Spicy Italian Sausage Chili (And a Week's Worth of Quick Dinner Meals)

Chili make with ground beef is pretty common.  When I came across some spicy Italian sausages at my grocer for $1.99 a pound, I had to see what I could do with them.  Chili was the first thing that came to mind.

Whipping up a quick sausage chili was simple.  I used as many fresh ingredients as I could (which was easy, as my garden was overflowing with onions, peppers, and tomatoes) and got to work with the sausage.

First, I removed the casings and browned them in a big stock pot.

I added some little mild red and yellow peppers... aren't they beautiful?

I continued to cook the peppers and onions with the sausage until they were soft and the sausage was brown.

Then, I turned it into a rich chili. I added 3 cans of chili beans, 3 cups of chopped fresh tomatoes (with seeds and juice), and one cup of water.  I then seasoned to my liking with chili powder, garlic salt, cumin, and paprika.

I let it simmer for an additional 45 minutes and served with cornbread.  My family loved it!!!

This is just one of the meals that we'll be having in our meal plan (this made so much, you can actually freeze it.)  Here is the complete week's meals...

Spicy Italian Sausage Chili (above)

Tortilla-Encrusted Fish Fillets
Fresh Salsa
Side Salad

Grilled Hamburgers with Organic Flaxseed
Heirloom Tomato and Onion Salad
Sweet Potato Fries

Garlic Chicken and Potatoes
Fresh Fruit

Fresh Spinach and Strawberry Salad with Hot Bacon Dressing
Homemade French Bread

Breakfast for Dinner: Cheese Blintz Crepes with Fresh Berry Sauce 
Scrambled Eggs

Creamy Garlic Butternut Squash Ravioli
Garlic Bread
Side Salad

Do you have a favorite, easy recipe that you will be having this week?  Share a link to it in the comments!

For more meal ideas, visit Menu Planning Monday.