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!

Cookie Dough Bites

  Cookie Dough Bites

With the weather getting warm we all just want to take off our shoes, hats, maybe even pants and go running through Towson’s beach with our hair flapping through the air as that kid in your psych class judges you for being such a…free spirit.  No need to fear, after this moment of spring fever you can go back to your room and treat yourself to some delicious cookie dough bites with a cold glass of milk (or almond milk if you’re like me) courtesy of a recipe posted by She Knows Food & Recipes last week.  I tailored the recipe so that you’ll have all the ingredients within walking distance (hey walking burns a lot of calories) and so you’ll be able to make this sweet little treat for you and all your friends right within your room.

All the ingredients needed for homemade no-bake cookie dough bites.

This recipe needs some granulated sugar (that’s baker code for regular sugar), flour, light brown sugar, vanilla extract, salt, butter, and some chocolate chips.  You’ll need to buy the chocolate chips, light brown sugar, butter and salt but luckily for you, you wonderful Towson student Outtakes in West Village sells all of that.  As for the sugar, vanilla, flour, bowl and spoon all you need to do is walk (or take the elevator if you’re lazy like me) to the lobby of your dorm and ask the nice CC worker (that person you awkwardly say thank you to for showing your onecard to them) if you can borrow them.  I bet you never knew they had that kind of stuff there didn’t ya!

Sugar Mixing

Now, take half a cup of sugar and a half cup of packed light brown sugar and mix them all up.

Slightly melt one stick of butter in your microwave.  Once it’s a mushy, plop it into the bowl and mix it up with the sugar until the batter looks like smooth and creamy (aka like a really mushy cookie without the chips)

Add half a cup of chocolate chips, a teaspoon of vanilla extract, a fourth of a teaspoon of salt and 3/4ths cup of flour to the batter (the original recipe said 1 cup of flour but that’ll dry out your bites and no one wants cookie dough that’s not gooey).  Mix all of this up and you’ll finally start to see your final product.

Roll Up

Once you’ve completely mixed the batter evenly, wash your hands (please), then shove them into your bowl and form the cookie dough into balls using your hands.  You’ll have enough batter to make 20 large cookie dough bites.  Place them on whatever kind of plate or tray you have and boom, chocolatey, gooey goodness is all yours.  Once you open your door I guarantee you you’ll make 20 new friends in your building with these bad boys.

On the off chance that you don’t finish all of the balls, stick the cookie dough bites in your microfridge and pop them out whenever you have a sweet craving.



  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 stick of butter
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips


  1. Combine sugars and butter until batter is creamy.
  2. Combine batter and the remaining ingredients
  3. Roll dough into large balls using your hand
  4. Eat and enjoy the cookie dough bites