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!

My Experience with Simply Eats

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Before Spring Break, I covered a fairly new addition to Gracie’s, called Simply Eats. Simply Eats is an initiative by Dining Services to enable students with allergies/sensitivities to gluten and the big eight allergens (wheat, peanuts, tree nuts, milk, soy, fish, shellfish and eggs) to eat at the same places as their friends. Simply Eats offers a wide range of food made from simple ingredients, with hopes of offering all students a similar eating experience, regardless of allergies/sensitivities. Although I have already covered Simply Eats, I felt that it would only be fair to actually try Simply Eats, in order to form an educated opinion. After trying Simply Eats, I left Gracie’s pleasantly surprised.

What is Simply Eats?

In case you missed my earlier coverage of Simply Eats, it is an initiative by Dining Services to deliver the same dining experience to all students, regardless of their dietary needs. The food at Simply Eats is made from simple ingredients, eliminating gluten and the big eight allergens from meals to allow for a worry-free dining experience. All food at Simply Eats is also preservative/additive-free, and the food is freshly prepared and made. Even the salad dressings are freshly made and worry-free! Dining Services even went as far as ensuring that the food offered at Simply Eats includes vegan-friendly options. Did you know that most food prepared with sugar uses sugar that is “shined” using bone char? Vegan-friendly food offered at Simply Eats uses sugar that isn’t shined with bone char, to give you an idea of how dedicated Dining Services is to making the food at Simply Eats worry-free for all students.

My Meal

After doing my research on Simply Eats, I went to Gracie’s to actually try the food. On the menu was baked chicken bites, pasta with mushroom sauce and freshly-cooked vegetables. After putting together my sample plate of food, it was finally time to try my meal. The pasta was cooked just right, and the sauce was very flavorful. Needless to say, I finished the pasta quickly and moved on to the chicken. As someone who is accustomed to fried chicken over baked chicken, I was quick to notice the difference in taste. Not only is baking chicken healthier than frying it, but baked chicken also tends to be juicier and, in my opinion, tastier than fried chicken. I finished my meal with a nice serving of vegetables, which were cooked to perfection and flavorful enough to have me asking for seconds.

My Final Verdict on Simply Eats

I walked away from my meal at Simply Eats very impressed with what the staff at Gracie’s has done to bring healthy and tasty food to all students. Although I did sample everything at Simply Eats, there are other items on the Gracie’s menu that are worry free. I realized after my meal that Gracie’s offers soy milk, and there’s always the huge amounts of fresh fruits and vegetables that Gracie’s offers to students. If you’re unsure about the ingredients in anything on Gracie’s menu, don’t be afraid to ask their knowledgeable staff. Also, don’t fret if chicken and pasta aren’t your thing; Simply Eats’ menu changes every day, and Dining Services is working hard to refine the menu to better suit students’ needs.

Where Can I Find Allergen/Vegan Friendly Food that’s Close to Campus?

By Joe Droleskey

This is a question many students have asked Dining Services recently. In the past, vegans and students with food allergies have had to go to great lengths to find food that is suitable for them to eat. Often times, finding allergen-friendly or vegan food meant going off-campus to Wegmans to choose from a small selection of food that is usually more expensive than its non allergen-friendly/vegan alternative. Fortunately for RIT vegans and students with allergies, Gracie’s has recently opened a new station that caters specifically to you. Simply Eats is a new initiative from Dining Services and Gracie’s to provide food that is safe for vegans and almost anyone with allergies to eat. The best part about Simply Eats is that it is included with any meal at Gracie’s at no extra charge! With Simply Eats, you will no longer have to pay for a meal plan and pay for vegan/allergen-friendly food from outside of RIT. Simply Eats is receiving a lot of focus from Gracie’s, and the menu changes daily, so you won’t have to eat the same thing every day if you eat at Simply Eats. Tomorrow’s menu includes Sweet Potato Spinach Curry and Chimichuri Chicken, which sounds really tasty!

Have you eaten at Simply Eats before? Let me know about your experience! I plan on eating at Simply Eats this week, and I will give an update based on my experience there. For more information about Simply Eats and their menu, visit rit.edu/fa/diningservices/content/gracies