I toast it in just the teeniest bit of oil for a few seconds. Not sure if that can really be called 'toasting' but that's what I do.
I use the pre-rinsed, but if you can't get that over on your side of the pond, it needs to be rinsed several times. As with CWS, I like the tri-colored as well.
45 minutes IS excessive. I use a cup of quinoa to 2 cups of water (or chicken or veggie broth mostly), bring it to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer for another 10 minutes. By the time it's off the heat for a few and drained, it's a nice consistency without being mushy.
It seems as though the link I posted for the "zesty quinoa salad" on the previous page isn't working....at least it wasn't for me when I last checked it. Does anyone else have that problem, or is it just my computer?
If so, I'll repost it.
Anyway, here's a pic from a couple of days ago. I could eat bowls of this at a time.
I added chopped red and green bell peppers, and a bit of chopped jalapenos, just 'cause I had them and it sounded better. :-)