For this recipe soak the quinoa 20 minutes in hot salted water . This helps the quinoa to expand and cook evenly . Next squeese the quinoa of all water and set aside .Meanwhile prepare your vegetables , I chopped some red peppers , celery and leek to be used at the end of the cooking .
In olive oil lightly cook without browning minced garlic and freshly ground black pepper . Then add and saute the quinoa for 3-4 minutes and slowly start adding hot water to it , adding more as it absorbs what you fed it .When the seed is almost done and there is no water left , stir in the chopped vegetables , cover and after a minute on low heat turn the heat off leaving the wok covered . When ready to serve , adjust flavors , fluff the quinoa with a fork ,the grains shouldnt be lumpy or sticky . Substitute the water with stock , add some white wine - the possibilities are endless and delicious .