You had such an amazing weekend hanging out with your family…but you left all the chores until the last minute, so instead of having a relaxing Sunday dinner together, you’re shoveling crackers into your mouth while you finish up the ironing, pay the bills and do the laundry. Let’s change that: Here are 18 quick and easy Sunday dinners that feel like a feast. (Oh, and your kids will actually eat them—a major plus.)
1. 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.)
2. Meyer Lemon and Pine Nut Fettuccine
Pasta al limone meets fettuccine alfredo? Yeah, we’re into it.
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. 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.
6. Baked Salmon with Creme Fraiche
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.
7. Crispy Potato Tacos
Ale Graf knows a thing or two about kids’ eating, so we trust her when she says these crispy potato flautas are child-approved.
8. Spaghetti in Poblano Salsa
Your kid’s favorite meal is spaghetti, so you’ve eaten it approximately 235 times this month. Maybe she’ll least try this green sauce made from poblano peppers to shake things up.
9. 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).
10. 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.
11. 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.
12. 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.
13. 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.)
14. Grilled Tuscan Steak Recipe
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.
15. Noodles with Peanut Sauce
Tell the kiddos it’s takeout and they’ll be really excited for these saucy noodles from Katie Workman.
16. Black Pepper and Lime Baked Wild Salmon with Snap Pea Slaw and Crispy Carrots
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 and pile it high with slaw and it’ll be gone in ten minutes.
17. Baked Mac and Cheese
Have you ever met a kid who didn’t love mac and cheese? (And, OK, an adult, for that matter?) Take Maria Lichty’s advice and bake it with panko breadcrumbs on top.
18. One-Pan Chicken and White Beans with Tomatoes, Garlic and Herbs
Liz Harris claims that her masterpiece will solve all your dinner problems. We’re not going to debate it.