Sunday dinner is a family tradition all over the world. Whether you need to cook something big for the whole family, or you’re feeling lazy after a long week, we’ve got you covered. Here are 25 Sunday dinner ideas ranging from wholesome, hearty tummy-fillers to single-pot set-and-forget meals. Enjoy!
Southern Sunday Dinner Ideas
1. Southern Meatloaf Recipe
Delicious, home-cooked meatloaf is a classic American comfort food. This Southern recipe is delicately seasoned and flavored for a Cajun kick! You can serve it with barbecue sauce or cornbread for an authentic Southern meal.
2.Louisiana Rub and Wingstop Ranch
The state of Louisiana is a genuine melting pot. The combination of French, Spanish, Afro-Caribbean and native American people living in the area led to a truly unique cuisine. The Louisiana rub is heavily seasoned, with a heady combination of herbs and spices reminiscent of the New Orleans summer air. No wonder this is one of Wingstop’s most popular flavors.
3.Southern Fried Chicken and Buttermilk Biscuits
Long before the Colonel made Kentucky famous, Southern families were frying chicken to perfection for generations. Crispy on the outside. Hot and tender on the inside. With hot sauce and paprika as key ingredients, real Southern Fried Chicken has a little kick and a lot of flavor. Serve it with buttermilk biscuits.
Summer Sunday Dinner Ideas
4.Chicken Lo Mein
Chicken Lo Mein is a classic American Chinese takeout staple. Made with egg noodles, which are then stir-fried in a soy-based sauce and a variety of vegetables, this is a tasty dish eaten across the country. Lo Mein traces its roots to Cantonese Lo Mein, which is a stirred noodle served separately from the broth it was cooked in.
5.Balsamic Chicken Breasts Baked in Oven
Oven bakes are great for summer, even if standing right in front of an oven isn’t! The balsamic glaze on these chicken breasts adds a subtle, sweetly acidic flavor. You can season the chicken with a combination of butter and herbs, and add cherry tomatoes to the baking dish.
6.Pesto Butter Salmon and Shrimp Ceviche
Pesto is a classic accompaniment to salmon. That’s because the bright, fresh overtones of basil beautifully complement the salmon’s naturally rich and buttery flavor. The shrimp ceviche, with the shrimp cured in lime juice and topped with some salt, brings yet another level of summery freshness to this dish. It manages to be both light and filling.
Easy Sunday Dinner Ideas
You’re probably more familiar with beef stroganoff, but don’t let that trick you into thinking chicken isn’t just as nice. Stroganoff is spectacularly easy to make, and it’s so filling! This cream-based sauce traces its roots to Russia, but the chicken variation is actually native to Brazil.
8.Salmon and Asparagus in Foil
Cooking salmon and asparagus in foil together with some herbs will imbue both foods with one another’s flavors. The bitterness of asparagus will be tempered by the salmon, and both will emerge crisp and delicious.
9.Spicy Honey Garlic Salmon in Foil
Cooking spicy honey garlic salmon in foil effectively increases the marinating time of your salmon. This is great if you don't have time and can’t leave your salmon to marinate overnight! The honey and garlic flavors really bring out the best in your salmon, and the hint of spice in this sauce will permeate the salmon’s flesh. Delicious!
10.Chicken Parmesan and Tortellini
Chicken Parmesan is normally served with a rich tomato sauce, bacon or ham, and a healthy dose of cheese. This variation on the traditional Italian dish includes tortellini pasta, spinach, and a creamy sauce. Unlike most pasta dishes, the tortellini aren’t the star of the show here - they’re a support act for the chicken.
11.Ground Chicken Stir Fry
Using ground chicken means you don’t have to waste prep time chopping chicken breast! Throw your ground chicken into a searing hot pan with a mixture of green bell peppers, sliced mushrooms, and a leafy green such as kale. Add soy sauce and chillies if you want some heat, and a few minutes later you have a delicious stir fry!
