (1.2 ounces) bean flour
1 tablespoon (.5 ounce) sugar
1 tablespoon (.2 ounce) apple fiber powder
  or 1 teaspoon whole apple powder
1 tablespoon (.3 ounce) whole wheat flour
  or any other grain flour 
1 pinch salt
If using mature leafs, cut out and discard central leaf stems.

Cut 3 ounces leafs into 1 inch or smaller pieces.

Put the greens into a blender.

Add 1 and 1 half cups water.

Run until coarsely chopped, about 5 seconds after full flow begins.

Put the greens puree into a deep bowl with sides 3 or 4 inches above the level of the puree.

Heat in a 1000 watt microwave oven for 4 minutes 30 seconds, watch for boil over last 60 seconds.

Use a fine strainer to drain away the water, 14 wires per inch is minimum. Use a a bowl the same size and shape as the strainer to press most of the water out of the greens.

Or put the puree onto a coffee filter.

Allow to drain.

Gently squeeze out most of the water.

Put the greens slaw into a mixing and/or portion bowl.

Yield is about 1/4 cup.

Add to the greens: 3 tablespoons bean flour, 3 tablespoons chestnut flour, 1 tablespoon whole wheat flour, 1 tablespoon sugar, 1 teaspoon apple powder, 1 tablespoon water, and 1 pinch salt.


Put equal quantities into each of 2 three-inch microwaveable bowls.

Put the bowls into a microwave oven, arranging the bowls in a circle, evenly spaced with at least 2 inches between bowls.

Heat until firm, 2 minutes 45 seconds in a 1000 watt microwave oven, 4 minutes 35 seconds in a 600 watt microwave oven.

To heat to boiling: 5 ounces X 20 seconds per ounce = 100 seconds.
Plus 5 seconds for oven to begin heating.
Dry weight is total weight minus total water (5 - 2.1) = 2.9 ounces.
Water to leave in is 20/80 times dry weight (20/80 X 2.9) = .7 ounce.
Water to remove is total water minus water left in (2.1 - .7) = 1.4 ounce.
Plus to remove excess water: 46 seconds per ounce X 1.4 ounces = 64 seconds.
Plus to replace heat lost to air: 10 seconds per minute (10 X 64/60) = 11 seconds plus 10 X 11/60 = 1 for a total of 12 seconds.
(assumes slaw is 80 percent water, final product is 20 percent water)

Makes about 1 half to 2 thirds of a light meal meal or 1 third to 1 half of a full meal. Could serve with fruit or Lettuce grain and/or Kafia.

Serving with a a food rich in vitamin C may boost absorption of calcium, iron, and zinc from the beet tops and grain.

Prominent chestnut flavor, mildly sweet, very slightly bitter from the beet tops, very slightly tangy from the apple, and a little pleasant starchiness from the chestnut and grain flours, soft but firm and slightly chewy.

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