One Pot Meals Ready in Less than 30 Minutes – Part II

You’ve been asking for more one-pot meals that are easy and fast to make in your InTown Suites kitchen, so we’ve written another blog post giving away some of our favorite recipes. These meals are delicious and will leave you with money in your pocket, compared to eating at restaurants all the time.  These recipes are made for one, but can easily be doubled to serve two.

Fancy Friend Ramen
Everyone makes fun of college-students for living off of ramen, but if you use it as a base, it can actually be the start of an easy and tasty lunch or dinner. This recipe includes some protein and vegetables for added nutrition.

Olive oil
1 clove of garlic, minced
1 package of ramen instant noodles
1 zucchini, grated
1 large carrot, grated
½ bag of baby spinach
1 egg
Soy Sauce
1 green onion, sliced

1. In a medium pot, over medium heat, sauté the garlic in a little olive oil.
2. Once you can smell the garlic, add 3 cups of water to the pot and bring boil over medium heat.
3. Once the water is boiling, add the ramen noodles and half the ramen soup base to the pot.
4. As soon as the noodles start to soften, add the grated carrot, zucchini and half bag of baby spinach.
5. After another minute, turn the heat down to a simmer and using a spoon or ladle, make a well in the pot.
6. Crack an egg into the well and gently let it simmer until cooked.
7. Once the egg is cooked, add a splash of soy sauce and sriracha until it’s spicy enough to your liking.
8. Empty the contents of the pot into a bowl and garnish with the green onion.
9. Eat and enjoy!

Peasant Potato Soup
This soup make seem like it’s too simple to be good, but it’s delicious comfort food that’s perfect for a cozy winter’s night, snuggled up watching television.

Olive oil
1 garlic clove, minced
2 cups chicken or vegetable broth
2 large potatoes, either baking or waxy* (see note)
½ cup of half and half
1 green onion, thinly sliced

1. In a pot over medium heat, sauté the garlic and olive oil.
2. Once the garlic beings to smell, add the broth and bring to a boil.
3. While waiting for the broth to come to a boil, peel the potatoes and dice into small chunks.
4. Once the broth is boiling, add the potatoes, cooking until the reach your desired consistency, about 15-20 minutes.
5. Lower the heat to a simmer and add the half and half.
6. Season the soup with salt and pepper to taste.
7. Empty the contents of the pot into a bowl and garnish with the green onion.
8. Eat and enjoy!

Note* Baking potatoes will break down easier and release more starch into the soup, while waxy potatoes are firmer and hold their shape better. Use whichever variety you prefer, or use one of each.

Try out these recipes the next time you stay at InTown Suites, and let us know what you think!

Free Attractions in Saint Louis

Photo Credit: SLU

Photo Credit: SLU

On a budget but still want to take in some of the incredible sights that Saint Louis has to offer? You’re in luck at Saint Louis is one of the top cities in the country for free attractions. Here are some of the best free things worth seeing when you’re in town.

Selfies with the Gateway Arch
While there is an admission charge (and long wait) if you want to go to the top of the world’s tallest monument, you can take photos of it for free! Try heading to different parts of the city to find the best views, and camera angles for your Gateway Selfie.

Forest Park
Saint Louis’ version of Central Park is a must see. It’s truly the heart and soul of the city, where both locals and visitors come to play. The park is filled with gardens, walking/running and biking trails, and so much more. Within Forest Park there are also some free attractions worth a visit.

The Saint Louis Zoo
There are not too many places in the world where you can get up close to Viper Snakes, Red Pandas, Gorillas and Kangaroos, all in one place, for free. The Saint Louis Zoo attracts animal lovers from all over the world.

Saint Louis Science Center
If you are traveling with kids, they will love a trip to the Science Center. At the Dig Site, they can dig through the sand to find dinosaur fossils. They will learn about the body in the Human Adventure, and they will get the chance to participate in science demonstrations.

Anheuser-Busch Brewery
Free beer? Sounds good to us! At the Anheuser-Busch Brewery, you can take a free tour of one of the biggest beer manufactures in the world. Included in the tour is a stop at the stables, where you can see the famous Clydesdale horses. And yes, for those over 21, beer samples are included.

Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis
Not only is the church itself an amazing piece of architecture, it is also home to the world’s largest collection of mosaic art. Self-guided tours are free, but we suggest calling ahead as the church is closed to the public when Mass, funerals, weddings and other services are being performed.

Soulard Market
Come for the people watching, stay for the food. Hipsters, families and tourists alike all gather at the Soulard Market. This is a great place to put together a picnic lunch. This is a great low-cost lunch alternative to restaurants, and your food will probably be fresher and tastier.

Music at the Muny
The Muny is an outdoor amphitheater located in the wonderful Forest Park. During the summer, tons of concerts and musical performances are put on. The top row is always free admission, so if you’d like to see the show at no-cost, it’s best to show up early!

We hope you enjoy your stay in Saint Louis. Remember, rooms at our InTown Suites Saint Louis locations start at as little as $199 per week!

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