it is not at all difficult to rehydrate these tasty sources of protein, but it does take a little time. beans + chickpeas are best soaked overnight and then need around 2 hours to simmer. they do not need to be stirred, so it is mostly hands off time when i just need to be home to make sure no accidents happen. (they could probably be made in a crock-pot...and certainly in a pressure cooker, but i don't have either one of those.)
i've been doing this for a few years now, and it really is not a burden at all. i'm not always so great at thinking about a lot of things all at once, so i need to write down when to make them. that is the key for me. planning really is key to moving toward zero-waste and also healthy eating…otherwise i can end up in a drive-thru more than i care to…feeling frustrated. with my beans in the freezer, i feel like i've got convenience food at home! i cannot tell you how many times i think to myself, "i love me right now!" as i pull them out of the freezer! :)
when short on time dried black-eyed peas and lentils are great, because they cook up in about the time it takes to cook rice.
go get yourself some love, from yourself!