Each of these super-quick recipes is prepped, waved, and on the table in about 30 minutes. Of course, because the power levels of microwave ovens vary so much, these done times are approximate.

1.) Potato Chips

Ready in 35 Minutes
The cooking time is only about 5 minutes. But you will need to slice all those taters. If you have a mandoline buried somewhere in a drawer, pull it out; this recipe was made for it.

Photo by Tricia Winterle Jaeger

2.) Sesame Udon Noodles

Ready in 23 Minutes
This is a great way to extend leftover chicken, pork, beef, or tofu.

Photo by Meredith

3.) Cauliflower with Dijon Sauce

Ready in 30 Minutes
You can save additional time by cooking the cauliflower whole or splitting it in half. Just cut out the core, and you're good to go.

Photo by Molly

4.) Mom's Goulash in the Microwave

Ready in 35 minutes
Incidentally, this is not how the recipe submitter's mom actually cooked goulash. "There were no microwaves when my mom made this." It's goulash for the modern age.

Photo by Meredith

5.) Microwave Baked Apples

Ready in 11 Minutes
Wow. Meet the perfect companion for vanilla ice cream or oatmeal. If you like, add some walnuts, raisins, or dried cranberries.

Photo by Holiday Baker

6.) Omelet in a Mug

Ready in 17 Minutes
It's faster to make this than to work your way through the drive-thru for an Egg McMuffin.

Photo by lutzflcat

7.) Minute Chocolate Mug Cake

Ready in 17 Minutes
So we can have warm, moist chocolate cake in less than 20 minutes? Sounds dangerous.

Photo by Chef John

8.) Microwave Macaroni and Cheese

Ready in 25 Minutes
Creamy, cheesy, mac-and-cheese in an instant. #Victory. And if you like that, try Asparagus Lasagna.

Photo by naples34102

9.) Loga's Microwave Chicken

A quick curried chicken legs recipe from Ceylon, adapted for the wave.

Photo by Scotdog

10.) Buttery Lemon Spinach

Ready in 7 Minutes
Keep bags of pre-washed fresh spinach in the fridge, and a super-quick, healthy side is always within reach.

Photo by Dianne

11.) Ranch Chicken Tacos

Ready in 25 Minutes
This is the recipe for leftover roasted or store-bought rotisserie chicken.

Photo by Deb C

12.) Romano Chicken

Ready in 20 Minutes
Chicken breasts rolled up with ham and Swiss cheese and coated with Parmesan and seasonings.

Photo by mkstevens09


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