Whether you’re nursing a hangover from the night before, entertaining the kids with some early morning cartoons, or simply kicking your feet up for the remaining few hours you have left before preparing for your shift the next day, Sundays were always meant to be spent doing one thing and one thing only: chilling out.
Grab the remote, turn on some good quality television (or bad quality, if that’s your preference – we’re not going to judge you), kick back and relax for the day.
The only thought that should enter your semi-vacant, relaxed brain is what meal you will be cooking up in the next couple of hours. Depending on your level of culinary skills, this may be somewhat a stressful thought. You may even be considering giving in and ordering a takeaway: after all, it’s so easy these days to open up an app and place an order at any restaurant or fast food chain of your choice.
This may seem like an appealing idea, but come on, do you really want to waste your money when there is already plenty of food at home?
If you’re stuck for ideas, you’ve come to the right place. Here we have a list of 45 simple yet highly appetizing dishes you can create for yourself and your loved ones.
So, what are you waiting for? Let’s get started.
1. Bacon Wrapped Meatloaf
Starting off the list, we have included this tasty little twist on a classic family friendly dish that many have enjoyed for years. The bacon gives the meal a delicious, crunchy kick that will change the way you prepare meatloaf forever. All you need to do is wrap some seasoned ground beef with bacon, and place in the oven until it becomes crispy and golden!
2. Baha Fish Tacos
Who said you can only have tacos on Tuesdays? Not us! Sundays were created to enjoy easy, fun foods, and these fish tacos are a great place to start. Crispy battered cod in cushiony soft shells smothered in spicy salsa and a creamy cilantro ranch dressing: your tastebuds will thank you for considering this tasty recipe.
3. Baked Salmon with Mango Salsa
This creative combination of salty and sweet will create a flavorful explosion to be enjoyed by the whole family. If you’re looking for a new sauce to add alongside your favorite fish, you should definitely think about whipping up some mango salsa to dollop on top. If you have never tried a fruity fish combination in the past, now is the time to try it. You won’t regret it, we promise!
4. Beef Stew
Nothing makes a snuggly, cold Sunday afternoon better than a steaming hot bowl of stew. In the upcoming winter months, this is a recipe that should not be forgotten! This dish is so simple and easy to make, and could even be made by dumping all the ingredients into the slow cooker, allowing them to cook while you relax in front of the television. Success!
5. Cajun Shrimp and Grits
If you want to give your dish a well-needed spicy kick, cajun spices are your best friend. These delicious pieces of shrimp accompanied with melt-in-your-mouth creamy grits is an outstanding combination, one that you should definitely, at least, consider adding to your recipe book.
6. Cajun Shrimp with Tomato Alfredo Pasta
Here we have yet another hearty meal that will warm the hearts of everyone who places a single spoonful into their mouths. Pasta has always been the comfort food for so many, and by adding a little seafood, this carby concoction will surely win over everyone who even catches a glimpse of the dish.
7. Caribbean Coconut Mussels
The tropical vibes from this dish will make anyone feel like they’re relaxing on a blazing hot island, even if they are just sitting in their living room. This creamy, sweet curry with a seafood twist is absolutely to die for, and may very quickly become a new favorite of yours. Try using some crusty bread to mop up the excess sauce – trust us!
8. Carne Asada
When it comes to cooking up a flavorful, juicy steak, it all comes down to the preparation. Marinade your slab of meat with a load of garlic, lime juice, soy sauce, and a couple of herbs and spices to ensure it is bursting with flavor, and grill until it is so tender it will melt in your mouth, lathering your taste buds. Now, that is magical.
9. Cast Iron Ribeye with Garlic Mushrooms
Still feeling the steak vibes? We don’t blame you. Grab your iron skillet and get grilling, preparing your meat until it is cooked to your liking, whether you’re a medium rare or well-done kind of person (hey, we don’t judge). Add some mushrooms and garlic to the skillet, and allow all the juices to mix together. The only thing better than the taste is the smell.
