2 cups of water or liquid of choice (chicken or vegetable broth if you are doing quinoa as the main dish, and water, rice or almond milk if you are cooking it for breakfast)
salt, pepper and 1-2 cloves of garlic (if it’s the main dish)
1 tsp cinnamon and 1 tsp vainilla extract is you are using it for breakfast.
Soak quinoa in water overnight
Rinse it well.When found in nature, quinoa has a coating of bitter-tasting saponins. These occur naturally in the quinoa to prevent insects from eating the plant. When rinsing it use a fine-mesh sieve and run it under cold water for a few seconds. Shake off any excess water and you are ready to proceed with cooking.
Cook quinoa. To cook quinoa, you simply stir it into your liquid of choice (water, chicken chicken or vegetable bloth, rice or almond milk if you are cooking it for breakfast) cover and simmer over low heat until done. The ratio is 2 cups of liquid to 1 cup of quinoa. Water is the easiest, cheapest and healthiest choice as it’s lowest in sodium.
Watch the time. Quinoa cooks in about 15 minutes or less. Bring the cooking liquid to a boil, stir in the quinoa, then turn down the heat to low, cover and simmer gently, until all of the liquid is absorbed, about 15 minutes. You will know when the quinoa is done because it will look like it has popped open, revealing the germ of the kernel.