I am a university student who has gotten into the bad habit of living off of Tim Hortons and other fast food - but this past weekend my parents came up to see me and brought a bunch of groceries. Among these were several tins of chick peas, black beans, and a big pack of quinoa. I know these are all affordable and very nutritious, but I just don't know what to do with them! I am trying to transition to homemade foods that are made from cheap, healthy ingredients (rice, quinoa, beans, chick peas, etc...) but I just don't know what to do - my cooking experience is limited to frying rice and eggs.
I tried google searches but I find them not very helpful. Instead of just copying exact recipes I prefer to get an understanding of each ingredient so I can come up with my own stuff. If any of the experts here have advice on how these can be incorporated into my diet I would love to know. Based on how cheap and nutritious these things are I could probably make a big batch of something tasty that could last a week for very little.