Quick College Recipes | BTB Foodie

It’s officially finals week, which means your free time is slim. If you don’t have much time to sit down at Gracie’s or any of the other dining halls, then you’re best option is to pop something in the microwave. But making a quick meal for yourself doesn’t mean the food has to lack in quality; there are a lot of great different food options that you can make quickly in your microwave. If you don’t have a car, there is an RIT bus that will take you to Wegmans. Also, a lot of ingredients you need for the recipes are available on campus in The Market at Global Village, Crossroads Market, The Corner Store or Sol’s Underground. Check out these delicious microwavable recipes, because you deserve something delicious during this stressful week. 

Be sure to check out our video below!

Mug Recipes:

Pancakes in a Mug

No need to get out the griddle. Try this Pancake Mug Cake courtesy of Kirbie Cravings. Check out the recipe below:

    • 1/4 cup Bisquick
    • 1 oz milk (1/8 cup)
    • “In a microwave safe mug or ramekin, whisk Bisquick and milk with a small whisk for a few seconds. It’s okay if small lumps remain. Heat in microwave for about 1 minute. Let pancake cool slightly before scooping out of mug and serving with syrup.”

Scrambled Eggs in a Mug

Pari some scrambled eggs with your pancakes with this Scrambled Eggs Mug recipe devised by our very own staff. It is super easy to make:


    • Eggs (however many you want to eat)
    • Milk
    • Salt
    • Pepper


    • Scramble your egg (or eggs) in a mug. Add a splash of milk and sprinkle on a pinch of salt and pepper. Put it in the microwave for 1 minute and 30 seconds and you’re done!

Extra mug recipes to check out:

  • A classic breakfast/snack choice, this recipie for a Blueberry Mug Muffin on Budget Bytes will have you making seconds
  • In need of a sweet treat? Try out this Cinnamon Roll Mug Cake thanks to Kirbie Cravings
  • If you’re looking for something healthy, fill up this Omelette in a Mug from Simply Recipes with tons of veggies
  • After you ace a final reward yourself with this Red Velvet Mug Cake from The Vice Chef Blog

Vegan Microwave/Mug Recipes:

Vegan Banana Bread in a  Mug

A perfect study snack is this Single Serving Vegan Banana Bread from PopSugar. The recipe is super simple, check it out below!


    • ½ Banana
    • 2 tablespoons whole-wheat flour
    • 1 tablespoon organic sugar
    • 1/8 teaspoon baking powder
    • 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
    • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 1/2 teaspoon coconut oil
    • 1 teaspoon dairy-free chocolate chips
    • 1 teaspoon walnuts


    • “Mash the banana in a small bowl. Add all ingredients to bowl, except the dark chocolate chips and walnuts; mix well to form a smooth batter.”
    • “Save a few chocolate chips and walnuts for the topping, and mix the rest into the batter.”
    • “Lightly spray a ceramic ramekin with cooking spray, and pour in the batter. Sprinkle with the remaining chocolate chips and walnuts.”
    • “Microwave for 70 to 90 seconds until the batter is dry — don’t overcook or your cake will turn chewy and tough.”
    • “The dish will be hot so remove with an oven mitt. Cool for a minute, and then dive in!”

Extra vegan recipes to check out:

  • A filling lunch that is perfect for a cold, winter day. This Vegan Loaded Baked Potato on Well Vegan will be just what you need during finals week
  • If you’re adventurous with the food you eat, definitely try out this Tofu Scramble Mug courtesy of Keep Recipes
  • No one will dislike this Vegan Mac and Cheese recipe on Genius Kitchen
  • Seconds please! Try out this delicious Vegan Coffee Cake from Finding Vegan for breakfast


If you decide to try out any of these recipes during finals week, snap a pic and tag us on Instagram @ritbehindthebricks. Also stay tuned for more recipes videos on our Facebook page. Happy finals week, Tigers!

Prepare for Thanksgiving Break at RIT

Thanksgiving break is quickly approaching and if you’re planning on staying on campus, you might want to plan ahead. The university is closing on Wednesday, November 22 at 2pm and will re-open on Saturday, November 25, which means not everything will be running as usual. Behind the Bricks has asked the essential questions for having a fun and relaxing break at RIT:

What buildings will be open?

