Mint Pesto Zucchini Pasta with Goat Cheese

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Mint Pesto Zucchini Pasta with Goat Cheese

I’ll be the first to admit that I’m bad about washing my produce. If I rinse an apple before biting down, it’s a special occasion. I’m usually in such a rush, pacing around my kitchen like a mad woman, rummaging through my chaotic pantry and running downstairs to purchase something last minute.

Actually, whenever Lu asks me to grab him a piece of fruit from the fridge, he always goes “Rinse it first!” because he knows I most likely won’t.

When the founder of the Wild Mint Shop, Hannah, reached out to me, I knew it was a sign that it was about time I incorporated some non-toxic cleaning products into my kitchen.

Mint Pesto Zucchini Pasta with Goat Cheese

Before I get into it, first, let’s talk about how small of a world it is. Hannah isn’t just a random business owner – I went to Wake Forest University with her! Even though I hadn’t talked to her since college, it was such a nice message to get from a young entrepreneur like myself (we both graduated 2009), passionate about healthy, clean living.

Of course, I knew I wanted to collaborate with her and bring Wild Mint Shop in front of you guys – it’s totally up our alley! Here’s their mission statement:

Wild Mint, we are dedicated to providing the best non-toxic and eco-friendly products to help you build a healthier lifestyle and environment. We are continually learning, growing, and making sure we are as up-to-date as possible on research about harmful chemicals, new products, and green practices. We want to make change easier and hope to portray that no matter how big or small the changes you make in your life are, you are making a difference!

That’s a mission I can support. Hannah has so many great resources on the site, such as information about the types of toxic chemicalstips and tricks on how to avoid said chemicals, and even some simple, healthy recipes.

Mint Pesto Zucchini Pasta with Goat Cheese

Actually, Hannah sent me some of her produce wash to use and I’ve been using it nonstop. It’s got a clean scent and it seems to rinse off the residue on veggies better than just using water – I tried it on my collard greens from the farmer’s market and it got all the dirt off quickly and easily.

If you’d like to purchase the Better Life brand produce wash that I now use, click here. At the bottom of this post, you’ll see that Wild Mint’s offering Inspiralized readers a 10% off discount code, so use it!

Mint Pesto Zucchini Pasta with Goat Cheese

Most importantly, I used it to wash off my zucchinis for this delicious mint pesto pasta recipe. After more requests for summer-friendly cold pasta dishes, I’ve really been working on easy, no-sweat-required recipes that are full of fresh flavor. Plus, everything tastes better with creamy, soft, fluffy goat cheese.

So, thanks to Hannah for reaching out and introducing me to a site full of non-toxic products I can incorporate into my hectic everyday and sleep a little more soundly.

Mint Pesto Zucchini Pasta with Goat Cheese

Not sure what to get? Hannah recommends:

Wild Mint Exclusive Discount Code

Hannah from Wild Mint Shop is also offering us an exclusive discount code – 10% off! Enter “ALI” as a promotional code on checkout to redeem the discount.

 

Mint Pesto Zucchini Pasta with Goat Cheese

Nutritional Information and Recipe

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Mint Pesto Zucchini Pasta with Goat Cheese

Yields 2

15 minPrep Time

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Ingredients

  • 2 medium zucchinis, Blade C
  • ½ cup snow peas
  • 1/2 cup diced scallions
  • ¼ cup crumbled goat cheese (2-3oz)
  • For the pesto:
  • 2 tablespoon minced mint leaves
  • 1/2 small avocado, peeled, insides cubed
  • 1/2-1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • zest of 1 small lemon
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons slivered blanched almonds
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • salt and pepper, to taste

Instructions

  1. Place all of the ingredients for the pesto into a food processor and pulse until creamy. Taste and adjust, if necessary.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, place in the zucchini noodles, snap peas and scallions. Pour the dressing over the mixture and toss to combine thoroughly.
  3. Divide the noodle mixture into two bowls and top each equally with goat cheese.
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77 comments

