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!

Banana Cream Cheesecake

Now that it’s starting to get semi-warm out in Towson, we’re all starting to venture out of our rooms now.  And if you’re anything like me, for some reason that means you eat at the dining halls three times as much as you do during the winter.  I thought why not then do a recipe that would allow you all to squeeze our meal plan for all it’s worth.

Did you know that it is socially acceptable to take two bananas to go with you from the Glen and Commons?  No? Now you do! So head on over to the Glen with some friends, eat some decent food, and then grab a couple of bananas on your way out for this Banana Cream Cheesecake recipe I found this week on How Sweet It Is.  Since we all probably don’t have a bunch of mason jars or more than two mugs sitting around, I’m going to cut the recipe in half.

For this recipe you’ll need to head to Outtakes for some graham crackers, Silk soy milk, butter, cream cheese, and caramel sauce (optional).  Then head on down to your CC desk and sign out vanilla extract, a measuring cup and bowl.  Squander through your assortment of mugs that your mother probably gave you for what reason is yet to be seen and pick your two favorite.

Banana Cream Cheesecake

Crush four bars of graham crackers in a bag into fine pieces.

Measure Graham Crackers

Then measure out a third of a cup and add two tablespoons of melted butter to the graham crackers and mix until it forms a dough-like substance.

Graham Cracker and Butter

Pour the graham cracker mix into the bottom of each mug and press down so it forms a crust.


Mash one and a half bananas into a bowl (set aside the remaining half of the second banana).  Then add 4 oz. of melted cream cheese (about half of an average pack) to the bananas and mix together.

Mashed Bananas

How Sweet It Is’s recipe calls for adding 1 tablespoon of coconut milk and condensed milk to the mix.  I’m not sure about you but those aren’t exactly milks I keep in my fridge for cereal. Lucky for us though, soy milk will do the trick just as well.  So add 2 tablespoons of silk milk the mix and stir.

Mix Together Milk

I also added a teaspoon of caramel fudge to sweeten the milk a little bit.  Lastly, add a teaspoon of vanilla extract to the mix and stir it all together.

Cheesecake mix

Slice the remaining half of the banana and add about three slices on top of the graham cracker crust in the mugs.

Graham Crust Bananas

Pour the cheesecake mix on top of the graham cracker crusts in your two mugs.  Place both mugs in your refrigerator overnight.

Cheesecake mixture

After the cheesecake has hardened top with any remaining banana slices and graham cracker crumbs.  Drizzle a little bit of caramel sauce on top.  Then serve and enjoy this spring treat!


  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/3 cup graham cracker crumbs
  • 4 oz. of cream cheese
  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 2 tablespoons soy milk
  • 1 teaspoon caramel fudge (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  • Mix together butter and graham cracker crumbs
  • Place mixture in bottom of two mugs and form a crust
  • Mix 1 and 1/2 mashed bananas and cream cheese.
  • Add 2 tablespoons of milk, 1 teaspoon of caramel sauce, and 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract into the mixture and stir thoroughly.
  • Place sliced bananas on top of graham cracker crust in mugs.
  • Pour banana and cream cheese mixture over the crust.
  • Place mugs in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours or until it is a hardened-spongy texture.
  • Top with extra banana slices and graham cracker crumbs.
  • Eat and enjoy!