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 (or for a couple of hours in the morning) and then need around 1 1/2 - 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. with my beans in the freezer, i feel like i have convenience food at home (no drive-thru necessary)! 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. they can even be cooked in the same pot.
go get yourself some love...from yourself! :)