Are you looking for quick meals with few ingredients and easy-to-follow recipes? We’ve got you covered with 30 lazy Sunday dinner recipes including pasta, sandwich, toast, sauce, dip, and salad ideas.
These easy meals are low-effort, time-efficient, and beginner-friendly. You’ll be surprised by what you can cook, or mix together with pantryingredients, and basic spices.
Browse through this list, and take your pick: from easyand healthy grain bowls, and quick pasta, to one-pot meals – all of them ready in 20 minutes. Hopefully, you’ll find a new lazy Sunday dinner favorite reading through this list!
LAZY Sunday DINNERS IN 20 MINS
Here's a selection of the easiest and quickest recipes, perfect for lazy (and busy) days.
These meals are family-friendly, vegetarian-friendly, and do not require any cooking skills (apart from boiling the water for pasta).
We start our lazy Sunday dinner list with a no-cookingrecipe: creamyavocadospread. You need just 5 minutes of prepping and blending, toasted bread, and little sesame seeds, chickpeas, or dicedtomatoes on top.
RigatoniArrabbiata is a creamy and supereasyItalianpasta dish with a spicy tomato sauce. This is a simple yet tasty recipe that you can make in just about 20 minutes with pantry ingredients. Little effort but maximum flavor!
Sauteedzucchini is a stovetop recipe that you can make in 15minutes! It's a great way to enjoy a lazy Sunday evening while still getting a tasty and nourishingmeal. Top the zucchini toast with basil, pine nuts, or seeds, and enjoy this Italian-inspiredbruschetta!
Guacamole is a 5-minuteMexicandip that you can serve as an easy snack or appetizer with nachos. Upgrade it to a meal by spreading it in a burrito, sandwich, or on toast. It's easy, fulfilling, and super tasty.
Breakfastfordinner is on the menu with this 5-minute tofu scramble mixed with veggies and easily thrown together in a pan. If you're feeling lazy, this is a plant-based and super easy dinner idea, great for toast and crispy bread.
Prick a sweet potato and press 8 minutes of your microwave - and dinner is served! This microwavesweetpotato can be eaten with a little butter, salt, a quick couscous-parsley mix, or whatever sauce or condiment you have in your fridge.
Creamy pasta in 20minutes with roasted pepper sauce and rigatoni pasta. Get your jar of bell pepper, almonds, and canned tomatoes - blend it, and mix the pesto sauce with pasta! It's a quick and beginner-friendly pasta meal!
Marinara sauce is great as a dip (breadsticks, crostini) and also as a 5-minute sauce for spaghetti. You'll have a tastyItalianmeal with little effort, and you can easily add a can of chickpeas or leftoverprotein from your fridge on top.
Use breadleftovers in a creative (and no-cookingneeded) manner with this Italian Panzanella recipe. Eat it as is, or serve it next to a dip of your choice, such as guacamole, hummus, or white bean dip.
This 10-minuteavocadosalad is creamy, crunchy, and refreshing, and it's all you need for a quick lunch or lightlazydinner during the hot summer months. Add a can of drained and rinsed chickpeas or lentils to make it a complete and fulfilling meal.
Bruschetta is mainly served as an appetizer, but many people in Italy eat it for dinner, topped with different vegetables and leftovers from their lunch, and served with a salad on the side. Try this sauteedeggplant bruschetta made on a pan in less than 20minutes, it's a low-effort yet delicious dinner idea.
Another lazypasta meal is this 20-minuteartichoke pasta that is creamy, tangy, and packed with tender artichoke hearts. It's an easy yet restaurant-worthyeverydaymeal made with jarred artichoke and fusilli pasta.
Get a quick and easypastadinner with this delicious meal ready in lessthan20minutes. You can make hummus pasta with homemade hummus or your favoritestore-boughtbrand, and optionally, add pan-fried mushrooms on top.
Mashed chickpea salad is a quick and easy recipe made with canned chickpeas. It's the perfect replacement for tuna in a sandwich, to fill a baked sweet potato, on a slice of bread, or with a baked potato and chives on top.
It really takes just 20minutes to make this delicious and refreshing pasta dish with spinach and lemon. You need only eightsimpleingredients, a pot, and a pan, and you'll enjoy a springypastadinner in no time!
Meal-prep-friendly and colorful, this pasta salad is a 20-minute lazy dinner idea for spring and summer. You can prep the veggies and dressing in the time it takes to boil your pasta, and mix it all together in a big salad bowl.
Air fryer potatoes are an excellent side dish with a tender, almost butterycore and with a finger-licking good, salty, crispy skin. Serve them with mayonnaise, and ketchup as a snack, or appetizer. They have a pleasant rosemaryaroma and they're perfect for lazy Sundays.
This is a terrific recipe for everydaydinners because it's tasty and fulfilling, and you can make it in literally the time it takes to boil the pasta. The secret to that is to cook the kale with the pasta, in the same pot, at the same time. As a result, the kale gets soft and creamy, and the pasta gets flavorful.
This pastaputtanesca is one of those meals that makes you wonder how a few simple ingredients like tomatoes, olives, and capers can make such a tasty sauce. Perfect as a lazymeal, and withoutmeat, fish, or dairy, and ready in about the time it takes to boil the pasta.
This20-minute pasta is perfect for when you're short on time, you can make the kalepestopastasauce in a few minutes. And if you want to add more veggies, try tossing in some roasted pumpkin. It's delicious!
Here's a chickpea pasta salad that is quick and healthy made with fresh and nutritious ingredients in less than 20minutes. You'll love this healthy recipe because it's tasty, nourishing, and fulfilling, with wholesome plant-basedprotein, fresh veggies, and healthy fats.
If you can find a can or two of cannellini beans in yourpantry, you're in luck! Make this whitebeandip as a snack, and serve it with pita and veggie sticks. Or use it as a spread in a sandwich with cucumber and tomatoes for a quick and satiatingdinneridea.
Serving of french fries with ketchup, mustard, and mayo.
How to store these easy meals
How to store: Most of these meals keep for 1 day in the refrigerator, best if stored in an airtight container.
How to freeze: You can also freeze most of these meals for up to 3 months (although not salads, and uncooked meals). To freeze them, let them cool down first, then transfer them to a freezer-friendly container, leaving some space to allow them to expand.
Howtoreheat: Thaw in the microwave or in a pot on the stovetop. Before serving, garnish with fresh herbs. Always refer to the individual recipes for exact guidance.
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These easy meals are low-effort, time-efficient, and beginner-friendly. You'll be surprised by what you can cook, or mix together with pantryingredients, and basic spices.This avocado spread recipe is wholesome and nutritious, and you can make it in a few minutes with the help of a food processor.
Cut the avocado in half, remove the pit, and score its flesh with the tip of a knife. Then, scoop the flesh out and add it to a food processor.
Peel the garlic, cut it in half lengthwise, and remove its core, if any, with the tip of a knife. Next, slice the garlic and add it to the food processor.
Add the rest of the ingredients to the food processor: tahini, freshly squeezed lemon juice, salt, and black pepper.
Pulse until you reach your desired texture. You might have to stop once or twice to scrape down the sides of the food processor. We think the avocado spread should be almost completely smooth, without too many avocado pieces.
Taste, adjust for salt and lemon juice, then transfer to a bowl and serve as a dip or a spread.
Avocado spread | use it for Avocado Toast + Avo Dip
Nutrition information is for 1 large portion of out 4.Don’t have a food processor? No worries. You can make this recipe with a blender, potato masher, and even with a fork, mashing the avocado first, then adding in the other ingredients.