Rinse the quinoa in water in 5-15 minutes until the water is no longer opaque. Let drain.
Bring the quinoa to fry in high heat in 2-3 minutes, then add in 1/2 tablespoon of olive oil and let sit in 2 more minutes. You can have some extra condiments such as turmeric powder for eye-catching color and appetizing fragrant.
Bring the fried quinoa and water to a boil in a saucepan and start cooking in high heat. 3 minutes after that, start stirring and adding in pepper and salt at the same time.
When it reaches the boiling point, get a lid to cover and reduce the heat to medium level. Let the quinoa steam for another 15 minutes.
Open the lid and stir it all over one last time. Shut down your stove and remove the saucepan from heat.
Put on the lid again and let sit for the last 5 minutes before bring to serve.
Serve your quinoa versatilely. Sprinkle some pepper flakes, sliced olives or fresh chopped herbs will also help brighten the whole thing up. If you still find it a bit flat in taste, then some additional drops of soy sauce going in can always stimulate your appetite big time.