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Sunday evenings are typically spent with family around the dinner table. Make something special for the occasion with this collection of delicious Sunday dinner ideas!

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A collage of different Sunday Dinner Ideas with 6 favorite dinner recipes.

Sunday = Family Time

In my family, Sunday is a day of rest from the regular tasks of the week. Along with worship, we take time to be together and carve out family time. I have gathered some fabulous Sunday dinner ideas to help you do just that!

Even if you have busier Sundays, extracurricular activities, errands, and church services are typically held in the morning leaving the afternoon and evening to relax and enjoy the last bit of the weekend.

What better way to spend the time than eating a delicious meal with your family and friends? 

Dinners your family will love!

Types of Sunday dinner recipes the whole family will love come in as many varieties as families do.

  • sheet pan dinners
  • skillet dinners
  • a large pasta dish
  • casserole
  • slow cooker or Instant Pot
  • bake it in the oven
  • fire up the grill
A serving of pot roast topped with gravy on a white plate with a side of potatoes.

Hosting Sunday Dinner

To go along with our easy Sunday dinner ideas, we’ve rounded up some tips to help with the planning!

Time. Though there is usually more time on Sundays to spend on more involved recipes, you can also choose to make quick and easy meals that are just as delicious. There are also many recipes that can be prepped the day before to get a jump start on cooking the next day.

Formal vs. casual. Make serving the meal as formal or as casual as you wish. I had one grandma who would set the adult table with a white tablecloth and her china and serve dinner family style. My other grandma was more casual. The food was served buffet style using paper plates and we sat anywhere that was open.   

Get guests involved. Let guests who offer bring a dish to share. 

After-dinner activities. Chatting is my preferred activity, but it’s always nice to have other activities available. Outdoor activities like bocce ball and croquet are fun. You can also have games and coloring books inside.

Clean up. If hosting Sunday dinner for the same family and friends is going to be a regular occurrence, consider implementing a clean-up plan. At my mom’s house, the sisters make the food, and our spouses clean up. 

Timeframe. Since most adults and children need to be up early for work and school, it’s acceptable to give guests a start and end time.

Lemon pepper chicken served over a bed of rice and topped with fresh lemon slices.

Amounts to Serve

Often Sunday dinner is the night that extended family can get together and enjoy some comfort food. Planning how much to make for your main dish can be a bit tricky. Some people eat more than expected and some eat less.

Here are some guidelines that will help you as you plan: 

  • Pasta. Plan to serve 2-3 ounces of dry pasta per person. If your recipe calls for 16 ounces of pasta then the dish can serve about 6-8 guests. If adding veggies or protein to the pasta, then you will be able to serve about 8-10 guests. 
  • Meats. When serving beef, chicken, or pork as the main dish, plan to serve 8-12 ounces per person. 
  • Casserole. I typically cut my 9×13 casserole dishes into 20 squares. I’ll usually calculate about 1½-2 squares per person. 
  • Soups or stew. Plan to serve each guest 5-6 ounces of soup or stew or 1½-2 cups.
Pulled BBQ chicken served on a bun with a side of chips and fresh fruit on a white plate.

Round out the Meal

Appetizers. Having some afternoon appetizers is always a great idea. Plan to serve 3-5 appetizers per person.

If you only have 5-10 people coming, plan to have 1-2 different appetizer dishes. Add another appetizer dish for every 5-8 people in attendance. 

Dessert. Plan to have enough dessert for people to have 1½  servings. 

Drink/punch. The average person will drink 2 glasses. 

Side dishes

For side dishes, plan about 6 ounces of potatoes per person and 4 ounces of veggies per person. Plan to serve 1½ rolls per person. For every 5-8 people attending add another dish to the menu.

Mix and match some of our popular side dishes to fit your Sunday meal.


Best Sunday Dinner Ideas

These Sunday family dinner ideas are all long-time family favorites that we’ve made for years!

Pot roast is for sure our #1 classic Sunday dinner recipe, but we also love things like lasagna, pasta, casseroles, and Mexican entrees!

Beef Stroganoff

This easy beef stroganoff recipe is simple and flavorful. Served with egg noodles, this creamy stroganoff made in the slow cooker is a classic Sunday dinner recipe and is perfect to enjoy any night of the week.

