23 Lazy Sunday Dinner Ideas

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Spend extra time with your loved ones this weekend instead of in the kitchen with these lazy Sunday Dinner ideas! Featuring pasta, rice, stir-fries, sandwiches, and soups.

It’s been a long week; now it’s time to regroup and reset before Monday! 

These lazy Sunday dinner ideas are the perfect solution for a feel-good meal that is quick and easy to make, giving you more time to enjoy your weekend. Let them please your taste buds in record time! 

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Instant Pot Pasta
No need to boil and strain; this pasta comes together in one instant pot and sauces itself! Dry pasta mixes with the liquids, veggies, and seasoning, resulting in ready-to-eat, oh-so-delicious pasta made in half the time!
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Chickpea Salad Sandwich
Open your pantry and reach for your trusted can of chickpeas to make a mouth-watering sandwich in only 10 minutes! This family-favorite meal is a simple combination of mashed chickpeas, celery, vegan mayonnaise, and onions. Complete on toast with salad greens, it’s a well-rounded meal in record time.
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Thai Vegetable Stir Fry
Stir-fried veggies with marinated tofu are a fantastic go-to meal. This quick recipe is packed with colorful produce and Thai-inspired flavor. A one-wok dish that can easily be customized with the veggies you have on hand.
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Quick Bean Burrito
Lean into your Mexican cravings with this 15-minute bean burrito! It is a family-friendly recipe balanced with fiber, protein, and fats. A nutritious meal that's both fresh and tasty.
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Silken Tofu Scramble
Enjoy a playful dinner by indulging in a breakfast favorite! This silken tofu scramble will comfort you and takes only a few minutes to cook. A pinch of black salt gives the tofu a rich sulfur flavor that tastes like chicken eggs – the perfect lazy dish to impress your non-vegan friends.
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Green Curry Fried Rice
Create a flavorful Thai-inspired stir fry in only 20 minutes! This veggie-packed dinner has a green curry aroma and is a perfect way to use leftover cooked rice. It is an easily customizable dish the whole family will love.
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Veggie Grilled Cheese
The weekends are a time to enjoy your comforting favorites. This grilled cheese sandwich is dripping with melted cheese, stuffed with veggies and sliced smoked tofu; it's a gourmet sandwich that takes only 20 minutes to make!
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Mexican Quinoa
Take pleasure in only cleaning one pan with this Mexican quinoa dinner! A tasty combination including black beans, quinoa, corn, avocados, cilantro, and spices, this medley of flavor is an ideal lazy evening meal.
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Black Bean Salsa Burgers
This spicy black bean burger is made with only four ingredients! The world's easiest homemade veggie patty, perfect for a lazy Sunday night. This tasty patty can be paired with your favorite toppings and fluffy bread buns – so good!
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Vegan Chili Mac
Combine two family-favorite recipes in one comforting bowl. Indulge your inner child and lazy day attitude with this chili mac. A combination of bean-rich chili and cheesy macaroni, this fusion meal is a keeper!
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Fried Rice With Egg
This straightforward fried rice is a beautiful comfort meal made with few ingredients. The classic flavors of the rice are enriched with a tofu scramble, giving the whole dish a classic takeout flavor!
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Greek Tofu Fry Wraps
Sink your teeth into a tasty Greek-inspired wrap with this tofu gyro. Seared marinated tofu is interlaced with rustic homemade garlic fries and served in a warm pita with yogurt sauce. A fun recipe that will hit the spot – meal-prep-friendly.
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Sheet Pan Gnocchi And Veggies
A simple sheet pan dinner is an enjoyable Sunday meal. This gnocchi and veggie dish is quickly baked in the oven, allowing the flavors to mingle as they cook. Chopped red onion and cherry tomatoes add a beautiful pop of color that will have your eyes feasting along with your tummy!
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Skillet Enchiladas
Scoop yourself a heaping serving of this one-pan skillet enchiladas. A deconstructed variation of your Mexican-inspired favorite, this dish is packed with spice, flavor, and fun textures. Ready in only 30 minutes!
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Hash Browns With Tofu and Kale
Enjoy breakfast-for-dinner with this hearty hash brown with tofu and kale sheet pan recipe. A simple one-pan meal that tastes like brunch! Enjoy with a sprinkle of paprika for an added warmth.
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Frozen Vegetable Stir Fry
Keep it simple with this vegetable stir fry. A hack recipe using time-saving mixed frozen veggies and a quick homemade sauce, this hot dish is better than Chinese takeout and ready in less than 30 minutes!
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Jackfruit Carnitas
Plan ahead with this slow cooker carnitas and have dinner ready to enjoy whenever you are hungry! “Meaty” jackfruit slowly simmers in a flavor-enhancing bath of spices, salsa, lime juice, and jalapeno. When it’s dinner time, simply enjoy the jackfruit nestled into a tortilla – so easy.
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Slow Cooker Jackfruit Carnitas
Savory Oatmeal
If you haven’t tried savory oatmeal yet, now is your chance to enjoy fiber-rich oats at any time of the day! This bowl is seasoned with cheesy nutritional yeast, veggies, and scrambled tofu. So hearty and satisfying!
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Mexican Rice Casserole
This delicious casserole is brimming with familiar Mexican flavors. This dump-and-bake rice is an aromatic one-dish dinner that the whole family will love. It's delicious and blended with salsa, beans, corn, and vegan cheese!
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Bruschetta Pasta
The beloved flavors of Italy add fresh vibrancy to this simple, earthy pasta. Tomato, garlic, and quality EVOO cling to each perfectly cooked noodle for a quick and easy dinner that tastes like a holiday in Italy!
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Bruschetta Pasta
Broccoli And Zaatar Chickpeas
This broccoli and zaatar chickpeas is a Middle-Eastern-inspired dish ready in only 20 minutes! The perfectly seasoned vegetables and legumes sit atop a punchy yogurt sauce that is comforting and cool – so trendy!
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Pinto Bean Soup
Warm your Sunday dinner table with an economical and filling bowl of tasty pinto bean soup. Made with various spices and herbs, this hearty bean stew is earthy and smokey in flavor. A rich dish that goes great with a slice of crusty warm bread – so delicious!
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Creamy Vegan Pasta
This pasta is packed with umami flavor! Tender, chewy pasta is drenched in coconut cream and enhanced with flavorful sundried tomatoes. A kid-friendly dinner that is ready in only 15 minutes — so easy!
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23 Lazy Sunday Dinner Ideas