12.Lobster Ravioli in Creamy Sauce
Lobster? For easy Sunday dinner? That’s right! Lobster ravioli will cook in only a few minutes in boiling water. Fresher ravioli cooks faster than frozen. Your creamy sauce will prepare quickly, too. Use olive oil, garlic, onion, a small amount of butter, and some parsley so your sauce complements the natural saly sweetness of your lobster ravioli.
Lazy Sunday Dinner Ideas
13.Crock Pot Roast
The single-pot roast is perhaps the greatest gift to lazy cooking. Crock pot roasts with potatoes, carrots, and sprigs of thyme take little to no effort to prepare and are so delicious! Because everything is in the same pot, all your ingredients take on one another’s flavors.
14.Crock Pot Swedish Meatballs
IKEA is known for its “adult Lego” build-it-yourself furniture and its delicious Swedish meatballs. Just like their furniture, you can make Swedish meatballs yourself at home! Using a single crock pot, and allowing them to slowly cook and take on the moisture of the creamy gravy sauce they’re cooking in, ensures that your meatballs will be high in flavor and low in effort.
15.Instant Pot Teriyaki Chicken
Teriyaki chicken originates in Japan. The Japanese have several traditional methods of cooking meat, even though most Japanese food heavily features fish. This chicken is cooked in instant pot with soy sauce, mirin, and sugar, giving it the sticky, sweet texture that teriyaki cuisine is known for.
16.Instant Pot Broccoli Soup
Broccoli soup is a delicious, verdant broth perfect for Sunday dinner or a lunch on a cold winter’s day. The dense broth is seasoned to perfection and you can top it with a sharp cheese and salt. Some people even like adding sour cream and pepper to their broccoli soup to add an extra tang.
Sunday Family Dinner Recipes
17.Popeye’s Chicken Sandwich (Copycat)
You can make your very own Popeye’s chicken sandwich at home! All you need is some southern style fried chicken breast, pickles, cheese, and a milk bun. To really make this authentic, spread a small amount of butter on the uncrusted side of your bun and fry it in the pan to achieve a crisp, toasted finish. Easy to make from scratch at home!
18.Lemon Garlic Roast Chicken and Cilantro Hummus
Using lemon and garlic to roast the chicken gives it a beautiful Mediterranean character reminiscent of Greek islands or the Middle East. This citrusy flavor is complemented by cilantro hummus, with nutty roasted chickpea combined with bright, fresh blended cilantro.
19.Bobby Flay Salisbury Steak
Serve your Salisbury steak with a creamy mushroom sauce and mashed potatoes on the side. The sauce will add flavor to your potatoes, and provide moisture that may be lacking in your ground beef-based steak.
20.Philly Cheesesteak Recipe
Philadelphia’s signature sandwich is very filling and very tasty. Using sliced steak, and topped with grilled peppers, onion, bacon and, of course, cheese, this is a heavy meal for how easy it is to cook.
21.Buffalo Chicken Pizza
What makes this a buffalo chicken pizza is the addition of buffalo sauce. Before placing your pizza in the oven, you can cook your chicken and mix with buffalo sauce, herbs, and spices.
Healthy Sunday Dinner Ideas
22.Pesto Crusted Salmon
Pesto, as we discussed above, is a popular accompaniment for salmon. The pesto crust here goes on before the salmon is cooked, with the moisture baked out of the pesto to form the signature crust.
23.Crispy Parmesan Baked Chicken Milanese
Chicken Milanese is not from Milan, Italy, but South America! Italian immigrants to South America brought with them their regional variations on chicken schnitzel, and chicken milanese was born. Forego the oil and bake this in the oven for a healthier option.
24.Celery Soup Recipe
Celery is one of the healthiest vegetables out there. Packed with vitamins and high in water, it’s ideal for turning into a healthy, hearty soup. You can add grilled mushrooms for some body or eat this as it is!
25.Garlic Butter Salmon
Garlic butter is relatively easy to make and is a key ingredient in many comfort foods. Garlic butter salmon is like garlic bread, but for salmon! In addition to the garlic butter which should be generously applied to your salmon, you should season the salmon with parsley for the best flavor. It is an easy dinner the whole family will love!