1 Beef Stroganoff Recipe

Main Course Beef Stroganoff Recipe
Total Time: 30 minutes

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5 from 20 votes
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Pot Roast recipe

This crock pot roast recipe is one of our favorite Sunday dinners. It takes only 3 minutes of prep time and then the slow cooker does the rest! The chuck roast ends up being SO tender and full of flavor from the brown gravy, Italian, and ranch dressing mix! 

2 Crock Pot Pot Roast

Main Course Crock Pot Pot Roast
Total Time: 7 hours 5 minutes

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4.99 from 119 votes
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Crockpot Brown Sugar Ham

This crock pot ham is made entirely in the slow cooker, which makes for quick prep time and minimal effort. With a deliciously sweet brown sugar glaze, it’s our favorite way to make a holiday ham!

3 Crockpot Ham Recipe

Main Course Crockpot Ham Recipe
Total Time: 3 hours 40 minutes

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5 from 41 votes
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Chicken Pot Pie

Easy chicken pot pie is the definition of comfort food! It’s warm, rich with flavor, full of veggies, and has the best flaky crust.

4 Chicken Pot Pie Recipe

Main Course Chicken Pot Pie Recipe
Total Time: 1 hour 50 minutes

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5 from 38 votes
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Easy Lasagna Recipe

Our family’s favorite lasagna recipe – not only because it’s delicious but because it’s so EASY! You don’t even have to precook the lasagna noodles! With beef, pork, three cheeses, and tons of seasonings, you know this recipe is going to be a hit!

5 Easy Lasagna Recipe

Main Course Easy Lasagna Recipe
Total Time: 3 hours 30 minutes

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4.88 from 88 votes
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Easy Shepherd’s Pie

Easy Shepherd’s Pie – This classic dinner recipe is hearty and perfect for any Sunday supper. It has a rich beefy base, loaded with vegetables and a thick, buttery potato topping.

6 Shepherd’s Pie

Main Course Shepherd’s Pie
Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes

Recipe Video

4.83 from 17 votes

Best Roast Chicken

Simple and delicious roast chicken tastes like you spent all day cooking it! It is the the perfect go-to dinner recipe.

7 Best Roast Chicken Recipe

Main Course Best Roast Chicken Recipe
Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes

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5 from 14 votes
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Cheesy Chicken Broccoli Casserole

One of the BEST broccoli casserole recipes! This cheesy chicken broccoli casserole is a simple, quick and delicious dinner filled with chicken, broccoli and cheese and topped with buttered bread crumbs! The whole family loves this easy chicken broccoli and cheese casserole.

8 Chicken Broccoli Casserole Recipe

Main Course Chicken Broccoli Casserole Recipe
Total Time: 50 minutes

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5 from 171 votes
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Sweet Pork Barbacoa

Sweet pork barbacoa is the best slow cooker pulled pork recipe you will ever try. Better than Cafe Rio—you better make a double batch!

9 Sweet Pork Barbacoa Recipe

Main Course Sweet Pork Barbacoa Recipe
Total Time: 6 hours 5 minutes

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5 from 23 votes
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best pork chop recipe

This best pork chop recipe is crusted with parmesan and fried up with less than 10 minutes of prep work!! They are perfectly juicy.

10 Best Pork Chop Recipe

Main Course Best Pork Chop Recipe
Total Time: 40 minutes

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4.99 from 593 votes
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Crock Pot Pork Roast

Prepare to be amazed by this ultra tender, fall off the bone crock pot pork roast. It only takes a handful of ingredients to make, including the complimentary gravy.

11 Crock Pot Pork Roast

Main Course Crock Pot Pork Roast
Total Time: 8 hours 5 minutes

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5 from 17 votes
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Creamy Chicken Enchiladas

Creamy chicken enchiladas with sour cream are simple and tasty! With 10 minutes prep, these are a weeknight staple.

12 Creamy Chicken Enchilada Recipe

Main Course Creamy Chicken Enchilada Recipe
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes

Recipe Video

4.99 from 149 votes
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French Dip Sandwich

These low maintenance French dip sandwiches are made with hearty beef and melted provolone cheese on a buttery toasted bun, and dipped in au jus!

