If you want simple and smart, pick up the stuffed grape leaves from the refrigerated section of Roots Market in Clarksville. RDA Doc taught me about these. I'm naturally cautious about most prepared foods, especially at the prices at organic markets that compete with Whole Foods. But the Roots stuffed grape leaves are a terrific convenience food -- packets that taste of the grape leaves, rice and mild spices. Fresh, clean flavor. No oiliness. No tinny taste that ruins most canned grape leaves.
Check out Roots for an easy -- although still pricey -- dinner of grape leaves, olives, cheese and bread. Maybe some hummus that you could buy at a cheaper joint. Roots has the best selection of cheese in
Howard County, and they sell good breads as long as you read the labels to see whether the baguettes and other breads were delivered that day. Check out the refrigerated section for other dips, salads and items that could make your weeknight easier. You can fill a tray -- and several stomachs -- with a few bowls, a plate of stuffed grape leaves, and a chunk of Stilton or some other assertive cheese.
If you're feeling really flush, check out the baklava bites in the open refrigerated case near the cheese. RDA Doc served them, and they're spectacular. A bit much for my everyday dinner, but the closest that I have found here to the Middle Eastern bakery that I left behind in Virginia.