Simple Meal Ideas: Cooking at Your InTown Suite

Craving some home-cooked goodness?

Take out and dining out are delicious – and often, very convenient – meal options to have at our fingertips. But there’s something to be said for a meal that’s been assembled at your own place, by yourself or a loved one.

The meals are often healthier, and there’s just something to them that seems so satisfying compared to the typical ‘grab and go’ types of food.

On your next night in at your InTown Suite, give these quick, little-mess recipes a try and see what you think. We think you’ll be pleased with the results!

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Delicious One-Pot Pasta

One-pot meals are the best – with little mess to clean up, they leave your evening free to spend however you please.

A great option when you’re cooking for the family, this one-pot pasta will typically yield about 6 servings. Adjust ingredient amounts to make less, or, enjoy leftovers for the days to come! 


Head to the grocery store and pick up:

  • 1 lb spaghetti
  • 1 package cooked sausage, thinly sliced
  • 1 large onion, thinly sliced
  • 3 c halved grape tomatoes
  • 2 c fresh basil leaves
  • 4 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • 1 c grated parmesan

Cooking Instructions
Over medium-high heat, combine spaghetti, sausage, onion, tomatoes, basil, garlic and 4.5 c water in a large stock pot. 

Season with salt & pepper.

Bring to a boil. Once boiling, reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, until pasta is cooked through and the liquid has reduced (this will take roughly 10 minutes).

Add desired amount of parmesan to pot; stir and combine.

Serve & enjoy! Refrigerate leftovers once cool.

Recipe recommended by InTown Suites, courtesy of 

One-Pot Chicken & Veggies

There’s nothing better, or more comforting, than familiar culinary classics. For many of us, it doesn’t get more classic or comforting than your typical ‘meat and potatoes.’ 

Prepare this simple dish in your InTown Suite with ease – this one-pot chicken and vegetable dish is quick and hassle-free!

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At the grocery store, pick up:

  • 2 tbsps olive oil
  • 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 can (14 oz) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 bag (19 oz) frozen roasted potatoes with garlic & herb sauce
  • 2 boxes (7 oz each) frozen blend broccoli, carrots and sweet peppers*

*Substitute with fresh alternatives, if desired.

Cooking Instructions 

In a 10 or 11 inch skillet, begin to heat 1 tbsp of olive oil on low heat.

Add chicken and cook, turning occasionally, until browned on all sides. Remove from skillet.

Add remaining tbsp of oil to skillet. Cook the onion over low heat until it becomes soft and golden brown.

Add tomatoes to the skillet, cooking for another 2 – 3 minutes. Stir in the potatoes and vegetable blend.

Cover the skillet with a lid or foil, cooking for about 5 more minutes, stirring once. 

Return the chicken to the skillet. Add salt & pepper, if desired. Cover and cook for another 8 – 10 minutes longer, stirring occasionally.

 Serve & enjoy! Refrigerate leftovers once cool.

Recipe recommended by InTown Suites, courtesy of

More Easy Meal Inspiration from InTown Suites

Looking for more one-pot meal ideas or simple recipes you can prepare on the road? Take a look at a few of our other posts: 

  1. One-pan meals ready in less than 30 minutes
  2. One-pot meals ready in less than 30 minutes, Part II
  3. 3 Healthy Snack Alternatives
  4. Breakfast (of Champions) in a Hurry

Visiting Nashville in April

Planning on being in the great Nashville during the month of April? You’ll be happy to know there’s no shortage of exciting events and things to do. April just so happens to be a busy month for the largest city in Tennessee.

Here are 6 activities, attractions, and things to do in Nashville recommended by the staff here at InTown Suites in Nashville.

Awesome April

April is a fantastic time to visit Nashville – a month locals dubbed Awesome April as a tribute to the Music City. Offering up a major event each weekend, April in Nashville is a paradise for locals and tourists alike. Enjoy access to many great entertainment options from a film festival, to Lego Kidsfest, to fashion week, and more.

Record Store Day

If you’re anything like many of the tourists Nashville sees each year, you’re probably pretty passionate about music. There’s no secret that there are few better ways to listen to and appreciate good music than on your very own turntable. April is your chance to stock up on some of the year’s most anticipated vinyl. This April 18th – Record Store Day – be sure to check out these local Nashville record stores for a few musical gems.

Cherry Blossom Festival

Experience the beauty of the cherry blossoms during this excellent festival that celebrates Spring, alongside the friendship between Japan and America. Located at the Nashville Public Square, come out to enjoy food trucks, the 2.5-mile walk along the Cumberland River Greenway to view the flowers, as well as a host of others events throughout the month.

St. Jude Country Music Marathon

Into running, fitness, or just like the great vibe of a community sporting event? Stop by the finish line of the St. Jude Country Music Marathon and Half Marathon to cheer on friends, or even strangers! With so much excitement and energy around you, you’re sure to be entertained. Check out the Health & Fitness Expo while you’re at it!

Many Musical Performances

Nashville is habitually home to one great musical performance after another; April is no exception. If you’re visiting in April, look around for last minute or re-sale tickets to any of the following shows, to name just a few:

  1. Damien Rice (April 1)
  2. Ron Sexsmith (April 4)
  3. Stevie Wonder (April 7)
  4. Alan Jackson (April 11)
  5. Bob Dylan (April 27)
  6. Godsmack (April 29)

Art Crawl

Into art? Don’t miss Nashville’s First Saturday Art Crawl where art galleries around Nashville offer free admission to view their latest exhibits. Having been ranked #2 Most Vibrant Arts Community, Nashville is home to many great works of art, as well as many great artists. Join the Crawl to witness over 20 art venues that participate, presenting local and world-renowned artists and artwork, offering the opportunity to meet and discuss art with like-minded individuals.

After you’ve had your fill of all the fun and excitement Nashville has to offer this April, enjoy a budget-friendly stay at one of our Nashville extended-stay properties.

For more ideas on what to do in Nashville, check out the Area Guide tabs on any of the individual property pages found through the link above.