1. Rinse the quinoa very well under running water for at least a minute.
2. Heat the two tablespoons of oil in a pot and add the quinoa. Stir for a minute to toast the quinoa slightly.
3. Add the stock, or if you are using water, add the water and season it with salt and pepper. Bring to a boil and then lower to a simmer and simmer the quinoa for about 15 minutes until all the water is absorbed.
4. Once the water is absorbed, close the flame and leave the pot covered to let the quinoa steam. Uncover after five minutes, fluff the quinoa with a fork, and let it cool.