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For some, Sunday Dinner (yes, with a capital D) means a fancy, sit-down affair with dishes you’ve spent all day cooking. In our case, what’s meant to be a relaxing family meal turns into a rush to finish chores while shoveling crackers into our mouth. Let’s change that once and for all. You don’t need to scrap the “impressive” part, but we don’t believe in spending all day in the kitchen either. These 38 Sunday dinner ideas are hearty, classic, quick and easy, and they feel like a feast (but sneakily take only a few minutes of your time). Oh, and the best part? Everyone at the table will actually eat them—a major plus.

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Erin McDowell

1. Easy One-Pan Ratatouille

While the traditional version is slow-cooked on the stove, this one is oven-roasted and delightfully hands-off. 

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2. Cheater’s Skillet Lasagna with Corn and Cherry Tomatoes

Let’s be honest: We don’t have time to stand over the kitchen counter layering pasta and homemade béchamel for hours. That’s why we love this easy version that has all the cheesy goodness you crave but gets loosely tossed together in a skillet.

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3. Instant Pot Vegan Farro Risotto

Stirring for 30 minutes? No, thanks. We’d much rather throw everything together in our favorite kitchen appliance and get the same creamy results.

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4. Cheater’s Slow-Cooker Beef Bourguignon

It takes hours to make melt-in-your-mouth beef bourguignon…unless you have your trusty slow cooker do all the work. 

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5. Pan-Fried Cod with Orange and Swiss Chard

News flash: Cooking seafood doesn’t have to be tricky and time-consuming. This pan-fried cod with orange and Swiss chard goes from fridge to table in 30 minutes.

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6. One-Pan Steak with Beets and Crispy Kale

Instead of cooking everyone’s steak individually to order, toss them on a sheet tray and roast them all at the same time.

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7. 30-Minute One-Pot Cheater’s Bouillabaisse

How do you shave 90 minutes of cooking time off this delicious Provençal seafood stew? Easy: Cook it in one pot with a smaller selection of seafood.

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8. One-Pan Spaghetti and Meatballs

We’ve figured out how to cook meatballs and pasta in the same damn pan. Bye, sink full of dishes.

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9. Slow-Cooker Whole Chicken with Potatoes

Whipping up a whole roast chicken at home is chic, classic and impressive—the ultimate trifecta. The only problem? You have to babysit it for hours while it cooks in the oven. Instead, simply stick it in the Crock-Pot, walk away and go about your day.

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10. Cheater’s Skillet Paella

All you need is a pan, your oven and one hour to transport your family to Spain. Might we recommend popping open a bottle of red wine for the occasion?

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11. Chrissy Teigen's Cheesy Chicken Milanese

Leave it to Teigen to reinvent the classic dish so it’s ready in under an hour—and it’s extra crispy and juicy.

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12. Cheater’s Vegetarian Pizza with Zucchini and Bell Peppers

This flavorful pie starts with store-bought seeded flatbread, meaning you don’t have to wrangle dough (or scope out the frozen food aisle).

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13. Skillet Steak with Asparagus and Potatoes

Bring the whole darn skillet to the dinner table and let everyone serve themselves. So much more fun than ordering steak out at a restaurant.

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14. 15-Minute Cheater’s Pad Thai

Don’t worry, you can buy all the ingredients at the regular supermarket—no trips to the international grocery store necessary.

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15. Baked Sesame-Ginger Salmon in Parchment

Love cooking, but hate doing dishes? Introducing your dream dinner: A complete meal that’s ready in 30 minutes, no pots or pans required.

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16. 30-Minute Cheater’s Beef Stroganoff

We’ve streamlined the classic dish so that it’s ready to enjoy just 30 minutes after your craving strikes.

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17. Red Shakshuka

There’s just something about eating red sauce on Sundays. This recipe is easy to whip up with just a few ingredients from the pantry.

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18. One-Pot, 15-Minute Pasta Limone

Just toss the ingredients into a pot and boil them. (Is it OK if we make this every night of the week?)

