Cooking For One: Sun Dried Tomato Goat Cheese Ravioli with Chicken Sausage

by Lauren on January 18, 2013

Hello from Chicago!

Yes, I made it, I’m alive and well, and in a complete state of bliss and bewilderment.  I will have a much more exclusive post up shortly on my adjustment process, but I’m still working on a securing a few things and getting settled before I’m ready to dish more details.  Until then, be assured I’m so happy to be here and trying to soak up every single moment.  Thank you all so much for your well wishes and words of encouragement over the past few days.

Now, obviously the next several months are going to take a little adjusting in my own life but also with the life of this blog.  I don’t intend to make any drastic changes, but I’m guessing I won’t have the time as I once did, to prepare a plethora of intensive meals out of my tiny apartment kitchen.  I’ll also be working so much and at very discontinuous hours so more meals may be eaten on the go or at 3am when I’m getting off.  That all being said, I do plan to cook as much as I can when I can.  I just discovered I live 5 miles from a Trader Joe’s and within walking distance to one of the biggest Whole Foods in the area. My dream come true!

Yesterday, I found myself with some time in the afternoon, which meant a much needed trip to the store to stock an empty fridge.  I picked up a few of the essentials – almond butter, eggs, and hummus – and also just enough ingredients for a comforting solo dinner.

I still have many incredible dinners, lunches, brunches and parties in my future so I know I’ll be fully experiencing the exceptional dining district in my time here, but when the opportunity arises, I hope to still outlet my own passion behind the stove.

Last night, I started to feel settled, opened a bottle of wine, and sat down to my very first meal in this new crazy and exciting life! As I took my first bite of goat cheese infused ravioli, I realized even though I’m far away from my loved ones, I’m happy here and for the next several months this is what I will call home.  Cheers to new beginnings!

Sun Dried Tomato Goat Cheese Ravioli with Chicken Sausage
Entree
2
 
Ingredients
  • 1 package of Trader Joe’s Sun Dried Tomato and Goat Cheese Ravioli
  • 1 cup chopped broccoli
  • salt
  • pepper
  • ¼ tsp garlic salt
  • 2 sun dried tomato chicken sausage links
  • 1 cup marinara sauce
  • 2 cups baby spinach
  • 2 oz crumbled goat cheese
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. On a large non-stick cookie sheet coated with cooking spray, lay broccoli and season with salt, pepper and garlic salt.
  3. Slice the chicken sausage into ½ in rounds and place on the baking sheet with the broccoli. Place sheet in the oven and roast for 15 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, bring a large pot of water to a rapid boil.
  5. In a separate small saucepan, heat marinara sauce over a medium low heat.
  6. When the water is boiling, add the ravioli and cook for 3-4 minutes or until done. (Ravioli will float to the top when heated through) Drain and set aside.
  7. Remove broccoli and chicken sausage from the oven.
  8. Lay a handful of spinach on a plate and top with ravioli, broccoli and chicken sausage.
  9. Spoon ½ cup of sauce onto plate and serve with crumbled goat cheese.

 

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{ 26 comments }

Clare @ Fitting It All In January 18, 2013 at 2:40 pm

YUM YUM YUM!! cant wait to hear more!

Heather @ SugarDish(Me) January 18, 2013 at 2:46 pm

Holy deliciousness!!! This looks amazing. Seriously. I think it needs to find its way into my dinner rotation this week. I’ve NEITHER a Trader Joes OR a Whole Foods anywhere near me, so I’m pretty jealous right now.

Lauren January 18, 2013 at 2:52 pm

I didn’t either until now so I’m extremely stoked about it! :)

Erica January 18, 2013 at 2:52 pm

Yum yum yum! That close to TJs and WFs??? JEALOUS! Awesome. Glad you’re settling in

Sarah January 18, 2013 at 2:54 pm

sorry I missed the post telling what your doing in chicago etc. Do you mind linking to it??

Lauren January 18, 2013 at 3:00 pm
Valerie January 18, 2013 at 3:11 pm

Congrats again! So happy for you and this recipe looks so yummy and quick thanks.

Jillian @ Sprinkle Massacre January 18, 2013 at 3:17 pm

So glad you are settling in to Chicago! Can’t wait to hear more. I will be travelling to Chicago for work soon so I will definitely be in touch so we can meet up!! :)

Lauren January 18, 2013 at 3:22 pm

Oh you better girl! :)

chelsey @ clean eating chelsey January 18, 2013 at 3:32 pm

yay for chicago!!! i can’t wait to see you tomorrow!

Lauren January 18, 2013 at 3:33 pm

You too! So excited.

Katie January 18, 2013 at 3:39 pm

Glad you got there safe and I am super excited to hear about more details! <3

Lauren January 18, 2013 at 5:34 pm

can’t wait to tell you all about it! xoxo

kathleen January 18, 2013 at 5:11 pm

so happy you are here!!
can’t wait to see that smiling face :)

Lauren January 18, 2013 at 5:34 pm

right back at ya lady! :)

Katie @ Talk Less, Say More January 18, 2013 at 5:41 pm

Welcome to Chi-town lady! Can’t wait to hear more about your time here. :)

Lauren January 18, 2013 at 5:42 pm

Thanks! Let me know when you want to FINALLY meet up! :)

Ashley @ My Food N Fitness Diaries January 18, 2013 at 6:50 pm

Woo hoo! Glad you made it out there a-okay! Again, I’m so very excited for you, and I can’t wait to hear all about your Chicago adventures. Your meal sounds delicious too!

Steph @ The Event Crashers January 18, 2013 at 8:41 pm

I’m really looking forward to seeing your updates during this new adventure! And, as someone who ‘cooks for one’ almost every night, I’m REALLY looking forward to the recipes that you do come up with!

Tammy M. January 18, 2013 at 8:45 pm

That looks delicious! I’m looking forward to reading about how you handle meals/exercise/general healthy living in conjunction with all the crazyness you are experiencing. I hope to learn a bit from you and live vicariously.

Thanks taking the time to update us on how you are doing.

Danielle @ itsaharleyyylife January 19, 2013 at 9:09 am

wow this looks deliciousssss! I made my first food with sun dried tomatoes a couple of weeks ago and it was DELICIOUS! I can only imagine how good this is too! Its good to hear you are settling in!

Erica @ For the Sake of Cake January 19, 2013 at 11:01 am

Glad you’re getting settled! Can’t wait to hear more about Chicago!

Lindsay January 19, 2013 at 3:31 pm

I can’t believe you are in the chicago area. I am from the Chicago area and I would LOVE to meet up with you while your here.

Lauren January 19, 2013 at 3:33 pm

Absolutely!! Let me know, anytime!

Lindsay January 19, 2013 at 3:41 pm

Can you email me dates of when you are free to get together! Whenever I come to Chicago, I try to go to Whole Foods because the town I live in does not have one and I am an Addict!

Emily @ Hungry Delights January 26, 2013 at 6:57 pm

have fun getting settled into your new apartment – can’t wait to see what happens with all the changes going on! It is going to be a great experience I am sure :)

xo Emily @ Hungry Delights

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