If you're eating room-temperature popcorn out of a bag, that reduces the joy of eating popcorn by approximately 95%, according to an unofficial study we just made up. Hot popcorn straight out of the microwave smells delicious and tastes even better.
Everywhere from Whole Foods to your local supermarket has pre-cooked rice in microwave-safe pouches, and because many types of rice take upwards of 20+ minutes to cook, heating up ready-to-go rice in the microwave is a convenient and just-as-appetizing alternative. Uncle Ben approves, too.
As long as you poke holes in the potato so it doesn't explode while it's heating up, it only takes about six minutes to turn this root veggie into a nutrient-rich part of dinner... provided you don't cover it with marshmallows or anything delicious.
Sign up here for our daily Thrillist email, and get your fix of the best in food/drink/fun.