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19. Cheater’s White Wine Coq au Vin

Normally, you need Julia Child–level skills to pull off this classic French dish. But not today. Thanks to a few shortcuts, you can now drink the leftover white wine as you do some light lifting in the kitchen.

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20. 40-Minute Saag Paneer

Skip the coconut-and-cashew-laden versions and opt for something more authentic—like this easy recipe.

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21. Chicken Thighs with Pancetta and Green Olives

Our Sunday nights need more chicken and bacon. (You can make this with olives on the side if your kids won’t touch them.)

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22. Meyer Lemon and Pine Nut Fettuccine

Pasta al limone meets fettuccine alfredo? Yeah, we’re into it.

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23. Pork Chops with Italian Salsa Verde

A complete meal (pork chops! broccoli rabe! sweet potatoes!) all cooked on the same sheet pan. Katie Workman, this is genius.

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24. Amazing Easy Turkey Tacos

Let’s make Taco Sunday a thing. Behold Monique Volz’s kid-friendly turkey tacos that are incredibly easy to assemble.

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25. Sheet-Pan Chicken Shawarma with Lemon-Tahini Drizzle

If you’ve got picky eaters in the house, cook the veggies separately and let them top their chicken with whatever they’d like.

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26. Crispy Potato Tacos

Alejandra Graf knows a thing or two about kids’ eating, so we trust her when she says these crispy potato flautas are child-approved.

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27. Garlic Peppercorn Crusted Beef Tenderloin

Impress the whole crew with Gaby Dalkin’s garlic peppercorn-crusted beef tenderloin (it looks complicated but is actually pretty easy).

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28. Pasta with Tomato Sugo, Sausage and Smoked Cheese

Elevate your standard red sauce with Aida Mollenkamp’s take on fusilli alla salsiccia with sausage and smoked cheese.

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29. Spaghetti in Poblano Salsa

Your kid’s favorite meal is spaghetti, so you’ve eaten it approximately 235 times this month. Maybe she’ll at least try this green sauce made from poblano peppers to shake things up.

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30. BAKED SALMON WITH CRÈME FRAÎCHE

Heidi Larsen brings us a tried-and-true salmon dinner that’s as beloved by adults as it is kids. Plus, you’ll pack in those omega-3s.

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31. 30-Minute Pork Scallopini with Lemons and Capers

There’s a reason that pork scallopini is on the menu at almost every neighborhood Italian restaurant. Try it at home with this recipe from Heidi Larsen.

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32. Grilled Tuscan Steak

Prep the marinade for Jess Reilly’s grilled Tuscan steak on Friday; by Sunday, you’ll be able to grill up dinner in just a few minutes.

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33. Curried Potatoes, Lentils and Peas

This easy Indian-inspired curry combines hearty potatoes, creamy lentils and peas for a delicious meal you can scoop up with naan.

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34. Black Pepper and Lime Baked Wild Salmon with Snap Pea Slaw and Crispy Potatoes

The last time you tried to give your kid fish, he threw it on the floor. Put Jodi Moreno’s salmon on a hamburger bun, pile it high with slaw and it’ll be gone in ten minutes.

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35. Noodles with Peanut Sauce

Tell the kiddos it’s takeout and they’ll be really excited for these saucy noodles from Katie Workman.

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36. Honey Mustard Sheet-Pan Chicken with Brussels Sprouts

Maria Lichty knows how to get kids to eat their brussels sprouts: Serve them with honey-mustard chicken. (Or at least, you know, it’s worth a try.)

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37. Baked Mac and Cheese

Have you ever met a kid who didn’t love mac and cheese? (Or an adult, for that matter?) Take Maria Lichty’s advice and bake it with panko on top.

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38. One-Pan Chicken and White Beans with Tomatoes, Garlic and Herbs

Liz Harris claims that her one-pan chicken and white bean meal will solve all your dinner problems. We’re not going to debate it.

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