Student Life Center and Gordon Field House

  • Open Wednesday from 6:00am to 4:00pm
  • Closed Thursday and Friday
  • Open Saturday from 8:00am to 5:00pm
  • Open Sunday from 1:00pm to 11:00pm

Aquatics Center

  • Open Wednesday from 6:45am to 8:45am and 12:00pm to 1:45pm
  • Closed Thursday and Friday
  • Open Saturday from 2:30pm to 4:30pm
  • Open Sunday from 2:30pm to 4:30pm and 7:00pm to 10:00pm

Residence Halls

  • Open during the full break
  • Laundry rooms will also be open
  • RITchie’s will be closed

Student Health Center

  • Open Wednesday from 8:00am to 2:00pm
  • Closed Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday
  • Sick over break? You can reach the after hours nurse service at (585) 475-2255

Counseling and Psychological Services

  • Open Wednesday from 8:30am to 2:00pm
  • Closed Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday
  • Alternate options include calling 1 (855) 436-1245 to speak with a mental health provider or calling (585) 475-3333 to speak with Public Safety

Center for Religious Life

  • Open Wednesday until 2pm
  • Closed Thursday, Friday, and Saturday
  • Open Sunday 8:00am to 9:00pm


  • Open Wednesday from 8:00am to 2:00pm
  • Closed Thursday, Friday, and Saturday

Post Offices

  • Closed Wednesday at 2:00pm
  • Closed Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday

What staff will be on campus?

Student Health Center Staff

  • They will be here until 2:00pm on Wednesday
  • Otherwise, there are after hours care if you need immediate non-emergency assistance. The options are listed on the Student Health Center Website.

Public Safety

  • Public safety will be here 24/7 throughout the whole break
  • Check out their website for contact information or updates.

Resident Halls

  • Not all RA’s will be here on Thanksgiving Day, but they will return the weekend after.
  • Maintenance and FMS will be off Thursday, but will resume the weekend after.

Where can I eat?

Because the university is closed over Thanksgiving break, the dining halls will not be running as usual. Because there are limited options, check out this detailed list of dining hours and plan ahead for your meal plans over break.

Another option is to gather your friends and ride the RIT bus to Wegmans. Take advantage of your kitchens and have a potluck Friendsgiving.  Be sure to check the Bus Schedule on the RIT Parking and Transportation website.

Where can I take the bus off campus?

On Thursday, November 23 there will be no RIT bus service. Hours and locations for the busses on the other days of Thanksgiving Break are listed on their website. Also, check out My Bus Home for alternate ways to make it home for Thanksgiving break.

What can I do off campus?

Rochester is a cool city, go explore! There are tons of cool coffee shops to hang out at, great movie theatres right near campus, shopping, museums, and parks. Over break, there are tons of events going on around the Greater Rochester Area. If you don’t have a car, check your bus route options or carpool with a friend. Here are just a few of the events you can check out around Rochester:

  • Annie the Musical at the Kodak Center for Performing Arts on November 24 at 7:30pm, and November 25 and 26 at 2pm
  • Turkey Trot Fun Run in Webster, NY on November 23 at 10am
  • Turkey Burn Free Pilates Bootcamp Workout at MetaFITx in Pittsford, NY on Friday, November 24 at 9am

Check out visitrochester.com for more events happening in Rochester over the break.

What can I do on campus?

University Gallery

  • Closes at 1:00pm on Wednesday
  • Will reopen on Monday at 9:00am

Red Barn

  • Closed Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday
  • Open Saturday and Sunday

Ritter Open Skate

  • Closed Thursday
  • Open Friday 11:45 to 12:45pm and 8:00 to 10:00pm
  • Open Saturday 3:00 to 4:30pm and 8:00 to 10:00pm
  • Open Sunday 3:15 to 4:45pm

What are some ways I can spend my time?

Want to stay on campus over Thanksgiving break? Here are some ways that you can spend your time on campus.

