25+ Traditional (& Easy) Sunday Dinner Ideas (+ meal plans)


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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.

Pair your next Sunday dinner with any of our easy side dishes, salads, and/or breads. Don’t forget to finish it off with dessert!

Pot Roast or Beef

Sunday pot roast with potatoes and carrots on a platter

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

Pork Chops

Sauce being spooned over pork chops made in the crock pot with a side of mashed potatoes.

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


Turkey on a cutting board with mashed potatoes and gravy

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


Large ham with cider glaze and cranberries

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

Christmas Ham recipe (pictured above). We also love our Copycat Honey Baked Ham recipe. All of our ham recipes are so flavorful, tender, and delicious! You can’t go wrong with any of them!

Sample Ham Dinner Menu


Oven Fried Chicken on a white plate with baked potato wedges

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


Lightly breaded cod in cream sauce being pulled apart with a fork to show flaky texture

Ok, fish may be slightly non-traditional but sometimes it is nice to switch it up just a little.

Some of our favorite Sunday fish dinners are: Baked Cod in Cream Sauce, Cilantro Lime Grilled Halibut, Parmesan Herbed Baked Mahi Mahi, and Pecan Crusted Salmon.

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.

Sample Fish Dinner Menu

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Erica Walker

Erica lives in Boise, Idaho with her husband, Jared, an attorney, and her three beautiful girls. Beyond the world of recipes, she loves adventuring with everything from kayaking, to cruising, to snowboarding and taking the family along for the thrill ride.

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  1. 5 stars
    This was so helpful. Added a few recipes to my “to make” list to help change up my weekly menus. Looking forward to trying!

  2. 5 stars
    These are great ideas, so helpful to have a whole menu plan for each protein too. Trying out the fish menu asap – especially because of the key lime pie! 😉

  3. We have roast beef and mashed potatoes every Sunday. I love the other ideas, especially the pork chops.

  4. This is so helpful! Each plan has everything you need for a full meal! Can’t wait to try that chicken fried chicken!

  5. So many delicious ideas! I really appreciate the menu planning too – it all sounds fantastic, and wonderful combinations of dishes! We look forward to trying some!