Sunday Meals at Our Little House

Sundays are special dinner nights around Our Little House, another throwback from my childhood. Since my father worked two jobs throughout most of my childhood, it was the rare day when we all got to sit down to a real (and not the boxed or frozen) home cooked meal together.

Dale works long hours and though he is home throughout the week on most nights for dinner, we don’t have time to really take pleasure in the cooking together.

On Sunday, we typically split the dinner cooking. He usually does something on the grill, and I cook veggies, rice or potatoes. Or, when the weather permits, we cook everything on the grill or do Dutch oven cooking together.

If I’m cooking inside, he will help by chopping the veggies or trimming the meat.

We so look forward to our great Sunday creations, we typically joke on errand day at the store, “What kind of a crappy Sunday meal are we going to whip up this week!?”

This past weekend, we did Beer Butt Chicken, something we hadn’t done in a while and it was great.

I’ve written about many of our various Sunday dinners, so I thought I would compile a list of our favorites, all of which include the recipes.


Beer Butt Chicken

Brussels Sprouts (this will hook even the most ardent B.S. hater!)

Ribs ‘N Kraut

Bacon Wrapped Tenderloin

Meatless Lasagna

Chicken Tortilla Soup

Do you have favorite Sunday dinners? 

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26 Responses

  1. I like to make big meals on Sundays sometimes also. It is a rare day when all 4 of us sit down to eat together now with my daughter a busy college student. I like to make roast chicken for Sunday dinners.

  2. Sandra says:

    Since Hubby had quadruple bypass 6 yrs ago we have to adhere to a strict diet. No meat, chicken, pork or dairy. So cooking has become really fun because we are constantly trying new recipes. Recent ones are kale salads. This last weekend was a kale ceasar salad, dressing made from silken tofu. It turned out really great.

    • Kerri says:

      We’re just going to have to try kale again. The couple of times we did, it was pretty bitter. I’m glad you’re having fun trying new recipes, that’s a great attitude!

  3. HeatherL says:

    Now I have some new recipes to try.

  4. You’ve inspired me to try making the chicken tortilla soup~

  5. Sheryl M says:

    Sunday cooking is always special to us, whether it’s brunch, or early dinner. It seems there’s never time for cooking during the week, but Sunday’s the day that you can enjoy trying new things. I especially like having the time to cook breakfast on Sunday. I’m curious to know what secret ingredient goes into the Brussel Sprouts to make them tasty. I’m not a fan of them either.

    • Kerri says:

      Sheryl, it’s really not *what* is in the sprouts for my husband, who typically hates them, but how I prepare them now. Instead of leaving whole and boiling or steaming, I chop them fine and put butter and lemon pepper on them and bake them in parchment paper. This comes from Brette Sember’s “Parchment Paper Cookbook,” and excellent book!

  6. We try to make Sunday dinner special too. One of our favorite Sunday meals is stroganoff with spaetzle noodles.

  7. Living large with lovely, “crappy,” Sunday meals… what more could you ask for?! It is those special rituals that make life grand, isn’t it?

  8. Alexandra says:

    We used to do Sunday main meals at lunchtime when I lived in France, but not so much anymore.

  9. ChristineGL says:

    I’ve been doing Sunday dinners in the crockpot lately. A stew, or something like that. Nice to come home to after a day away!

    • Kerri says:

      Yes, if you’re going to be gone, crock pot cooking is excellent. I will sometimes even cook in the crock pot and we typically stay home all day. I love reading a book or something and smelling dinner cooking through the day.

  10. My mom was big on weekend breakfasts too, but yes … Sunday dinner was a “thing” in our Italian-American household.

    • Kerri says:

      We sometimes do breakfast, moreso when the girls were living with us. But it’s nice every once in awhile. We’re typically so exhausted from the week, we feel too lazy to do a big breakfast on Sunday morning!

  11. Jane Boursaw says:

    I love the name “Beer Butt Chicken.” And it looks yummy, to boot.

    Sunday was always nice dinner-time at our house when I was a kid, too. My mom made a lot of pork chops in the electric skillet.

    My husband does virtually all the cooking around here, and makes sure we all eat a nice dinner together every night. It’s really such a blessing.

  12. I agree. There’s something wonderful about having the time to cook a healthy meal and linger over it. Even the best restaurant experience doesn’t compare.

  13. Sheryl says:

    WE try to do Sunday dinner whenever we can. Now that my kids are out of the house, it’s a treat when they join us for a homecooked meal!