Sausages and grapes (recipe in the comments)
Whole wheat cous cous
Arugula salad with balsamic dressing
Oatmeal raisin cookies
This is a long standing favorite. We've made this since early in our time in California. I think of this as one of the first really unusual dishes we ever made, launching a career of non-traditional favorites. I'm not sure if that's true - maybe we'd been making tons of unconventional stuff, but in my mind this was a watershed recipe. It's actually a traditional northern Italian combination and unbelievably simple. You brown sliced sweet Italian sausage (we use chicken) in a skillet, add garlic and saute until beginning to brown, and then add whole grapes to heat through. The result blends the spices in the sausage with the sweetness of the garlic and the grapes. Yum. You can use green or purple grapes - we've done both.
Difficulty: Super easy
Chopping: Garlic, sausage
Time: 25 minutes
Make ahead: Do this last minute.
J: "Still feels gourmet!"
M: "So good and so simple."