When it comes to everyday weeknight dinners, we’re all about simplicity and ease. We love all our kitchen gadgets (air fryers! instant pots! slow cookers!) that help meals come together quickly so we can get dinner on the table fast. But on the weekends when we’ve got more time, we like to make more elaborate meals to share with our families and loved ones. Get inspiration from our list of 43 Sunday dinner ideas that are sure to impress.
When we think of an impressive main dish, the first thing that comes to mind is roast meat. We’ve got tons of options for you here, like an entire roast chicken, beef brisket, a rack of lamb, roast beef, a glazed spiral ham, and a pork loin roast. Don’t be intimidated, we’ve laid out all the tips and tricks you’ll need to succeed. Trust us, once you try one of these recipes, you’re going to want to make them every week! Not serving a crowd? Try one of our delicious meat dishes more fit for a smaller meal, like our coq au vin or beef bourguignon. They’re famous recipes for a reason (and super romantic, if that’s your thing).
When we’re gearing up for the week ahead, we really crave pasta (like carb-loading for the workweek rat race maybe?). We’ve included a number of our favorite protein-filled pasta dishes here, like beef stroganoff, lemon chicken asparagus pasta, and miso bolognese. If you’ve never attempted something like chicken pot pie or beef wellington because it seemed too involved, no time like this weekend!
Speaking of time, we know that making adjustments to your diet is WAY easier when you control what goes into your food. If weekdays are for meat-heavy takeout lunches and delivery dinners, on the weekends try your hand at a vegetarian or vegan dish, like our vegetarian moussaka or vegan meatloaf. You might even find a new favorite among these recipes.
For more dinner inspiration, check out our favorite weeknight dinners too.