13 French Dip Sandwich Recipe

French Dip Sandwiches
Main Course French Dip Sandwich Recipe
Total Time: 6 hours 45 minutes
4.94 from 15 votes
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Buttermilk Fried Chicken

You can’t go wrong with delicious fried chicken!! It’s great for picnics, barbecues, holidays and more. Plus – it’s easier to make than you think!!

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Main Course Buttermilk Fried Chicken
Total Time: 40 minutes

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5 from 9 votes
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Crock Pot Ribs

Juicy BBQ crock pot ribs is the best and easiest dinner idea! Great for a small family, big family, or cooking for a crowd!

15 Crock Pot Ribs Recipe

Main Course Crock Pot Ribs Recipe
Total Time: 4 hours 5 minutes
5 from 19 votes
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Slow Cooker Pulled Chicken

This slow cooker shredded chicken is juicy and flavorful. It is Beyond simple and is great for holidays, parties and potlucks!

16 Slow Cooker Pulled Chicken Recipe

Main Course Slow Cooker Pulled Chicken Recipe
Total Time: 4 hours 15 minutes

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5 from 42 votes
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Country Style Pork Ribs

Tender + delicious country style pork ribs are finger-licking good! They are perfect for a BBQ, or any night of the week.

17 Country Style Pork Ribs Recipe

Main Course Country Style Pork Ribs Recipe
Total Time: 2 hours 40 minutes

Recipe Video

5 from 16 votes
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Chicken Penne Pasta

A delicious and simple chicken penne pasta that is the perfect family dinner. The entire family loves it!

18 Chicken Penne Pasta Recipe

Main Course Chicken Penne Pasta Recipe
Total Time: 15 minutes

Recipe Video

5 from 18 votes
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Easy Meatloaf

The whole family will devour this easy meatloaf! It’s super simple—making it perfect for all levels of cooks in the kitchen.

19 Easy Meatloaf Recipe

Main Course Easy Meatloaf Recipe
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes

Recipe Video

5 from 31 votes
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Buttery Baked Chicken

Creamy buttery baked chicken is simple and full of flavor. It is another great dinner idea for any occasion!!

20 Buttery Baked Chicken Recipe

Main Course Buttery Baked Chicken Recipe
Total Time: 1 hour 35 minutes
5 from 50 votes
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Steak Marinade

This is our all-time favorite steak marinade! It requires only four ingredients, and makes our steak taste SO amazing! Everyone always asks for this easy steak marinade recipe because it’s just that good!!

21 Steak Marinade

Main Course Steak Marinade
Total Time: 4 hours 5 minutes

Recipe Video

4.97 from 82 votes
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Chicken Manicotti

These manicotti shells are stuffed with a cheesy chicken mixture, and topped with tasty marinara!

22 Chicken Manicotti Recipe

Main Course Chicken Manicotti Recipe
Total Time: 43 minutes
4.91 from 21 votes
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Slow Cooker Beef Stew

DELICIOUS slow cooker beef stew filled with chunks of beef, potatoes and carrots – a family favorite that is hearty, simple and great for fall.

23 Slow Cooker Beef Stew Recipe

Soup Slow Cooker Beef Stew Recipe
Total Time: 6 hours 10 minutes

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5 from 97 votes
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quick Sunday Dinner Ideas

Sometimes Sundays are busy and there isn’t a lot of time to prepare a big family dinner. That’s why we love these easy Sunday dinner ideas! They’re all made in 35 minutes or less!

Chicken And Asparagus Stir Fry

Healthy and delicious lemon chicken and asparagus stir fry is packed with lots of delicious flavors. It’s simple and super easy too!

24 Chicken and Asparagus Stir Fry Recipe

Main Course Chicken and Asparagus Stir Fry Recipe
Total Time: 20 minutes
5 from 9 votes
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Chicken Tacos

Restaurant-style chicken tacos are filled with ingredients like shredded chicken, cheese, lettuce, and tomatoes, all inside a fried corn tortilla.

25 Chicken Tacos Recipe

Main Course Chicken Tacos Recipe
Total Time: 25 minutes

Recipe Video

5 from 84 votes
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Chicken Stroganoff

This homemade chicken stroganoff is perfect for dinner any night of the week. Its full of flavor and is made start to finish in under 40 minutes!

