Inexperienced in the kitchen- what to cook for "thank you" meal?

I promised to cook a treat/'thank you' meal either tonight or tomorrow for the couple I've been staying with, but have no idea what my lack of experience would permit me to make. I am really scared of whipping something up and it being totally tasteless or just plain gross.

What can all you serious cooks out there recommend as a simple but delicious meal to serve for dinner?
(Preferably nothing with bacon, and if possibly I would like to avoid dairy, but that is not a big factor)

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