A package (or two!) of chicken sausage is a smart staple to always have on hand. Since packages are usually vacuum-sealed, they keep well unopened in the fridge and freezer longer than other meats. Plus, because the lean protein is already cooked, it takes next to no time to turn it into dinner.
Here are 10 of our favorite ways to turn chicken sausage into a feel-good, wholesome meal.
This one-pan dish takes just 30 minutes to make from start to finish. Instead of the usual white rice, the recipe calls for brown rice. It’s worth sticking with the suggestion because you’ll get a lot more fiber and nutrients in every bite.
If you can’t find broccolini for this pasta, fresh or frozen broccoli florets or even cauliflower florets can be used instead. Definitely save leftovers, too, because they make for a great lunch the next day, even when served at room temperature.
This is a great opportunity to clear out anything in your crisper drawer or use up some bags of frozen veggies in your freezer.
If you don’t have a grill, these quick pizzas can also be baked in an oven. Just heat the oven to 425°F and bake on a sheet pan until the cheese is melty, about 10 minutes.
Serve this mix of sausage and veggies over your favorite grain — either way it will be a healthy meal. You can also saute everything together on the stovetop instead of grilling.
This comforting stew is a total meal in a bowl. That’s thanks to a double dose of protein from sausage and beans plus lots of wilted spinach, which provides a full serving of vegetables.
Pasta definitely turns this mix of sausage and vegetables into a hearty meal. Gluten-free? Try one of these bean-based alternatives.
Don’t just save this skillet for breakfast. It’s so full of sweet potatoes, colorful peppers, and melty cheese that it’s really worth digging into any time of day.
This hearty stew is packed with sausage, white beans, and wilted greens and comes together in under 30 minutes. Use grated Parmesan if you don’t have Pecorino cheese in the fridge.
10. Sausage, Peppers, and Onions from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen
This colorful dinner can be enjoyed a number of ways. Stuff some of it into pita halves for sandwiches, pile it on rice, or toss it with your favorite pasta.