Anonymous says:
Any recipe with goat cheese has me sold! I can almost hear Lu yelling for you to wash the fruit (mostly because my mom does it too!) And Wild Mint Shop looks awesome. Thanks for sharing!
Gina Sloman says:
Wish this didn't post as anonymous! My name is Gina :)
Sarah says:
I'm with Gina...goat cheese and I'm sold. I use to be terrible for washing fruit...then one day I soaked my grapes, blueberries and strawberries for 5 minutes in vinegar and water and the water was so dirty it's now the first thing I do when I get home from the store. But I find the berries last A LOT longer in the fridge!!!
Meghan F says:
Goat cheese is my favorite! I put it on everything. I would love to win those reusable glass water bottles!
Sue says:
I'd like to try some of those storage bags.
Laura says:
Looks tasty! Can't wait to try it tonight. Wild Mint Shop looks pretty neat, I would be interested in the glass water bottles and reusable lunch bags!
Melissa says:
Reusable lunch bags would come in handy!
KarenW says:
I would love to try the reusable lunch bags. I need to be better about packing my lunch!
Andrea H says:
Glass water bottles, produce wash, and glass storage containers would all be a great use of the gift card!
Katy says:
I, too, am horrible about washing fruit and veggies, with the exception of my lettuces (which inevitably have twelve pounds of dirt in them). As I am incorporating more fresh vegetables into my menus, I really should get into the habit of cleaning my greens! I am a big fan of the eco options for food storage as I cook for one, and thusly have a lot of leftovers! I would *love* a red water bottle too! :)
I would love to get some stainless steel lunchbox containers!
Allison T. says:
I would love the reusable snack/sandwich bags! I spend too much money on those little things and hate to continuously throw them away... This would be an awesome way to be eco-friendly while staying healthy and packing my own to-go snacks.
Mmm goat cheese! Another great recipe! Always looking for a great produce wash!
Ha- I must admit I don't was some produce or do it poorly too. I love glass jars lately. THis is a great giveaway. Thanks.
Sarah P says:
I have SO much mint out back and mint pesto would be great to make, eat and freeze! I can't eat goat cheese, but I might finally try to make a cashew cheese substitute.
Sarah P says:
And as for wildmint.com, I would love to get a new lunch bag for my son who's going to middle school and wants something different - like basic black!
Elizabeth T says:
I would buy the produce wash - I too am bad about washing my veggies/fruits!
Christina says:
1. THIS LOOKS SO YUMMY!!! 2. Oooh, she sells that Nellie's All-Natural Laundry Soda! I've been wanting to try that. But then again, I'm also terrible at washing my produce, too. ^_^
maris says:
I love goat cheese, can't wait to try this!
Danielle says:
I would definitely use the glass water bottles and produce wash!
Ann Wilson says:
Very cool company! I'd probably get some kitchen essentials (salad dressing jar, stainless steel straws) and maybe some frying pans. There are so many awesome things that tins hard to pick.
Andrea says:
Reusable lunch bags look interesting!
Dotty says:
For the giveaway, I would be interested in the storage containers and food wash.
Jenn says:
I lost my glass water bottle when I recently moved, so ordering a replacement would be top of my list! :)
VickyC says:
I'll be checking out the glass containers and the raw zucchini salads are my favorite.
sarah keith says:
This recipe looks so good! I just went and purchased a super cute lunch box from Wild Mint and would love to get some new storage containers and eco friendly snack bags!
Sarah G says:
This recipe sounds great! And Wild MInt has some great products! I would get some re-usable snack bags, some of the produce wash, and wet bags!
Kim Arnold says:
I would Love reuseable bags and stainless steel containers!
I would buy the reusable snack bags, they sound awesome!
Anonymous says:
This would be a great lighter dish to bring to summer parties
Laura says:
Pesto and goat cheese? Sold! and wild mint looks super cool!
Laura Nugent says:
Wild Mint has all sorts of fabulous things. I think I'd start with the water bottles and bug repellent. Your pesto zucchini pasta salad looks amazing and I'm going to make for lunch today!
Alexis says:
The glass containers and lunchskins look great!
Quinn says:
I would get a stainless steel water bottle and some of the household cleaners!
Although kind of random I'm super excited about the "Stainless Steel Drink Straws." I feel so guilty using plastic ones and throwing them away. These would be perfect for my afternoon iced coffees!
Stephanie says:
Definitely glass water bottles and Tupperware! I've been thinking about making the switch.
Bonnie says:
Definitely have to start washing my fruits & veggies especially now that I'm using more to spiralize !!
Cynthia says:
I am trying to transition totally away from plastic so the storage containers would be great. Also I am TERRIBLE at washing my produce so the produce wash would also be in my cart. And this salad looks awesome - I have a ton of mint growing and the farmer's market stall has been selling zucchini for 99c a pound so this is going on my table tonight!
Thanks for the pointer to Wild Mint! Glad to know about it..
Cristina Fini says:
Reusable lunch bags!
heather621 says:
A wet bag, lunchbot containers, produce bags. So much good stuff at that site!
Stacey says:
I made something similar last week because I had a lot of mint leftover from some of your other recipes. This sounds delicious. i would love try produce wash from wild mint. I could be better about washing my produce too!
Cassie says:
I don't understand how to enter the giveaway, can anyone help?
Bonnie Sanders says:
Would Love to put it towards some new cookware.
atabler says:
This recipe is so up my alley!
atabler says:
I am interested in Wild Mint's green cleaning products!
EmayinPA says:
All this in addition to your great recipes! Oh my, with my $75 I'd get tons of produce wash, some snack bags and try the bug repellent... %*#@! mosquitos. I'd have no "won" money left over, but might treat myself to some pretty jewelry, too. :) Thanks!
Alicia says:
I'm working on transitioning to more natural body & beauty products... I would definitely ispend my money there#
Nadia says:
I'd like to get some essential oils, sandwich bags and definitely cast iron cookware!
Mary Lou says:
Hope I win to try out the produce wash, sounds great!
kelsey5280 says:
I would love to get their glass bakeware and containers! The glass dinnerware set looks pretty too! Actually I would love to win the the lottery and just buy everything ;)
I like this water bottle http://www.wildmintshop.com/on-the-go/glass-bottles/1322c-glass-water-bottles-js.asp?frmcolor=grapp
jessica z says:
I would buy some natural body products - like the deodorant and scrubs!
grits76 says:
Probably something from Bath and Body. Thanks for a fun giveaway!
Whitney D says:
This looks amazing!!! And I think we all need a good reminder to get better about washing our produce...
Mary Beth says:
Thanks for the info on Wild Mint! I definitely need some glass food storage containers! And Ali, where did you find those adorable lemon & lime salt & pepper shakers?
Malisa says:
I'd check out the bug repellent since I have a baby and don't want to put the nasty chemicals on her!
A LunchBot! It reminds me of my favorite childhood thermos. Plus, it would be great to bring healthy soup to work.
Sheila says:
Looks good! Can't wait to make it.
Amie Nixdorf says:
Looks good! I will be trying this next week
Samantha says:
This recipe looks yummy, I'd like to try it with my spiralizer. I'd start replacing my plastic with earth friendly kitchen dishes, ie plastic bottles, containers etc.
Erin R. says:
I would love a pair of the minty green glass earrings.
reusable snack bags for sure! I've been wanting some for awhile now!
Nicole-Lynn says:
I'd get some sippy cups for my baby girl and natural sunscreen and bug repellent! Thanks for the opportunity!
jesusan says:
Anything for cleaning, or produce wash. I need things that don't have strong chemical scents.
karen says:
I definitely need some new storage containers
Kim says:
Undoubtable, I would buy new cookie sheets/baking trays. All of mine are chipped and I think that means they are now carcinogenic. Eeek.
Jessica DeMay says:
I would buy the produce wash. I'm so bad about just rinsing it quickly. I need to take more time washing it. I also love the glass food containers and reusable plastic bags!!
A new lunch bag, a set of stainless steel straws and a cleaning brush, some Better Life cleaning products because I love them, and if there's any money left over some glass containers.
CodieD says:
Produce wash sounds fun to try!
Bonnie Esterow says:
Recipe sounds yummy, I love goat cheese! Wild Mint has SOOO many great things... Love the coffee sleeves, wine slippers & charms, cleaner for my fruits & veggies (especially since I got inspiralized!) and the silicone hot handle holder !!
Cheryl S says:
Can't wait to make this recipe. Thanks for the 10% off at Wild Mint...I want to get the sunscreen.
Jo says:
I like all the glass storage containers!
Maybe the kid veggie crayons. Looks green and fun for little hands.
Michelle Davis says:
Do you not cook the zucchini & peas?
love your mint pesto idea. I would want sunscreen

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