  • Catch up on work and make your studying load before finals a little easier
  • Go to the RIT Men’s Basketball Tournament in the Clark Gym on Saturday, November 26 and Sunday, November 26
  • Catch up on sleep
  • Hang out with your friends on campus or make some new friends with other kids staying here over break

Have a relaxing and fun Thanksgiving Break Tigers!

College Cooking — Corner Store Edition

Tasty veggie and egg Ramen

Eating in college can be tough. After a while, you may want to mix it up from the dining halls, and dorm cooking is kind of limited. It doesn’t have to be dull, though, nor does it have to be expensive! I’ll walk you through a really simple and fast recipe for some souped-up (ha) Ramen. The coolest part about this is that all the ingredients for this recipe can be found at RIT’s own Corner Store (located on the A level of Nathaniel Rochester Hall, across from the post office) and it costs about $5 for a meal for two.

You will need some cooking utensils that you can’t buy at the Corner Store, but which you can find at Wegmans or Wal-Mart (behind/around the corner from Wegmans), and for pretty low prices. You can get to those places either by asking a friend who has a car or by taking the RIT Weekend Shuttle.

What you’ll need:
Microwave safe bowl (for boiling water and cooking the Ramen)
Two smaller bowls (for serving, unless you want to save on dishes to wash and just eat out of the bowl you cooked everything in)
Microwave egg poacher (you can and should buy one of these for about $2 at Wal-Mart. Not only do you need it for this particular recipe, but I’m a fourth year and I still use mine, just saying.)
Cutting Board
Measuring cup
5 Sticks of celery
10 Baby carrots
2 Packages of Ramen Noodles (I used chicken flavor for this recipe)
2 Eggs

Now that you know what you need and have washed your hands (I assume you know to do that before working with food, after all, you’re an adult now), let’s get cracking. Well, not cracking quite yet; the eggs come later. First, we need to get chopping. For those readers who aren’t quite sure how to chop veggies, you want to hold the knife in whichever hand has the most control, use a smooth sliding motion from front to back, focusing around the middle of the knife (think of the circular motion of the bars that power the wheels of a locomotive, but running in reverse). The hand that isn’t holding the knife should be holding what you’re cutting, at least a half an inch in front of (ie. on the majority of the food to be cut) your knife, with your fingertips curled down, so you’re holding the food with your fingertips/nails. That way, if you get a little too close, you snag your nail and not your fingertip.

Chopped celery and carrots

Got that? I know that was a lot of logistics, but bear with me here.

After you’ve chopped the carrots and celery into ~1/4 to ~1/2 inch pieces, toss them in your microwave safe bowl and get your Ramen. Add the brick(s) of Ramen to your microwave safe bowl, along with your veggies, and add enough water to submerge the noodles. Microwave the noodles for three minutes on high. Take it out, add the seasoning packs (I used about 1 1/2 packets, because I wanted to taste the veggies and not just salt, but that’s my preference), and stir. Let the seasoned water sit with the noodles and veggies for a little while (the time it takes for the eggs to cook is sufficient) before draining some of the liquid off, so it’s not completely soup. If you really, really like it soupy, go ahead and leave it all in. Draining it is my personal recommendation.

After the Ramen has cooked, get out your egg poacher and follow the instructions that came with the cooker and make two eggs. Since it’s an egg poacher, you’re going to use water. I recommend using some of the seasoned water from the Ramen for some added flavor. Once the eggs are done, toss them on top of your Ramen and, voilà, dinner (or lunch or breakfast or second breakfast or Elevensies or whatever) is served! Feel free to add more veggies or eggs if you think you’re going to want more. I happen to be a small person with a small appetite. Think of other things you could throw in here, too, such as actual chicken (Wegmans and Wal-Mart both have rotisserie chickens, which are great to toss into Caesar salad mixes for a quick dinner; I recommend using the leg and wing meat for that and saving the breast meat for sandwiches, snacking or occasions such as this).

What it really comes down to is this: Cooking isn’t all that hard. With a little bit of practice and a pinch of ambition, anyone can become a cook. If you’d like some easy recipes to start out with, check out my personal blog. Please note that I’m not a registered dietitian, but if you’d like official advice on nutrition, you can contact Mary Anne McQuay, RIT Dining Services’ registered dietitian.