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Broccoli chestnut biscuit and Apple carrot pate:
Broccoli chestnut biscuit:
3 ounces fresh broccoli
  or 3 ounces asparagus
2 tablespoons pea flour
  or any other beans flour such as black bean flour, 
  kidney bean flour, lentil flour, garbanzo bean powder
2 tablespoons chestnut flour
1 tablespoon flax
1 tablespoon canola oil
1 pinch salt
2 tablespoons whole corn flour
2 teaspoons sugar

Apple carrot pate:
2 tablespoons 30 percent oil non roasted sunflower seed butter
  or 2 tablespoons any other raw or roasted nut or seed butter 
    such as tahini, walnut butter, almond butter, roasted 
    sunflower seed butter, or 2 extra tablespoons whole wheat flour plus 
    2 extra teaspoons canola oil
1 teaspoon carrot powder
2 teaspoons sugar
2 teaspoons canola oil
1 pinch salt
2 tablespoons apple fiber powder
  or 1 tablespoon whole apple powder
  or 1/4 t orange juice concentrate and 1 tablespoon oat flour
    plus 1 teaspoon sugar
Chop 3 ounces broccoli into 1/4 inch pieces.

In a single serving personal blender/smoothie maker put broccoli and 1/4 cup water. Run until desired smoothness is achieved, perhaps 3 minutes.

Into a mixing bowl put the broccoli slurry, 2 tablespoons chestnut flour, 2 tablespoons pea flour, 2 tablespoons whole corn flour, 1 tablespoon oil, 1 tablespoon flax, 2 teaspoons sugar, and 1 pinch salt.

Mix.

Spoon the mixture onto a portion plate. Form into a donut shape by making a 3 inch diameter hole at the center to encourage even heating.

Heat 6 minute 20 seconds on full power in a 1000 watt microwave oven, 10 minutes 30 seconds in a 600 watt microwave oven.
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math:
Add 5 seconds for oven to begin heating.
Add 15 seconds to heat plate.
To heat to boiling: 7.64 ounces X 20 seconds per ounce = 153 seconds.
Dry weight is total weight minus total water (7.64 - 4.4) = 3.2 ounces.
Water to leave in is 20/80 times dry weight (20/80 X 3.2) = .8 ounces.
Water to remove is total water minus water left in (4.4 - .8) = 3.6 ounces.
Plus to remove excess water: 46 seconds per ounce X 3.6 ounces = 166 seconds.
Plus to replace heat lost to air: 12 seconds per minute X 166/60 = 33 seconds plus 33/60 X 12 = 7 for a total of 40 seconds.
(assume vegetable is 80 percent water, -----------------------------
Let the cake cool and firm for 4 or 5 minutes.

Put into a microwaveable mixing and/or portion bowl put:
 
  1 teaspoon carrot powder (if the carrot has any lumps, mash with a spoon),
  1 tablespoon apple powder,
  1/8 cup roasted sunflower seed butter, (non roasted this trial)
  2 teaspoons oil, 1 teaspoon sugar (use 2 
    teaspoons if apple is low sweetness), and 1 pinch salt
  If the apple is exceptionally sweet and mild use 1/2 teaspoon sugar.
  If the apple is exceptionally tart and acid use 1 teaspoon extra sugar.
  1 teaspoon water


Mix.

Heat, covered, the apple/carrot pate until boiling hot, about 50 seconds Int a 1000 watt microwave oven.
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math:
Add 5 seconds for oven to begin heating.
Add 10 seconds to heat container.
To heat to boiling: 1 and 5 sixths ounce X 20 seconds per ounce = 36 seconds.
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Cut the cake away from the plate with a knife or spatula so it will be easier to eat.

Warm the cake in microwave oven if desired, about 20 seconds.

Biscuit: Definite broccoli and chestnut flavors, pleasantly slightly: sweet, oily, starchy.
Carrot/apple patte: good as a dessert, plenty sweet and satisfying, non roasted.
 


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