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Squash chestnut biscuits:
5 ounces acorn, peel removed
  or 5 ounces butternut, peel included
2 tablespoons (.6 ounce) chestnut flour plus 2 teaspoons (.3 ounce) oil (this trial) 
  or 2 tablespoons 30 percent added oil non roasted sunflower seed butter
  or 2 tablespoons non roasted tahini 
1 teaspoon (.15 ounce) sugar
1 pinch salt
Chop 5 ounces squash into 3/8 inch pieces and put it into a two cup high speed processor.

Run until a fine slaw is produced.

Put the slaw into a mixing bowl and add 1 teaspoon sugar, 1 pinch salt, 2 tablespoons chestnut flour, 2 teaspoons oil, and 1 tablespoon water.

Mix.

Divide the mixture evenly in 2 three-inch diameter microwaveable bowls.

Push the mixture down to eliminate air pockets. Make each cake half thickness at the center to encourage even heating.

Place the 2 bowls at least 2 inches apart in a microwave oven.

Heat for 7 minutes and 10 seconds on full power (in a 1000 watt microwave), or until very firm.
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Math:
Add 5 seconds for oven to begin heating.
Plus 20 seconds to heat dishes.
To raise temperature to boiling: 20 seconds per ounce X 6.45 ounce = 129 seconds.
Dry weight is total weight minus water (6.45 - 5) = 1.45 ounces.
Water to leave in is 20/80 X dry weight (10/80 X 1.45) = .18 ounce.
Water to remove is total water minus water left in (5 - .18) = 4.8 ounces.
To evaporate excess water: 46 seconds per ounce X 4.8 ounces = 221 seconds.
To replace heat lost to air during evaporation: 221/60 minutes X 12 seconds per minute = 44 seconds plus 44/60 X 12 = 9 for a total of 53 seconds.
Assumes vegetable is 80 percent water.
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Let the cakes cool and firm for several minutes. If the cakes are not as firm as a typical baked biscuit, heat 40 to 50 seconds more in microwave oven.

Has enough fiber for a light meal.

Robust squash flavor, slightly sweet, a bit pleasantly starchy/oily, mostly soft, a little chewy.

Could serve with food that is some combination of grain, seed, and bean to add protein and calories. Possible side dishes are trail mix, granola, lightly roasted peanuts, and a handful of cashews. For a large meal, maybe include 1 or 2 ounces meat and a piece of fruit.

A vitamin C rich fruit or vegetable will aid in the absorption of calcium and iron from the grain. Include a glass of water or a drink such as tomato juice and salt to fill the stomach and fill pleasantly fully and satiated.
 


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