10. Chicken Cacciatore
Chicken, tomatoes, peppers, mushrooms, olives… this Italian treat will warm the hearts and fill the stomachs of everyone involved. A truly hearty homemade meal that goes down a treat, and will give you that cozy, comfy feeling with every mouthful. The aroma will fill your house for hours, even after the food is long gone.
11. Chicken Tikka Masala
The ultimate comfort food for many, there isn’t much that can beat those tender, melt-in-your-mouth chunks marinated in its creamy, tangy sauce. Even those who struggle to handle their heat can appreciate a classic Chicken Tikka Masala, as it is just mild enough for anyone to enjoy, no matter what their tolerances are.
12. Chicken Tinga Tacos
Okay, let’s go back to talking about tacos! Whether you’re a hard shell or soft shell kind of person, you can mix things up with these tasty, tender finger foods. We believe that assembling your own food makes the experience way more interesting. It may get messy, but it’s all part of the fun, right?
13. Coq Au Vin
Nothing makes you feel fancier than eating a meal that you can’t pronounce properly, even if it is simply a hearty, easy-to-create stew in disguise. Tender roasted chicken drowning in a sultry wine sauce, mixed with some crispy bacon and all your favorite vegetables… our mouths are watering just thinking about it.
14. Creamy Bacon Lobster Tails
If we’re talking ‘fancy’ foods, nothing seems quite as fancy as a lobster tail. But what about a lobster tail swimming in a creamy, bacon infused sauce? Once you try this recipe, there may be no turning back: the creamy seafood dish will linger in your mouth and your mind long after the leftovers have disappeared.
15. Creamy Spinach Stuffed Salmon in Garlic Butter
While salmon is tasty no matter what, whether it is broiled, boiled, fried, or smoked, have you ever tried stuffing it? Your imagination will only take you so far. Try packing the fish with a creamy, garlicky, cheesy mix, and watch as it oozes out onto your dinner plate once being cut into. Once you stuff, there’s no going back.
16. Crockpot Barbacoa Pork
We all love a recipe that we can throw into the slow cooker for a couple of hours while we continue with the rest of our day. This tender pork will melt like butter in your mouth and is so versatile that it can be included in many meals of your choice. Pulled pork tacos? Stew? Sandwiches? The world’s your oyster, baby.
17. Dublin Coddle
Looking for fresh, new comfort food to warm your heart and soul? Well, top of the mornin’ to ya, friend: you should look no further than this rich Irish dish. Jam packed with fresh meat and veggies, the several flavors infused together are out of this world. This may well become a new family favorite.
18. Firecracker Salmon
Next up, we have more spicy seafood heading your way! Best served atop a bed of fluffy, flavorful rice, this sweet yet spicy slab of salmon will provide the heat that you have been craving for so long. While delicious, it is also packed with nutrients that your body will thank you for supplying itself.
19. Flank Steak Fajitas
Hey, did someone say ‘fajita night’? This quick and easy recipe requires barely any effort and still packs a whole lot of spice and flavor. No matter what your preferred fajita meat may be, you won’t regret folding these tender slices of beef into your soft, tortilla wraps along with some delicious peppers, onions, and tomatoes.
20. Gambas al Ajillo (Spanish Garlic Shrimp)
Grab some crusty bread and get ready to devour some garlicky seafood that packs a flavorful punch. If you’re considering hosting your own evening of tapas, this Spanish dish works great alongside a handful of other dishes, and is perfect for dipping and munching throughout the night. Delicioso!
21. Greek Meatballs
Who doesn’t love a meatball or two? These oval bite-size balls of meat are absolutely delicious, especially while marinated over time in a velvety wine sauce bursting with flavorful cinnamon, cumin, and tomatoey goodness. This is a recipe that you simply must remember for future dinner dates.
22. Hawaiian Chicken Kabobs
Light up the grill, and grab your kabob sticks: this Sunday, it’s time to get creative. Marinade your chicken in a zesty sauce while gathering up your favorite fruits and veggies, preparing to create some colorful, Hawaiian kabobs on skewers. This delicious, healthy treat will, no doubt, be adored by your family and friends. Don’t forget the pineapple!
