25+ Lazy Sunday Dinner Ideas (When You Don’t Feel Like Cooking)

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Don’t feel like cooking? Don’t worry. This list of 25+ lazy Sunday dinner ideas will be sure to save the day!


Best Sunday Dinner Ideas (When You Don’t Feel Like Cooking)

Sundays are meant for rest and relaxation, and what better way to unwind with the whole family than with a cozy and delicious meal? But after a long week of work or school, the last thing you want to do is spend hours in the kitchen.

That’s where lazy Sunday night dinners come in!

These meals are quick, easy, and require minimal effort, so you can focus on enjoying your evening without the stress of cooking. From one-pot meals to slow cooker options, there are plenty of Sunday dinner recipes to choose from.

So, kick back, relax, and let’s explore some easy dinner ideas that are perfect for the entire family.



So, What Makes A Lazy Dinner “Lazy”?

A lazy dinner is any dinner that doesn’t require much time, thought, or effort. This includes meals that have:

  • Simple ingredients
  • Quick cook time (30 minutes or less)
  • Little to no prep 
  • Easy/little skill



Save Time in The Kitchen With These Quick Tips!


Did you know it’s really simple to make your favorite go-to dinners easy and fast? Here are a few of my favorite quick tips for making dinner a breeze when I don’t feel like cooking.

Use a slow cooker

Slow cookers are a great way to cook dinner without much effort. Simply dump all of your ingredients into the slow cooker in the morning and it’s ready to go by dinner time. 

 A plus side to crockpot cooking is that you don’t need to be around while it’s cooking. If you often feel too tired to cook by the end of the day making dinner in the crockpot is the way to go.

Pro tip: Use these crockpot liners for mess free easy clean up!


Use an Instant Pot

Instant Pots (aka pressure cooker) are a game-changer to making food fast. Unlike a slow cooker, a pressure cooker doesn’t need all day to cook. In fact, they can cook a meal up to 6 times faster than cooking on a stovetop.

One of my favorite features of the Instant Pot is that you can saute food directly in it before pressure cooking. So, if you want to sear or cook your meat beforehand you don’t need a separate pan to do it in.

Pro tip: Use this cheat sheet for cook times, liquid ratios, temperature settings, and more for any meal in your instapot!

 Use precooked meat

Using pre-cooked meat is the way to go if you want to turn a regular dinner into a quick one. Some of my favorite ready-to-go meat options are:

  • Rotisserie chicken – It’s much cheaper to buy a rotisserie chicken and remove the meat yourself but recently I have seen lots of stores sell rotisserie chicken off the bone ready to go.
  • Precooked meatballs 
  • Shredded chicken breasts – I can often find packs of pre-cooked shredded chicken in the meat section like this.
  • Canned chicken
  • Steak strips (both frozen and fresh)


Use ready to go veggies-

Pre-prepped veggies are a must-have when it comes to making dinner quickly. You can easily find frozen and canned options for just about any vegetable but there are definitely a few that are an absolute must to keep on hand.

  • frozen bell peppers 
  • jarred minced garlic 
  • frozen diced onions – you can also find fresh pre-diced onions that can be helpful to use throughout the week.
  • Frozen avocados 
  • Guacamole cups – I love using the individual portion guacamole cups for quick meals. No waste and no browning.
  • Frozen chopped spinach 
  • Frozen crushed ginger cubes


25+ Lazy Sunday Dinner Ideas

Here is a list of our 25 most favorite Sunday dinner ideas.

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