Quinoa is a great side dish because it is a complete protein. I use it interchangeably with rice.
1 cup quinoa, rinsed (this removes the bitter taste on the grain)
1/2 tsp chicken bouillon
1/4 tsp turmeric
1/4 tsp gr. cumin
1/2 tsp yellow curry powder
1/4 tsp garlic salt
Bring 2 cups water to a boil in a medium saucepan. Add all ingredients listed. Reduce to low, and simmer for 15 minutes. After 15 minutes, check quinoa and fluff up a bit and then cover and cook for another 3-5 minutes, checking occasionally so the bottom doesn't stick (which it tends to do). If you have a rice cooker you can probably just throw it all in there and cook it just like rice.