Heat a medium saute pan over medium-low heat and add pine nuts. Watch carefully, tossing periodically, until they begin to brown a bit. Remove pine nuts to a small bowl and set aside.
Return pan to medium heat and add a tablespoon or two of avocado oil. Add the mined shallot and saute until softened and beginning to brown, about 5 minutes. Add dried quinoa and saute for another 3-5 minutes. Add garlic and saute for 30 seconds, until fragrant.
Add water and bring to a boil. Cover and let simmer for 20 minutes, until water is absorbed and quinoa is tender. Fluff quinoa. Add toasted pine nuts and salt and pepper, to taste.