Mac & cheese
Do you have six minutes to spare, plus milk, butter, cheese, macaroni, and mustard? Then you have homemade mac & cheese in a mug. It's super easy to make, and might make you wonder why you ever ate the stuff out of a box, or messed with your stove.
Let's just say we've done our research. The crust will be crispier if you throw a Pocket in the oven, but this food is as much about convenience as it is flavor. Waiting an extra 27 minutes more than you have to will leave a bad taste in your mouth.
Leftover Chinese takeout
Chinese takeout undoubtedly improves after sitting in a fridge overnight. And the microwave is a perfect way to heat it up -- noodles and meat or seafood that've already been cooked-through taste good enough coming out of the rectangle with the electromagnetic waves. Pro tip: make sure you don't microwave the carton.
Ten seconds of marinara in a microwave-safe dish with a paper towel on top, and you've got pasta sauce that's not lukewarm from an unopened jar in the cabinet, or cold if you took it out of the fridge. And it sure is easier than stirring -- that most soul-sucking of kitchen tasks -- it in a pot for five minutes while it heats up.