23. Honey Garlic Shrimp
If you haven’t already noticed, we really love shrimp. Who doesn’t? These versatile little sea critters taste great with almost everyone, especially tasting amazing drenched in a sweet, garlicky glaze while served atop a bed of white rice. This Asian stir fry will allow a sweet aroma to fill the room, and the flavor is to die for.
24. Islander Pork
Another recipe that you can prepare within less than five minutes, and then you can relax for the rest of the day knowing that your crock pot will take care of the rest. Meat tastes its best when it has been slowly roasted overtime, and this slab of pork is no different, especially when drenched in this succulent sauce.
25. Italian Meatballs
While meatballs can be used in a wide range of different recipes, we all know where it truly belongs: marinated in a pot of marinara sauce, soaking in all those juicy, tomatoey, garlicky flavors. They can be eaten alone, of course, but you would be silly not to boil some spaghetti to mix in with this flavorful sauce. A true Italian classic.
Next up, we have a mouthwater classic with influences plucked from Spain, France, and Africa. Only one pot is needed to cook up this flavorful meal! Chicken, rice, shrimp, and chorizo are all stirred together to create bursts of spicy, immaculate flavors: what more could you want on a Sunday afternoon?
Another Italian classic, and the favorite comfort food of hundreds and thousands around the world. What could possibly compete with the several layers of tender, seasoned minced beef, creamy cheese sauce, and some tomatoey goodness packed with onions and garlic? Add a side of garlic bread, and you’re all set.
28. Lemon Garlic Butter Scallops
What, you’ve never cooked your own homemade scallops in your own kitchen before? Well, once you’ve tried it once, there is no going back. These are so much more than a fancy starter you may choose at a restaurant: drenched in a garlic, lemon sauce, these crispy scallops are packed with flavor.
29. Mediterranean Braised Chicken with Apricots
Another recipe with the perfect mix of salty and sweet, this tender chicken will be stewed to perfection within this rich, fruity sauce. Take yourself on a trip to the Mediterranean with this simple dish, embracing all of its delicious flavors and textures. You won’t regret giving this recipe a try!
30. Oven Baked Salmon with Parmesan Crust
This seafood dish holds the perfect textural combination of soft and crunchy, as well as packing immensely intense flavors within. The best part? Only six ingredients are needed to create this meal. So simple, yet so satisfying! There is no going back once you’ve tried salmon with this succulent, flaky crust.
This popular Spanish dish is so quick and simple to make in a hot skillet and will provide enough portions for you and your loved ones. The mixture of chorizo, seafood, crispy paella rice and smoky vegetables create a flavorful explosion that will keep you coming back for more!
32. Portuguese Mussels
If you’ve never tried mussels before due to not fancying the look or sound of them, you are 100% missing out. This tasty dish will change your life. Cooked in a delicious, salty sauce, these treats in a shell are absolutely out of this world, and are fairly simple to make. Give them a try! You’ll never know unless you don’t give them a taste.
33. Psari Plaki – Greek Baked Fish
The tasty seafood goodness on this list is off the charts, and Psari Plaki is definitely no exception. This gorgeous Greek dish is made by baking white fish in a fresh, delicious sauce filled with Mediterranean flavors, and is best served with a side of crusty bread to mop up the remaining few puddles of sauce. The flavors are out of this world.
34. Roasted Chicken with Garlic and Herbs
So much can be done with a whole roasted chicken: the possibilities are truly endless. Before placing the chicken in the oven, marinade it with creamy garlic butter, and allow it to soak up the juices before roasting it to perfection. The overall flavor will only be matched by its savory aroma.
35. Shrimp Pad Thai
Of all the delicious Pad Thai recipes in the world – of which, there are so many – you must try making it with some juicy shrimp, lightly fried with rice noodles, lime juice, and all your favorite veggies. Add some peanuts for some extra salty, nutty flavoring. Treat yourself to a flavorsome Pad Thai this Sunday!
