Rice, Gravy and Vegetables Dinner

I figured it was probably time to introduce a food to everyone that doesn’t mainly consist of some sort of sugar.  So when Effortless Styles posted an Effortless White Rice Recipe, I knew it was time to take this whole no oven or stove business to a whole new level.

If you’re a lover of rice, gravy, peppers, or onions this dinner recipe will be for you.  The best part about it is you can make it all using only a couple of bowls, a plate, a microwave, and a quick trip to Outtakes.

At Outtakes you’ll need to buy a box of instant rice, a jar of gravy, a green pepper, and an onion.  All of this will cost you about a meal and a half to two meals (and it will last you for about 4 or 5 servings of this recipe). Then, grab some vegetable oil, a plate, bowl, and knife from your CC desk.


First, chop about an eighth of an onion into medium sized bits.

Chopped OnionsPpour about a tablespoon of vegetable oil into a small microwavable bowl.  Add the chopped onion to the bowl and mix so that olive oil if lightly covering each onion bit.  Sprinkle with a dash of salt.

Cook OnionsMicrowave the onions for 1 minute on high or until the onions are translucent.  Pour 1/2 cup of water on top of the onions.  Add 1/2 cup of instant rice to the onion and water mix. Place the bowl in the microwave and cook for 3 minutes.  Then, let it sit for 5 minutes to absorb the water.

Rice in a Bowl

While waiting for the rice to absorb the water, chop 1/8 of a green pepper into small bits.  Again pour about a tablespoon of vegetable oil in a bowl.  Add the chopped green pepper into the bowl and mix so that there is a thin coat of vegetable oil over the pepper.  Add a pinch of salt and pepper.  Microwave the bowl for 1 minute.

Green PeppersPlace your rice and onions onto a plate.

Onion with RIcePour your green peppers on top of the rice.

Pepper and RicePour about a 1/4 of the can of gravy (more if you’re like me and could eat gravy by the liter) into a microwave-safe bowl and microwave for 1.5 minutes.  Pour over top of the rice and viola! You have a home cooked meal in your dorm.

Gravy and Rice


  • 1/2 cup of instant rice
  • 1/4 can of gravy (any type)
  • 1/8 chopped green pepper
  • 1/8 chopped onion (red or yellow)
  • Salt and Pepper
  • 2 tablespoons of Olive Oil
  • 1/2 cup water


  • Combine onion and 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a bowl.  Add a pinch of salt on top.
  • Microwave the onions on high for 1 minute.
  • Add water and rice into the onion bowl and microwave for 3 minutes.  Let the rice sit for 5 minutes.
  • Combine peppers, 1 tablespoon of olive oil, and a pinch of salt and pepper into another bowl and microwave for 1 minute.
  • Pour your rice onto a plate.
  • Pour your peppers on top of the rice.
  • Microwave the gravy for 1.5 minutes on high in a separate bowl.
  • Pour over your rice, onions, and peppers.
  • Serve and enjoy!

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