I was talking with a friend in New York and she was telling me how she cooks quinoa in water for only five minutes, sautes some vegetables, adds spice and black beans and combines the ingredients with the quinoa.

I had just a small amount of red quinoa left in a bag, so I decided to try and make a quick side dish.

1 cup quinoa
2 cups water
1/3 cup chopped celery
1/4 cup roasted red pepper, chopped
1/4 teaspoon turmeric
1/8 teaspoon cumin
1/8 teaspoon salt

Boil the water and add the quinoa and celery. I cooked it for longer than 5 minutes, more like 7 or 8. Cook until the water is absorbed and the grains seems softened. Add in the red pepper, salt, turmeric and cumin. Heat a minute on the stove and serve.

You can use any vegetables and any spices — whatever goes with your main dish.