Recipes for Medical Students and Residents

I’m going to periodically add some recipes to the blog that meet my “pizza rule” i.e. if it takes longer to cook than it does to order a pizza it’s not going to work…


This is a great vegetarian dish and would make enough for a lot of call nights!.  The recipe calls for garlic oil (which I’ve never heard of).  I’d skip it or, if you really want to add a little garlic taste, mash up a couple of cloves in some olive oil (like 2 tblsp) before you start and let it sit while everything else is cooking.  You can drizzle the olive oil over the pasta at the end.


Here’s the original url for this recipe which is delicious (but a little fussy and violates the pizza rule)

Here’s the resident friendly version:


2 servings

  • 2 filets of the freshest white fish in the store (Tilapia, snapper, etc)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil  (cut to 1 tablespoon or use Pam to save calories)
  • 1 package frozen peas
  • 1 cup chicken stock  (buy the 4 packs of one cup each)
  • 1 shallot (if you can’t find one, use part of the red onion)
  • 2 cloves of garlic (don’t cheat on fresh garlic)
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2  Italian Roma tomatoes
  • ½  minced red onions
  • 1/4 cup chopped black olives  (buy in bulk at Whole Foods – use Nicoise or herbed olives of Provence – can buy small jar, too)
  • 2 tablespoons chiffonade of basil  (chiffonade = finely sliced.  Don’t cheat on the fresh basil, either)
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil  (cut to one table spoon if you are watching calories)
  • 2 Yukon gold potatoes cut into 6ths or 8ths

Start with the base of the sauce

  • Saute the shallot (or onion) in the olive oil
  • Add the garlic until you smell it (more and it will burn = bitter)
  • Pour in the chicken stock
  • Bring to a boil
  • Add the potatoes – drop the heat to a simmer and cook until just fork tender (~8-10 min)
  • Pour in the frozen peas – cook for 3 minutes
  • Take the potatoes out and save

Take out a third of the peas with a slotted spoon and put in a bowl to use later

  • Put everything else (minus the peas and potatoes you took out) into a blender until smooth.  (If you don’t own a blender, this is a critical tool for residents so go out and get one!  Smoothies are a key food item for medical students and residents and blenders are cheap!)

Make the relish

  • Cut up the tomatoes, olives, basil, red onion
  • Add to the peas you saved from above
  • Add the olive oil

“Grill” the fish

  • Use a grill pan or non-stick sauté pan (another important piece of resident equipment)
  • Put olive oil in the pan (Pam if you are watching calories)
  • Cook 3-4 minutes per side

Assemble the dish

  • Pour the sauce into a bowl
  • Put the fish on top
  • Arrange the pieces of potato around the edges
  • Put the relish on the fish

A variation (if you like Mexican flavors)

  • Use tomatoes, corn, cilantro, jalepeno and onion for the relish
  • Use frozen corn instead of peas


8 servings

  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 4 carrots, diced
  • 4 stalks celery, diced
  • 8 cups (two containers) chicken broth
  • 1 roasted chicken (bought already cooked), skin removed and meat broken up into small pieces
  • 10 oz frozen corn
  • 1 can pinto beans
  • chopped cilantro
  • 2 avocados
  • pico de gallo (buy at the store)*

Saute vegetables in olive oil until they are soft

Add chicken broth, bring to a boil

Lower heat to simmer and cook 10-15 min (until vegetables are mostly cooked)

Add chicken, corn and pinto beans

Cook another 5 minutes on simmer

Garnish bowls with chopped avocado (1/4th per serving), cilantro and pico de gallo

Optional:  Add cooked rice and/or shredded cheese

* to make pico de gallo (if you can’t find it ready made)  combine 3 diced tomatoes, 1 diced onion, chopped cilantro, one diced (fine) jalapeno, salt and lime juice.  This is a great dip for chips or to put on grilled fish or chicken, too.

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  1. One of my favorite shortcuts is buying one of those whole roasted chickens at the grocery store. They’re already cooked, they’re warm when you buy them, and you can used them for at least 3 meals! Obviously, if you’re cooking for more than one person, you might be able to only make 2 of these things from one chicken.

    Day 1: Good ‘ol chicken breast (sometimes I’m so hungry when I’m grocery shopping after work that I don’t want to take the time to do something complicated)
    – take the breast off the chicken, put it on a plate
    – bag salad or canned veggie
    – yummy dinner in 60 seconds!

    Day 2: Quick chicken salad
    (now the chicken has been in your fridge, so it’s cold)
    – remove more meat from the chicken, chop into bite-size pieces
    – chop some onion and celery
    – combine chicken, onion, celery; add mayo till you reach your desired consistency
    – add some salt or garlic salt

    Day 3. Chicken quesadillas or chicken nachos
    – remove the rest of the chicken meat
    – put it in a frying pan, add some water (~1/3 cup, depending on how much chicken)
    – add 1/2 packet of taco seasoning, stir
    – cook over medium heat, just until the chicken is heated thru and the water evaporates

    Ok, now you have really tasty meat that you can use like you’d use taco meat. These are my two favorite things to do with it:
    1. Quesadillas
    – (optional: saute some onions until they’re translucent)
    – in a non-stick pan, spray some cooking spray or use a tiny bit of oil
    – lay down a flour tortilla, some shredded cheddar, the chicken, the onions, then another small layer of cheese
    – cook on medium heat until tortilla browns
    – flip over by transferring to a plate or by using 2 spatulas
    – cook 2nd side until browns
    – garnish with sour cream, salsa, or whatever you like!

    2. Nachos
    – preheat oven to 450 degrees
    – 2 layers of aluminum foil into a brownie pan
    – spray some non-stick spray onto the foil
    – put a thin layer of tortilla chips in the pan
    – add shreded cheese (cheddar, mexican blend, or whatever you like)
    – add chicken, olives, jalapenos, onions, whatever else you want
    – another layer of chips, cheese, and other stuff
    – bake until cheese melts

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