How anal perfectionists avoid self-destruction:

Ahem, this is week 2 of me sticking to my New Years resolution. Pat on the back right there!

So, I definitely had a meltdown earlier this week. There was self-doubt, worry, anxiety, fear, and salty tears everywhere. Just thinking about everything I needed to cram into my schedule was making me ill, and it was the first day of the quarter! The way I got over it was to first list all the things I needed to make time for in the week:

  • 4 classes at UCD (really just 3 though)
  • 4  2.5 hour MCAT classes per week
  • ~3 hours of MCAT studying per day
  • ~3 study allotments for UCD classes per week
  • an hour to lift weights 3x per week and an hour to exercise in some other way another 2 or 3x per week
  • time to SOCIALIZE or have ME time  e v e r y  s i n g l e  d a y

Next, I drew out the plan. This is mostly accurate, with a few exceptions. And its color coded! Green = class, orange = workout, pink = study, purple = MCAT class.

To get this schedule the way it is, I had to make some sacrifices. Unfortunately, they are very self-serving sacrifices, but, frankly, I don’t care. I will remain sane. I quit my food sampling job to free up 4-8  hours each weekend, and I have at least postponed my internship at the fertility center until I get the hang of everything. I figure I have acquired almost everything I can from it and I can still put it on my application!

Step 3: ACTUALLY FOLLOW THE PLAN. Or at least complete the necessary daily tasks.

I really am sorry to bore you all with that, but maybe it can help some of you find sanity within a crazy schedule. Also, putting it on here holds me more accountable 😉

Now, for the recipe.

See that quiche crust? Looks like brownie, don’t it? But its not! There are no grains, gluten, or nuts (for you, Mark!) in this recipe. The quiche is high protein, high fiber, and filled with veggies! The sweet corn and red bell peppers go well with the cheddar topping and black bean base.

Southwestern Quiche with a grainless, black bean crust

Recipe: Makes 4 large, filling servings

For the crust

  • 1 cup black beans, extremely well drained
  • 1 egg
  • 3 tbsp ground flax

For the filling

  • 3 eggs
  • 5 egg whites
  • 1/2 cup greek yogurt
  • 1/2 bell pepper, diced
  • 1/3 cup onion, diced
  • 1/4 cup salsa
  • 1/2 cup corn
  • “Baja seasoning” or a combo of garlic powder, cayenne pepper, paprika, cumin, salt, pepper, dash onion powder, dash oregano

Topped with 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese or a ‘Mexican blend’


First, preheat the oven to 400. Drain the black beans extremely well, press firmly to the point of squishing them a little bit in the can. Combine the beans, egg, and flax in a bowl and mix until homogenous. Grease a quiche dish or baking pan and spread the batter evenly over the bottom. Bake for 10 minutes, until cooked but not yet browned. While the crust is cooking, saute the onions and bell pepper on the stove top with a dash of butter or oil until soft and the onions are lightly browned.

Next, combine all the eggs and yogurt in a bowl and mix well. Fold in the bell pepper, onion, salsa, corn, and spices.

Pour on top of the crust. Reduce the oven heat to 375. Sprinkle the cheese over the top of the quiche. Bake for 35 minutes or until cooked all the way through.



Onion * Contains quercitin, an antioxidant that halts the growth of tumors! Also, studies have linked regular onion consumption with lower cholesterol and reduced risk of colon cancer. A prime source of chromium.

Eggs * the yolk is where all the nutrients are! It contains tryptophan, selenium, iodine, B vitamins, and phosphorous, many of which are necessary for optimal metabolism. The egg white has 6 grams of complete protein!

Black beans * High in folate, fiber and protein. They also have antioxidants called flavonoids and small amounts of omega 3′s.

Flax * A great source of fiber and omega 3’s!

26 thoughts on “How anal perfectionists avoid self-destruction:

  1. umm are we the same person?! i had a similar meltdown this week and did the same thing- created a detailed schedule! it isn’t color coded… yet. hang in there and think of the big picture!! 🙂

  2. That’s probably the best thing to quit your job and keep your sanity… Your schedule seems insane !

    I’m definitely gonna try this recipe ! looks healthy and yummy !

  3. I can’t wait till you get into medical school! I enjoy reading your blog and since I am myself a med student I’m sure I’ll enjoy it even more when you get in – just to hear about your story! Just to forewarn you – once you get into med school – know that your schedule will be like that every week, if not worse. You will have to make a lot of personal life sacrifices. But I’m pretty sure it will all be worth it. Don’t know for sure yet, since I’m still in it! 😉 Good luck, lady! You have a huge cheering squad!

    1. Gosh, you are so right. Its going to be much more difficult and hectic! Thank you for reminding me of that fact. I was definitely being a bit whiny and dramatic!


  4. LOL I make myself a schedule like that every week! My life is not really crazy anymore though. My work schedule is the same pretty much every week..but having an hourly schedule makes me feel much more organized somehow.

  5. I feel ya girl! The beginning of the semester can be especially overwhelming as you try to plan evvverrything out and having it all ahead of you can be too much to handle! I love your schedule idea though, might have to be making one for myself.
    Also, DEF trying the black bean crust idea…I love black beans and this looks so good! Good luck with the semester…deep breaths!

    1. Thank you anna!! Definitely try out that crust – and let me know how you like it. The quiche has been really nice with my schedule, its 4 ready made meals just sitting in my fridge!


  6. LOVE the idea of this quiche — I’m going to make it for dinners this week! Just to clarify, though — the ingredients list 1 cup of beans, and then in the instructions you mention mashing them in the can — so is it just 1 cup of beans, or 1 can of beans? Thanks!

    1. I should erase that because its a bit exaggerated, you almosttt squish them but you dont really. its only 1 cup of beans but they are as condensed as they can be without actually being squished – and you will have just about a half cup leftover in the can!


  7. What MCAT prep course are you taking? I have been wondering if I should take one or not but think I may just study on my own time- which means I will have to be very disciplined with myself! Good luck with your schedule- I know you can do it!

    1. Princeton review, and I LOVE it. I highly recommend that you take a course – I totally underestimated the amount of material and I truly think that your score will be extremely higher with a course over just self study. also, they give you insider tips. and you can ALWAYS find discounts and coupons!!


  8. that quiche looks amazing! genius move with the black bean crust. proud of you for the steps you’re taking in life! seriously inspiring, my friend. I wish you great success in sticking to your schedule – I know you can do it! 🙂

  9. You and me both! I’ve been so overwhelmed since coming back from the holidays. I need to make a daily planner like yours. I hope you are doing well this afternoon. I’m enjoying an unseasonably warm day here in Austin and about to start baking a chocolate cake. Thank you for sharing another delicious post!

  10. I absolutely do not envy your schedule. I dislike studying. Sorry!

    But I do love this quiche. I love the way it looks, the flavor combo you’ve put together, and hello- it’s EASY! Yummmmmm! I have to try this one this weekend!

  11. I can feel your stress! I’m planning on taking the MCAT in late spring as well as taking a 19 unit load this quarter…so not fun right now. I’ve been feeling so much anxiety/stress.

    But that quiche looks like a stress zapper. Good luck following through with the schedule. 🙂

    1. Oh my goodness, you have no idea how much better that makes me feel. SO MANY people just wait till they are graduated or summer to study. Very few it seems do it during school, its so nice to know theres a few more out there! We should definitely check in with one another


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