The Clean Plates Special: Quinoa with Chef Ray Garcia

The Santa Monica restaurateur gives this ancient grain a new twist

Quinoa recipe from FIG Restaurant
Dig into this quinoa recipe from FIG Restaurant's Chef Ray Garcia. (Image courtesy of FIG Restaurant)

Welcome to the first installment of a new series, The Clean Plates Special, written exclusively for Martha Stewart’s Whole Living online. This week features quinoa, the only grain that has all eight amino acids needed to form a complete protein. This ancient grain was worshipped by the Incas, and quite possibly by Chef Ray Garcia of FIG restaurant in Santa Monica, too. His quarterly Farm Dinners, a four-course prix fixe dinner sourced entirely from one local farm, are a hot reservation to score in Los Angeles.

Fortunately, his quinoa is available every night. We asked him to dish with us about his favorite healthy ingredient.

Want more? Read the entire interview and get the recipe for FIG’s Signature Quinoa Salad with Orange Blossom Vinaigrette by clicking here.

Image courtesy of FIG Restaurant.