I make a pot of beans from dried every day, for myself and the dogs. I usually use the quick cooking ones: lentils, split peas, blackeyes, mungs. I soak overnight, change the water, and boil for 20 minutes or so. If it's a longer cooking variety like black, kidney, or garbanzo, it might take an hour more.
I usually eat them the same way: olive oil, red wine vinegar, Italian parsley, salt, pepper, onion. Sometimes mint and garlic, sometimes walnuts. I put them in my salads, too. They are also good with corn and bell peppers.