by Alena Schowalter
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Spend extra time with your loved ones this weekend instead of in the kitchen with these lazy Sunday dinner ideas! Featuring pasta, rice, stir-fries, sandwiches, and soups
Serves 3


  • 1 cup red lentils dry
  • 1 large onion diced
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 tablespoon ginger grated
  • 1 large tomato diced
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • ½ teaspoon coriander
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper
  • 4 cups vegetable broth or water
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • Fresh cilantro chopped (for garnish)
  • 1 lemon cut into wedges (for serving)


  • In a large pot, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the onion, garlic, and ginger, and sauté until the onions are translucent and fragrant, about 3-5 minutes.
  • Stir in the turmeric, cumin, coriander, and cayenne pepper. Cook for about 1 minute until the spices are fragrant. Add the diced tomato and cook for another 2-3 minutes until the tomatoes begin to break down.
  • Next, add the red lentils and vegetable broth to the pot. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low and simmer, covered, for about 20 minutes, or until the lentils are tender and the dahl has thickened. Stir occasionally to prevent sticking.
  • Season with salt and pepper to taste. Adjust the consistency by adding more water if it’s too thick, or cook a little longer uncovered if it’s too thin.
  • Remove from heat and divide between serving bowls. Garnish with chopped cilantro and lemon wedges on the side. Enjoy!


  • This recipe works really well for meal prep and can be enjoyed over a couple of days when stored properly in the fridge.
  • Add as much or as little spice as you want and pair this dahl with rice or naan.
  • Find 20+ more lazy Sunday dinner ideas in the article above.
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Indian
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Hi, I'm Alena Schowalter — a Certified Vegan Nutritionist who has been a vegetarian since childhood and vegan since 2012. Together with my husband, I founded nutriciously in 2015 and have been guiding thousands of people through different transition stages toward a healthy plant-based diet. I enjoy discussions around vegan ethics, walks through nature, and creating new recipes. Read more about us here.

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