I hear you... because i am not that punctual with the soaking either! Not that it is alot of work, but too much planning involved hehe There was once in the morning where i thought of soaking them but all other times, i simply follow the directions on the package but ignoring all soaking related instructions (not even rinsing them!) And they tasted the same as when i soaked them! (I dont really know what the soaking does.)
To be more specific, i usually put a cup of dry beans in water. I use a small / medium sized pot and fill it up with water 2/3 to 3/4 of the pot. (beans will expand so play it by ear. enough water for beans to absorb but not too much that things will overflow, kinda like pasta). I bring water to a boil and then i simply let them simmer, covered for about an hour to an hour and a half. (Too long does make them mushy tho, hour is usually good). So usually a cup dried will be more once cooked and it will last me for about a week. And plus once cooked, its quicker to intergrate them in what ever your making because an hour is still a bit long.
Hope that helps :)
When i make chick peas for the week, i make hummous with a small portion! Its quick and fun... I actually made hummous with my red kidney beans and it tastes awesome lol but i havent found a good hummus recipe yet. My chick pea hummus tastes kinda bland... ideas?
I also made an awesome vegan chili the other day. I like making alot so on days when i am busy, i can still eat my super nutritious food without all the work.
And go Ashlee!! Keep it up! I like podcasts, so i may end up checking your woman out! :)
Soaking your beans helps rinse away the stuff that makes you gassy. I like to soak mine over night then just stick them in the crock pot on high for 6 hours. You don't even have to watch them or worry about them!!
As for hummus.... I make mine with tahini, roasted garlic, cumin, lemon juice and pepper. Sometimes I add some water to thin it out. You can even add roasted red peppers, or artichokes.