36. Shrimp Tacos
Oh, you thought we were finished with the taco ideas? Wrong. Next up we have an equally tasty seafood variant that can be tucked into a soft (or hard) tortilla shell, along with some delicious, fresh vegetables. Aside from the unbelievable flavor, the best part about making tacos has to be how easy they are to make. No time to waste!
37. Slow Cooker Pot Roast
Nothing says ‘Sunday’ like a beautifully prepared roast dinner. While you may do a great job at preparing the meat and vegetables and roasting them to perfection in the oven, why not consider chucking them into a slow cooker and (almost) calling it a day? It saves time, and the end result is just as delicious, as we promise.
38. Smothered Pork Chops
Pork chops will always be a vast favorite, but no one wants to eat them dry (well, not many people, at least). Try cooking these pieces of meat in a delicious, flavorful gravy, allowing them to soak up the juices and absorb the many flavors, creating an even tastier meal when it is finally finished cooking. You won’t regret trying this one.
39. Southern Fried Chicken
Who doesn’t love fried chicken, huh? While so many of us are huge fans of that one particular fast food chain that provides immediately fried chicken (the kind you find in Kentucky), none of us want to leave our cozy homes on a Sunday. Make your own from scratch! With the right herbs and spices, you can create your own chicken that will certainly make you want to lick your fingers afterwards.
40. Sticky Oven Barbeque Ribs
If your mouth isn’t drooling at the immediate thought of tender, dripping barbeque ribs, you must be doing something wrong. These ribs slathered in a sticky, sweet, barbeque sauce are all you need to fully embrace a Sunday at home, providing that you have plenty of napkins available for this messy consumption.
41. Supreme Pizza
You may be thinking, ‘how come they haven’t mentioned pizza on this list yet?’. Well, now we have, and it was always bound to happen. The ideal takeaway food. However, again, why waste your money ordering a pizza when you can make your own equally delicious one at home? Plus, it is such a fun activity for the whole family to take part in. Let’s make some pizzas!
42. Swedish Meatballs
Anyone who has made a visit to IKEA recently knows that there is one main reason that we look forward to going there, and it’s not to shop for DIY furniture: it’s to get some of those famous Swedish meatballs. Make your own at home! The special gravy is so simple to make yourself, and will taste amazing. Just make sure you have some cranberry jelly at the ready.
43. Swiss Steak
The best kinds of meals are the ones that require the least amount of preparation and clean-up… well, maybe this isn’t true, but it certainly adds to the enjoyment. By using only one pot, you can create your own tasty Swiss steak, thoroughly marinated and cooked in a mouthwatering tomatoey sauce, within no time at all.
44. Thai Red Chicken Curry
If there was ever a time to thoroughly enjoy a hot, creamy curry, it is on a Sunday. This beautiful, bold dish is a hit every time, and tastes great no matter which extra ingredients you decide to throw in. Mix in your favorite vegetables, and serve up a big bowl of delicious curry for each member of your household. A true favorite of the masses.
45. Zuppa Toscana
To finish up the list, we’ll end with an entry that will surely tickle your taste buds in the best way possible. Nothing makes a more hearty meal on a cold, cosy evening than a steaming bowl of soup. You can find this meal on the Olive Garden menu, but what’s stopping you from making your own variant at home?
Save yourself some money and enjoy it from the comfort of your own couch.
While a takeaway may be easier to get quick access to, there is nothing quite like your own home cooking. Not only do you know exactly what ingredients go into the finished product, but you can bask in the satisfaction that you are eating something that you created yourself!
Hard work pays off, but in this case, no hard work is required: each of these meals is so quick and simple to create, but still tastes amazing once they are completed and ready to serve.
Don’t waste your money on takeaways or eating out when you are capable and talented enough to make it yourself. Save your pennies, and pay yourself with some hard earned satisfaction at the end of your cooking experience.