Alkaline Diet Recipe #45: Quinoa With Tomatoes, Basil & Lentils

quinoa basil alkaline recipe

This week, the beautifully named ‘colon week’ I’m bringing you a high-fibre recipe to help cleanse your body – but it is also a delicious, delicious meal! Plus, as ever (due to the fact that I make it myself) it is really simple and quick – just the way I like my recipes to be!

Quinoa with Tomatoes, Basil and Lentils

Serves 4


  • 350ml of fresh vegetable juice (tomato, cucumber, spinach etc – OR you can use V8 or a shop bought veggie juice in this instance)
  • 350ml of alkaline/filtered water
  • 3 cloves of garlic finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon of olive/avocado oil or Udo’s Choice
  • 220g of lentils (tinned or prepared yourself from dried)
  • 3 large tomatoes
  • A big handful of basil leaves, torn or chopped
  • 200g of uncooked quinoa
  • A pinch of Himalayan salt (or sea salt)
  • A pinch of freshly ground black pepper


This is really easy. Firstly steam fry the garlic in a little water until it is softened, just a minute will do. Then stir in the veggie juice, lentils, water, salt and pepper. Bring this to a simmer to cook the lentils through. Remove from the heat.

Now you can simply chuck in the lentils, tomatoes and basil – cover it up and let it simmer for ten mins until the quinoa is cooked through.

Lastly, remove the cover and fluff up the quinoa with a fork and you’re ready to go!

Works awesomely as a side or as a main with a large salad.

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  2. Donna Reply

    Sorry to say, but lentils are an acid forming food, not an alkaline-forming one. Thought you might want to check it out as some people who read this might not have been doing the acid/alkaline balancing kind of a diet long enough to know, and will simply take it as a great recipe.

    • Ross Reply

      Hi Donna

      According to Robert Young, who is the world’s leading researcher on the alkaline diet, lentils are mildly alkaline forming. I’m happy with that.


      • Ross Reply

        Hey Forest & Katherine

        Sorry it takes me ages to write up and get the newsletter and everything ready as it is – you’ll have to do the conversion yourself for now!


      • Diana Reply

        I’d be inclined to believe Ross on this one Donna. I’m no expert, but I’ve been doing a little of my own experimentation with lentils in my diet and I find I don’t get the same kind of reactions to lentils as I do to acid forming foods. I’ve also found the lentils listed on acid foods lists AND alkaline foods lists. High acid forming foods tend to spike my sugar levels (I’m diabetic) whereas lentils don’t.
        Maybe the difference in how it affects the body’s ph is in how it is prepared? Or maybe it depends on where your body ph is at in the first place?

  3. katharine Reply

    i second the US measurement request!

    pretty pretty pleeeeeaase? <3

  4. Forest Reply

    Hi Ross,

    Love your website, and I look forward to trying this recipe. Would you consider adding U.S. measurement equivalents? (Sure I should know them…but hey…)

    Thanks for considering!