Alkaline Stuffed Tomatoes
This dish can be very quick to do especially if you have already cooked your choice of healthy slightly alkaline grains (seeds actually) like buckwheat, quinoa (very yummy, especially if you a big fan of this ancient grain), millet or amaranth. But I really like buckwheat groats! You can use your favorite spices as well. Zip is one of my favorite!
It’s a great way to use your leftover already cooked grains. It could be served as an appetizer, your side dish, or just a snack. Why not take it to the party?
Tip: you can buy already cooked grain. Health food stores offer now this option like this one on the pic. Costco offers now 6 bags at once for a pretty nice price. Just make sure to check the ingredient list for the bad stuff content like preservatives, additives, colors etc.
Acid-Alkaline Content of this dish: buckwheat is slightly alkaline (about 70%). Other ingredients are alkaline (30%). It makes it balanced in terms of acid-alkaline content. Anyway it’s better to eat it with a nice grapefruit salad or other alkaline dish. Most of the stuffed tomatoes recipes are 100% cooked (they are backed in oven, often with cheese). We use raw tomatoes here which makes this dish even more alkaline.
Total Time: 25 minutes (includes approx. 15 minutes of cooking time)
- ½ cup buckwheat grouts
- 1 - ½ avocado
- 6 – 10 medium tomatoes (you can use any tomatoes you like, heirlooms are awesome!)
- Extra virgin olive oil
- Juice of ½ Lemon/lime juice (I like more mild taste of lemon in this dish)
- Sea Salt and black pepper to taste
- Zip from Spice Hunter (or your choice of spices)
- Any herbs/greens to garnish: parsley, cilantro, dill etc. (cilantro or parsley are my favorite here)
Optional ingridients: Pine nuts (very nice addition to add to your recipe), some steamed veggies(I love to add sometimes broccoli leftover, I chop finely). You can simmer some garlic and onions to add to the stuffing.
How to prepare buckwheat/quinoa? The best (and alkalarian way) is to steam it. It will stay more alkaline and keep more nutrients. Cooking process makes alkaline food less alkaline or even acidic. Anyway, before I steam or cook these beautiful grain I like to soak them overnight (they will become more nutritious and cook faster). Then rinse.
If you cook them the proportion is very simple: 1 cup whole raw buckwheat groats/quinoa and 2 cups water. Bring to a boil and keep it on as low as possible heat up to 15 minutes. Simmer until water is absorbed, buckwheat up to 15 and quinoa up to15 to 20 minutes. Also I like to let stand 5 minutes after cooking. If you steam it takes longer time, about 25-30 minutes for buckwheat and more then 30 for quinoa. For this recipe I use ½ cup of the grains.
Then add lemon juice, sea salt and your choice of healthy oils like olive oil, avocado oil, flaxseed oil, hempseed oil etc. (make sure they are extra virgin and organic is the best choice)***. Then mix very well. Cut avocado in small cubes. Add to your buckwheat (you can add ½ or the whole avocado – your preference). Slightly mix.
Time to prepare your tomatoes! Slice the tops off your tomatoes and take out the pulp. You can cut and add some pulp to your stuffing (but not to much because the mixture will have to much liquid)
Stuff your tomatoes. Garnish with fresh herbs.
As an option you can warm up a little bit this beautiful tomatoes in an oven.
*Sometimes I use toasted oils like toasted sesame oil or sunflower oil. They are very flavorful that’s why I don’t need them much and use them in combination with extra virgin types of oils (olive oil is perfect).