26 Chicken Stroganoff Recipe

Main Course Chicken Stroganoff Recipe
Total Time: 30 minutes

Recipe Video

4.96 from 64 votes
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Chicken Bacon Ranch Casserole

Creamy and hearty chicken bacon ranch casserole is the best way to beat the weeknight rush! It’s easy to make, and filled with pasta, chicken, bacon, and creamy alfredo sauce.

27 Chicken Bacon Ranch Casserole

Main Course Chicken Bacon Ranch Casserole
Total Time: 25 minutes

Recipe Video

5 from 11 votes
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Baked Teriyaki Chicken

Chicken breasts, or thighs, smothered in a sweet and tangy homemade teriyaki sauce and baked in the oven. Serve baked teriyaki chicken over rice for a complete meal!

28 Baked Teriyaki Chicken Recipe

Main Course Baked Teriyaki Chicken Recipe
Total Time: 35 minutes
5 from 13 votes
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Fried Pork Chops

These delicious fried pork chops in a lemon butter sauce are crispy on the outside and so delicious and tender on the inside! Everyone loves these pan fried pork loins that are so flavorful and simple.

29 Fried Pork Chops Recipe

Main Course Fried Pork Chops Recipe
Total Time: 25 minutes

Recipe Video

5 from 17 votes
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Italian Sausage Pasta

Everyone loves this Italian sausage pasta recipe! Not only is it easy, cheesy, and delicious, but it is a hit with the entire family and can be made mild or spicy depending on your preferences.

30 Italian Sausage Pasta Recipe

Main Course Italian Sausage Pasta Recipe
Total Time: 20 minutes

Recipe Video

4.99 from 252 votes
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Coconut Curry Chicken

Delicious coconut curry chicken is packed with flavor! Serve with rice or bread for a perfect chicken curry meal.

31 Coconut Curry Chicken Recipe

Main Course Coconut Curry Chicken Recipe
Total Time: 35 minutes

Recipe Video

4.91 from 43 votes
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Steak Fajitas

You know those sizzling fajitas you see at restaurants? You can make them at home! It may seem intimidating, but this steak fajita recipe couldn’t get any easier!

32 Fajita Recipe

Main Course Fajita Recipe
Total Time: 2 hours 35 minutes

Recipe Video

5 from 17 votes
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Beef Enchiladas

Shredded beef enchiladas made with just 6 ingredients! This easy dinner idea is a crowd pleaser and is filled with corn, beef, green chiles, cheese and covered in red sauce.

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Main Course Beef Enchiladas
Total Time: 30 minutes

Recipe Video

4.93 from 78 votes
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Goulash

Old-fashioned Goulash is an easy cheesy family favorite! It’s the perfect one-pot meal for lazy Sundays or any day of the week!

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Main Course Goulash Recipe
Total Time: 1 hour

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4.97 from 594 votes
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healthy Sunday Dinner Ideas

Need something filling, but lighter? These main dishes are on the healthier side while still being satisfying for the whole family.

Italian Pork Chops

These Italian pork chops require just a few ingredients and are baked in the oven with loads of veggies. Have it ready and on the table in just 30 minutes!

35 Italian Pork Chops Recipe

Main Course Italian Pork Chops Recipe
Total Time: 25 minutes
5 from 25 votes
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Baked Honey Mustard Chicken

Quick and easy healthy chicken dinner. This takes less than 30 minutes to bake, is full of flavor, and will please the whole family! 

36 Honey Mustard Chicken Recipe

Main Course Honey Mustard Chicken Recipe
Total Time: 1 day 30 minutes
5 from 1 vote
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Easy Baked Salmon

Bake a delicious and healthy pan of salmon for the whole family! Flavored with lemon, garlic, and parsley for a tasty dinner everyone will enjoy.

37 Baked Salmon Recipe

Main Course Baked Salmon Recipe
Total Time: 40 minutes

Recipe Video

5 from 17 votes
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Lemon Pepper Chicken

Flavorful and tender lemon pepper chicken is simple and requires just a few ingredients. Served on its own or over rice, this buttery chicken dish is perfect any night of the week for a simple, quick dinner idea.

