September 29, 2016

Black Bean Pasta Salad with Mushroom Tomato Sauce and Roasted Turmeric Vegetables

Black Bean Pasta Salad with Mushroom Tomato Sauce and Roasted Turmeric Vegetables

I am so excited to announce that I’ve been helping out with organizing this year’s the W.E.L.L. Summit, an event that presents a 360 degree view of health, that focusing on Wellness, Empowerment, Learning, and Luxury. The event is happening in NYC on October 21-22nd and during it you’ll get to eat cool snacks and listen to breakout sessions from leaders in the wellness field about things like meditation, nutrition, green beauty, and even sustainable fashion.

I made this dinner tonight because Brewski (I think the spelling is actually Bruschi, referring to a sports thing), the office mascot / cutest pup has been eating the carrots I bring to work at the W.E.L.L. Summit headquarters. I’m always happy to feed plants to pups as well as people! He unfortunately will not be in attendance that weekend but that doesn’t mean you also shouldn’t go. If you’re interested in snagging a ticket, head on over to their site (or just click the site to your right) and use the twistoflemons for 15% off your ticket! Gonna be fun in the sun!!!!!!!!

Also, has anyone noticed the influx in head colds lately? I’m spicing up my life with turmeric to my veg to increase my immunity amidst the chorus of sniffles I’ve been hearing everywhere I go. Why turmeric? Find the answer at the bottom!



  • 1 head broccoli
  • 1 package black bean pasta (I used Trader Joe’s brand)
  • 1 tsp ghee
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 package mushrooms
  • 1/2 tsp garlic
  • 1 package grape tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • juice from one lemon

Do it:

  1. Steam broccoli.
  2. Boil pasta according to instructions.
  3. Set both aside.
  4. Add 1 tsp ghee to a sauté pan, heat until melted.
  5. Add onion. Sauté until soft and fragrant.
  6. Add mushrooms and garlic, mix until mushrooms are soft.
  7. Add tomatoes. Again, mix around.
  8. Add white wine and lemon juice.
  9. Mix until most of the liquid is gone, around 10 minutes.
  10. Pour over broccoli and pasta.
  11. Add-ons: nutritional yeast, avocado, hemp seeds, tempeh, chicken, basil, or just anything you want.


Roasted Veg:

  • carrots
  • peppers
  • radishes
  • olive oil
  • turmeric
  • black pepper
  • garlic powder
  • rosemary
  • oregano
  • salt
  • pepper
  1. Wash veg. Peel carrots. Cut peppers / radishes. Drizzle with olive oil. Sprinkle with spices.
  2. In the oven at 350F for an hour.



Turmeric (curcumin) should be your lover and friend in the realm of spices. It’s and immunomodulatory agent that can modulate the activation of “T cells, B cells, macrophages, neutrophils, natural killer cells, and dendritic cells.” This is just a fancy way of saying it kicks ass for your immune system. It’s a plant-based chelating agent, meaning it binds to and removes the build-up of heavy metals in the body. It’s even reported to be more effective than NSAIDs in terms of relieving pain and inflammation. Furthermore, curcumin has had reported beneficial effects in arthritis, allergy, asthma, atherosclerosis, heart disease, Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes, and cancer. Like I said. Lover. and. Friend.

Jagetia, G.C. & Aggarwal, B.B. (2007). “Spicing up” of the immune system by curcumin. Journal of Clinical Immunology, 27(1), 19-35. doi: 10.1007/s10875-006-9066-7

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