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Easy One Pot Meals to Cook in Your InTown Suites Kitchen

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Many of our guests love that each InTown Suites room comes with a complete kitchen, as dining out for every meal can get expensive, quickly. We know you may not have a lot of time, or want to put a lot of effort into cooking a meal and cleaning up. That’s why we’re sharing two of our favorite meals that you can whip up using only one pot. The meals come together quickly, are healthy and have minimal clean-up!

Semi-Homemade Chicken and Rice Soup
This classic, comforting soup recipe comes together fast with the help of a cooked rotisserie chicken from the grocery store! Leftovers can be quickly heated up in the microwave for a grab and go meal.

1 onion
1 stalk of celery
1 carrot
2 garlic cloves
1 tbsp olive oil or butter
1 box of low sodium chicken broth
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
2 tsp turmeric
1 cup of rice
Fresh Parsley (optional)

1. Peel and dice the carrot, onion and celery and set aside for a moment.
2. Add olive oil or butter to a large pot and set the burner to medium.
3. While waiting for pot with oil to heat up, mince the garlic cloves.
4. When the oil/butter is hot and starts to shimmer, add the garlic and let it cook for about 30 seconds, until it turns golden brown and starts to smell delicious.
5. Add in the diced carrot, onion and celery, tossing to coat everything evenly in the oil. Let cook until softened, about 5-10 minutes, depending on how finely you’ve diced the vegetables.
6. Add the chicken stock, salt, pepper and turmeric to the pot and bring to a boil.
7. While waiting for the stock to boil, with two forks, shred the rotisserie chicken into bite-sized pieced.
8. When the stock comes to a full rolling boil, turn the heat down to medium-low and add the shredded chicken and rice.
9. Let simmer until the rice is fully cooked, about 20 minutes.
10. Taste and adjust seasonings as needed. Add the parsley, if using.
11. Serve and enjoy!

Spicy Shrimp and Broccoli Pasta
Like the simplicity of pasta, but don’t feel like opening another jar of pasta sauce? This light pasta dish makes for a nice change from your typical tomato ragout, but can still be made fast! This recipe serves two, but can easily be double to feed a larger group. If you don’t want it to be spicy, simply omit the red pepper flakes – the dish still tastes great!

½ a head of broccoli
½ box of spaghetti or other long pasta
2 tbsp olive oil
2 cloves garlic
¼ tsp red pepper flakes
½ pound of thawed, cooked shrimp

1. Bring a pot salted of water to a boil.
2. While waiting for the water to boil, chop the broccoli into small florets and thinly slice the garlic.
3. When the water has come to a full boil, add the spaghetti, stirring with a fork to make sure the pasta doesn’t clump together.
4. When there is 5 minutes left before the pasta will be fully cooked, add the broccoli to the pot.
5. When the pasta is al-dente, take the pot off of the burner (turning down the heat to medium) and strain the pasta and broccoli, saving ¼ cup of the pasta water.
6. While the pasta is draining, add the olive oil and red pepper flakes.
7. When the pan is hot and the olive oil shimmers, add the garlic and cook for 15 seconds, then add the thawed shrimp.
8. Let the shrimp heat through, about 2 minutes, stirring occasionally.
9. Add the pasta and shrimp back into the pot and mix everything together.
10. Season and serve!

Both of these meals will be ready in about 30 minutes, giving you lots of time to get back to what’s important. Even if “important” is simply watching TV on the flat screens in our newly renovated rooms!

Looking for more easy recipes? Check out Part II in our One Pot dinner series.

What’s your favorite one pot meal? Share your answer with us in the comments.

Spending a Night on the Town in Houston, Texas

Houston is a city that really comes alive at night and its nightlife scene really deserves to be explored. At InTown Suites, with our free internet and premium TV channels, we know it can be tempting to stay in, but trust us, you won’t regret experiencing an evening in Houston!

While the word “nightlife” may conjure up visions of bars and clubs, there is plenty more to see and do in the evening hours.

If you’re in town on Sundays during football season, consider picking up a ticket to catch the Houston Texans play at Reliant Stadium. There’s nothing in the world quite like a live football game!

Broadway Across America brings to Houston some of the best theater shows in the world. The plays brought here are the best of the best from New York’s Broadway and London’s West End theaters, so you know you’re in for a good show! Houston also has great Opera and Ballet companies that put on world-class performances. For the more budget conscious theater-goer, in summer months, the Theatre Under The Stars puts on free performances at the Miller Outdoor Theater.

If live music is what you’re into, most Saturday Nights, the iconic music store Cactus Music has local talent perform. Come on a good night, and you might just get to see Houston’s best musicians in action, before they make it big! Best of all, performances at Cactus Music are free!  Many bars also have live music nights, the bars and clubs of Washington Avenue often host local performers.

In the mood for a drink? If you head to La Carafe, you can enjoy a little piece of history with your beverage. La Carafe is the oldest commercial building in Houston that’s still in use! Most people come for the wine and classic Jukebox, but some come to ghost hunt, many people claim the building is haunted!

Want to dance the night away? One of Houston’s hottest spots is Scott Gertner’s Sky Bar. The night club is located in a Penthouse, so be sure to take a break from the dance floor to check out the amazing skyline views of the city.

Feel like grabbing a late-night bite? Many of Houston’s restaurants are open until 2am or later on weekends! A few places are even open 24 Hours, like Katz’s Deli. Katz’s is the perfect spot for a late-night nosh. If you’re really hungry, go for the pastrami sandwich.

Is an assignment or project keeping you up late? Join like minded workers and students, and get your caffeine fix at Down House, a coffee shop located in the Heights that hosts late hours.

No matter the reason you’re out after dark in Houston, there are plenty of places that will welcome you in!