"What's everyone's favorite "instant" meal recipe?"
For simplicity and speed, you can't beat dehydrated soups like split pea, black bean, corn chowder, etc. If you live near a Whole Foods, or local open bin coop you can usually find a selection. Whole Foods is the only place I have found corn chowder, which is my personal favorite. Heat water, pour over soup and stir, add goodies like cheese, dried garlic, olive oil, jerky, etc, cover, wait 5 minutes, and eat. Easy clean up, too.