Zucchini Rolls with Herbed Goat Cheese + 30 Day Yoga Challenge

I’m on my 10th consecutive day of doing yoga and while this has nothing to do with zucchini, I had to share. It feels like ages since I took care of my body. The emotional turbulence of the move, coupled with leaving my job shortly before that crippled my ability to focus on anything but. Asking myself to workout even in the first month of living in our new home was like pulling teeth.

My original plan was to get back into CrossFit, but it felt so masculine, too abrasive for the unsettled emotions that were fresh in my heart. Thanks to Dawn, I was introduced to the Montreal yoga community and have since surrendered to the truth that the mental and emotional stability that comes over me when I do yoga is exactly what I need to balance myself out. It’s no push jerk but I’m confident that nailing my chaturanga dandasana will feel just as rewarding.

To keep myself committed to my emotional and spiritual journey as well as my physical practice, I’ve chosen to embark on a mini yoga challenge and document my experiences every step of the way. For the next 30 days, I’ve committed to doing yoga each and every single day. Will you join me?

I’ll be keeping an online journal about my daily yoga practice here on the blog and would love for you all to join in on the conversation whether you practice yoga, are scared to begin your practice, or have never been on the mat in your life. I’ll be writing about the lessons I learn along the way, inner musings of spiritual enlightenment (ha, light topic, right?), and challenges I have to overcome to continue the journey. You can find my journal under the “Fitness” tab.

Okay, so now let’s talk about zucchini. High in vitamin C and antioxidants, this little summer squash makes for a great grain-free alternative to the conventional wrap. Who knew?!

How I haven’t used zucchini slices as wraps before is beyond me. This recipe was so simple to prepare, super delicious and highly versatile. If you’re sensitive to dairy, fill it with hummus or smashed white beans. If you’re allergic to nuts, replace the pine nuts with sunflower seeds. You could even skip out on the dried fruit and use apple chunks or slices instead. Oh the opportunities!

This recipe was developed for Happy Days Goat Dairy.

For the dairy-free version of this recipe, check this out.

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Zucchini Rolls with Herbed Goat Cheese
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Recipe type: Gluten-free, Sugar-free, Yeast-free, Corn-free, Grain-free
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Serves: 12 rolls
 
Raisins, toasted pine nuts and lemon mixed with garlic goat cheese wrapped around grilled zucchini.
Ingredients
  • 2 medium zucchini, sliced lengthwise at ¼-inch thickness
  • 1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • ¼ cup sultana raisins
  • 150 grams Happy Days Garlic and Parsley Soft Okanagan Goat Cheese
  • 3 tablespoons raw pine nuts, toasted and divided
  • Juice from half a lemon
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
Instructions
  1. Slice zucchini lengthwise and lay flat on a baking sheet.
  2. Coat with olive oil, spreading the oil on all of the zucchini slices with your fingers.
  3. Sprinkle with sea salt and place in the oven set to high broil. Broil for 10 minutes, or until zucchini is slightly charred. Remove and allow to cool.
  4. Place pine nuts in a small pan and set in the heated oven with the broil set to low and toast for 5 minutes, until lightly brown. Remove and allow to cool.
  5. Meanwhile, combine remaining ingredients in a small bowl and add half of the toasted pine nuts once they’ve cooled.
  6. Once zucchini has cooled, place 1 strip on a clean plate. Then, place a tablespoon or so of the goat cheese mixture at the larger end of the zucchini. Roll up as you would a California roll.
  7. Lay on a second plate either on it's side or standing up.
  8. Repeat with remaining zucchini strips and serve with a sprinkle of remaining toasted pine nuts.
Notes
If you can't find garlic and parsley goat cheese, just make it yourself with 150 grams of soft goat cheese, 1 clove minced garlic and 2 tablespoons of chopped fresh parsley.

Begin by trimming the edges of the zucchini.

Then, slice lengthwise at about 1/4-inch thickness.

Spread on a baking sheet and coat with extra-virgin olive oil.

Use your fingers to coat the zucchini as best you can, then sprinkle with a bit of sea salt.

Place in the oven and broil until the tops have browned slightly and some of the corners are a bit charred.

Mix the remaining ingredients together to form a thick paste.

Once the zucchini strips have cooled, set a blob of the paste onto the larger end of the strip.

Make that zucchini roll. Ha, I couldn’t help myself.

Place completed rolls on a separate plate and sprinkle with reserved pine nuts.

Sure, you could serve this as an appetizer… but they’d make a great healthy afternoon snack, too!

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  1. Firstly, CONGRATS on getting back into your fitness regime! I know it can be difficult, especially after big events in your life that take priority. the word ‘abrasive’ sort of matches the way I think of Crossfit too… not that I wouldn’t try it, but I just seem to enjoy my less-abrasive (but still very physically demanding) workouts more. In the end, I figure if you don’t enjoy it, you’re not gonna do it anyway!
    And secondly, these rolls. Oh my… you’ve just given me ANOTHER reason to buy more zucchini! I think I already spiralize at least 5 on a weekly basis but these are too cute not to make!

    • Abrasive, yes! Definitely not the activity I want to participate in what with my whole life being somewhat abrasive right now haha. We’re planning on having spiralized zucchini noodles tonight, can’t wait!

  2. I love zucchini! I haven’t paired it with goat cheese but I’m sure it will be delicious. I’m glad your feeling better now that your getting into yoga more – it truly is an incredible form of mental and physical healing!

  3. What a delicious idea, can’t wait to try this! Also, congrats on deciding on a 30 day yoga challenge. Yoga has helped me in so many ways, so it can be a great compliment to how you’re feeling after your move. Good luck!! :)

  4. These rolls are perfect, Leanne! I know how hard cooked rolls can be to stuff and get to stand up straight :) and hold together and yours are great! Love both pine nuts & goat cheese, too! Mmmm, perfect!

  5. Love the idea for the 30 day yoga challenge. Yoga always helps me be more aware of my body/mind connection and helps me feel more centered.
    These rolls are such a great idea!! So easy and they look delicious!!!

  6. 30 day yoga challenge! I’m in. I can’t wait to get started. Just the kick in the butt to get going. I heard of an earthquake in Montreal, and I have no idea what part you’re in and I’m guessing it’s huge, I was wondering if you’re all ok, and if you felt it at all? Interesting recipe Leanne. I don’t know if I’d like it but I’m intrigued :)

    • Sweet! I’m glad you’re joining, Tamikko. What style of yoga do you practice? Heading off to class in a couple of hours and cannot wait.

      All is good here. We didn’t feel anything and were up when it happened. I found out about it this afternoon when my friends and family began calling the house asking us if we were okay. From what I understand, no damages or injuries were reported, so that’s good! Thanks for the concern :)

  7. I love to use zucchini as “rolls”… I had some last week filled with hummus! and while Jason loved the spiralized zucchini pasta, he didn’t like the idea of the zuc roll… ah, well… more for me!

    • Oh men are so weird with what they will and wont eat. It’s the same darn veggie!

  8. Leanne I love everything about this post! Zucchini, goat cheese and yoga yoga yoga! How exciting that you have decided to really get into it. I personally have never ever found anything that fits with me, my body and my spirituality – more than yoga. I feel like yoga has allowed me to find myself, have a new found confidence and grow as a person more than any other thing I have ever experienced in my life. Every day I look forward to my practice and I feel lost when I am without it. I will definitely be following along your journey! :) Namaste. xo

  9. YUM – I made a very simular version to this over the summer for a party which ended up being my own Surprise Engagement Party. But YUM were they delicious, thanks for giving me a craving!

  10. What a great idea! I would have never thought of using zucchini as a wrap before.

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