If quinoa is not pre-soaked and rinsed, it is essential to wash quinoa well under running water to remove antinutritents--saponins (see Demystifying Quinoa
for more information.) If not washed off, saponins can cause stomach ache.
*if you are not going to add cooked quinoa to something sweet, using homemade vegetable broth
lends a mild flavor to the otherwise slightly blend flavor of quinoa.
**I often don't add salt as I also use quinoa in making desserts and morning porridge. But if I pre-decide that quinoa is going to be exclusively used in savory recipes, I add 1/4 tsp salt per cup of dry quinoa.
Note: 1 cup quinoa yields about 3 (packed) cups of cooked quinoa and has 4 servings.