*You can purchase puffed quinoa, but if you prefer to make your own, this is what I typically do: Heat a large stock pot over medium heat. Once the pot is hot, pour a small amount of pre-rinsed and dried quinoa over the bottom of the pan. Gently move the pan so that the quinoa swirls around as it pops (this helps prevent burning). Once all the quinoa has popped (a minute or two), pour it into a bowl and repeat until you have 1 ½ cups. You'll notice that the quinoa has a very quiet crackle rather than a popcorn-like "pop" and its popped state is only the tiniest bit larger than its unpopped state.