38 Lemon Pepper Chicken Recipe

Main Course Lemon Pepper Chicken Recipe
Total Time: 15 minutes
5 from 1 vote
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Easy Beef And Broccoli

DELICIOUS beef and broccoli recipe that everyone will love. This flavorful dish is perfect for your next dinner is easy to make too!

39 Beef and Broccoli Recipe

Main Course Beef and Broccoli Recipe
Total Time: 30 minutes
4.89 from 17 votes
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Cilantro Lime Chicken

This cilantro lime chicken is full of flavor and an easy weeknight meal. Fresh lime juice, cilantro, and loads of fresh garlic make a flavorful marinade! 

40 Cilantro Lime Chicken

Main Course Cilantro Lime Chicken
Total Time: 55 minutes

Recipe Video

5 from 16 votes
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Healthy Chicken Piccata

This “Skinny” chicken piccata is easy enough to make on a busy weeknight but also fancy enough to make when you have company over! Plus it’s a healthy version, which makes it even better!

41 Healthy Chicken Piccata Recipe

This "Skinny" Chicken Piccata is easy enough to make on a busy weeknight but also fancy enough to make when you have company over! Plus it's a skinny version, which makes it even better!
Main Course Healthy Chicken Piccata Recipe
Total Time: 40 minutes
5 from 18 votes
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Healthy Chicken Tortilla Soup

Nothing like a warm bowl of tortilla soup on a chilly winter day! This lighter version of chicken tortilla soup is healthy, flavorful, and packed with delicious ingredients.

42 Healthy Chicken Tortilla Soup Recipe

Main Course, Soup Healthy Chicken Tortilla Soup Recipe
Total Time: 8 hours 5 minutes
4.99 from 54 votes
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Zucchini Boats

Stuffed zucchini boats are filled with Italian sausage and tomatoes. They are a delish go-to healthy dinner idea.

43 Zucchini Boats Recipe

Main Course Zucchini Boats Recipe
Total Time: 35 minutes

Recipe Video

4.97 from 51 votes
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Lemon Garlic Chicken

This lemon garlic chicken is ready in 15 minutes or less! It’s a great weeknight chicken dinner that is full of flavor and tastes great over rice!

44 Lemon Garlic Chicken Recipe

Main Course Lemon Garlic Chicken Recipe
Total Time: 15 minutes

Recipe Video

5 from 26 votes
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Cobb Salad

This simple Cobb salad is so full of tasty ingredients it’s a meal all on it’s own. It is quick to make and utterly delicious.

45 Cobb Salad

Salad Cobb Salad
Total Time: 15 minutes

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5 from 12 votes
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Sunday dinners your family will love!

Nothing gathers your family together better than a delicious meal, and with so many great recipes to choose from you’re sure to find some new favorites on this list! Be sure to check out all of our Main Dish Recipes!

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11 Comments

  1. Jade says:

    Meal Planning became much easier with this list. My favorite is the Lemon Pepper Chicken and Beef Enchiladas.

    1. Lil'Luna Team says:

      So happy to hear that!

  2. Natasha says:

    I love these Sunday dinner recipes. I have tried the easy beef stroganoff and pot roast recipe and both were successful and they were a huge hit with my family. Thank you so much for sharing!

  3. Andie says:

    This is such a great spot for all the dinner recipes I could ever need! I have got my next who-knows-how many Sunday dinners on lock ALL IN ONE SPOT!! Thank you for this!

    1. Lil'Luna Team says:

      You’re welcome!!

  4. Sue says:

    I think I like the hosting tips as much as I like the recipes. Ive already implemented both!

  5. Laura Reese says:

    This post has the most fantastic recipes! We loved the pot roast.

  6. Agnes says:

    Pot roast or roasted chicken always feel so very Sunday dinner to me! However, I don’t think I could go wrong with anything on this list!

  7. jess says:

    this is the best post to help me think of different recipes to try so that im not always eating the same thing every week!

  8. Joy says:

    Sunday dinner is the one meal that I go the extra mile & make all the sides, appetizers, dessert, the whole shabang! We have made many of these recipes. They are always a hit with the whole family!

  9. Olivia says:

    I love all the ideas on your site! It makes meal planning so much easier. Thank you for making it so enjoyable.