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Sunday dinner is a time for family and friends to gather and enjoy the company of one another. It’s also a chance to get some home cooking in that you may have been wanting to try, or perhaps it’s something you’ve been meaning to make but haven’t had time before. Either way, Sunday dinner is a great opportunity to get the whole family together and chat about the events of the week!
Traditional Sunday Dinner Ideas
Sunday dinner just may be my very favorite meal of the week.
We usually set the dinner table a little nicer than we do the rest of the week and it just puts everyone in a better mood. There is nothing better than gathering the family around the table for a delicious, traditional Sunday dinner. We’ve got recipes for Sunday dinners that won’t drain your pocketbook, but will sure make it feel like more of an event than just another day in your week.
We love making slow cooker Sunday dinners because we can walk in from our church meetings and smell the delicious aromas throughout the house. There is just something about Sunday dinner that sets a positive tone for the upcoming week. It’s all about family, togetherness, and straight-up comfort food.
Pot Roast or Beef
In my opinion, nothing quite says “Traditional Sunday Dinner” quite like a traditional pot roast.
There are so many different ways to cook a Sunday pot roast and you can’t go wrong with any of them.
Crock Pot Roast is a favorite of many because you can throw it all in the Crockpot and let is slow cook all day.
Or even try our Crock Pot Steak and Gravy.
If you are in more of a hurry, you can make an Instant Pot Pot Roast in a fraction of the time and get the same tender, juicy results.
If you are more of a traditionalist, you can always make a Pot Roast in the oven. This is the way our mom would always make it before slow cookers and Instant Pots were a thing.
Sample Roast Dinner Menu
- Instant Pot Pot Roast
- Potatoes and Carrots (cooked with the roast)
- Nuts About Berries Salad
- Homemade Rolls
- Instant Pot Chocolate Lava Cake
Much like pot roast, pork chops can be made in several different ways and make a great traditional sunday dinner.
Our favorite way to make pork chops for Sunday dinner is in the Crock Pot.
Crock Pot pork chops have been a family favorite of ours for years and it only takes 4 easy ingredients to make them!
Once again, if you find yourself in a hurry (or you forgot to put the pork chops in the Crock Pot on time) you can make these Instant Pot Pork Chops. Same flavor and fall-apart goodness in far less time!
Sample Pork Dinner Menu
- Crock Pot Pork Chops
- Baked Potato (or Mashed)
- Roasted Vegetable Medley
- Rosemary Parmesan Focaccia Bread
- Cheesecake with Raspberry Sauce
Who says turkey is only for Thanksgiving dinner?
When we were growing up, we actually had turkey quite often for Sunday dinner.
In fact, if you asked any of us what our favorite Sunday dinner was growing up (and still is) we would all say our Mom’s turkey dinner.
Below is the EXACT dinner menu that we would always have. Give it a try! It will be as if you are transported to our childhoods (minus the bad perms and big bangs).
Sample Turkey Dinner Menu
- Roasted Turkey
- Mashed Potatoes (and our famous turkey gravy)
- Buttered Corn
- Homemade Dinner Rolls
- Lemon Meringue Pie
The nice thing about having ham for Sunday dinner is that you really only just have to reheat it. It is already precooked and ready to go! For a fancy holiday-style dinner, try our delicious glazed
Sample Ham Dinner Menu
- Crock Pot Ham with Maple and Brown Sugar
- Cheesy Potato Casserole (aka Funeral Potatoes)
- Sauteed Sweet Asparagus
- Homemade Crescent Rolls
- Blueberry Jell-O salad
There are so many ways you can go with a Sunday chicken dinner. You can always do your typical grilled or baked chicken but for Sunday we like to put in a little more effort. Some of our favorites are: Oven Fried Chicken (pictured above), Chicken Cordon Bleu, Chicken in Basil Cream Sauce, Lemon Pepper Chicken and Malibu Chicken. We included some ideas for sides below that will go well with ANY of these chicken dishes.
Sample Chicken Dinner Menu
- Chicken Fried Chicken
- Parmesan Baked Potato Halves (or mashed potatoes)
- Roasted Green Beans
- Honey Whole Wheat Bread
- Better Than Sex Cake
Ok, fish may be slightly non-traditional but sometimes it is nice to switch it up just a little.
Usually fish is served with some kind of rice dish and some steamed or roasted vegetables, we have listed a great sample Sunday dinner menu below.