One Pan Meals Ready in Less than 30 Minutes


Frying Pan

Our one pot meal ideas blog post was so popular, we decided to do a part two and give you a few complete meal recipes that can be made using one frying pan, in your InTown Suites kitchen! With these meals, you’ll be eating dinner in less than 30 minutes from the time you start cooking, and clean-up and dishes will be a breeze. These recipes serve one, but can easily be doubled.

Peanut Stir-Fry
Stir-fry’s are always delicious and so easy to make at home! Using a bag of broccoli slaw cuts down on the prep time, so this stir-fry can be made in less time than it takes for delivery to arrive!

Olive oil
2 oz. rice noodles
4 oz. protein (your choice of chicken, pork, beef or tofu)
1 clove garlic
½ package of broccoli slaw
1 tbsp. lime juice
1 tbsp. soy sauce
1 tbsp. brown sugar
1 tbsp. peanut butter
1 green onion

1. Heat a frying-pan on the stove over high heat.
2. In a small bowl, soak rice noodles in hot water according to the directions on the package.
3. Mince the garlic, and slice up the green onion.
4. When the pan is nice and hot, place a small amount of olive oil in the pan and add the minced garlic.
5. When the garlic is fragrant, add your protein, stirring frequently.
6. While the protein is cooking, mix together the lime juice, soy sauce, brown sugar and peanut butter, adding a little water if you need to, to thin it out.
7. When the protein is close to being cooked through, add in the half bag of broccoli slaw and continue to cook until the protein is fully cooked and the slaw has wilted slightly.
8. Drain the rice noodles and add to the frying pan. Pour the sauce on top and mix through.
9. When the sauce has cooked down slightly and is mostly absorbed, remove from the stove, garnish with green onion and serve in a bowl.

Pan Roasted Chicken Thighs with Tomatoes and Zucchini
This low carb meal is a snap to make and requires minimal ingredients, perfect for a night when you don’t feel like cooking, but still want to eat healthy.

2 bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs
1 clove garlic
1 zucchini
5-6 cherry tomatoes
1 green onion
Salt and pepper

1. On the stove, heat frying pan over medium-high heat
2. While the frying pan is heating, mince the garlic clove, slice the green onion, and slice the zucchini in half, lengthwise and then slice into bite-sized pieces.
3. Lay the chicken thighs in the pan, skin side down. The great part about this recipes is that the skin provides the fat, so you don’t have to add any extra oil! Let the thighs rest, undisturbed for 15 minutes.
4. Flip the chicken thighs over. Add garlic to the pan, let cook for 30 seconds and then add the cherry tomatoes and zucchini to the pan.
5. Let the chicken and vegetables cook for about 10-15 minutes, until the chicken is cooked through and the vegetables are tender. Because the vegetables cook in the chicken fat, they are wonderfully flavorful.
6. Place the chicken and vegetables on a plate, season with salt and pepper and garnish with the green onion.

Leave a comment letting us know what you think about these recipes!


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Chicago on a Budget

Chicago Budget Nightlife

Chicago is an amazing city to visit, but costs can add up quickly making it an expensive trip. If you’re looking to visit Chicago, keep reading and find out how we recommend touring the Windy City, without blowing your entire budget.

Finding affordable accommodations in Chicago can be extremely challenging. An average hotel in Downtown Chicago will set you back about $200 a night! Cheaper deals can be found though, try staying in the Greater Chicago metro area, public transit makes it easy to get around, even if you’re not right downtown. At InTown Suites, we have three properties in the Chicago Metro Area. Our prices start at $259.99 for the week!

Don’t rely on taxis to get around the Chicago. Try walking whenever possible, and when you need travel a longer distance, the Second City has a fantastic public transit system, which makes getting around easy and affordable. Transit tickets are $2.25 each. If you plan on moving around a lot during your stay (more than 2 round-trips per day) purchasing a transit pass may be the most economical solution. Transit passes for Chicago are available in 1-Day, 3-Day or 10-Day versions.

Chicago is a great city for finding great food on a budget. The city is filled with ethnic neighborhoods where you’ll find all kinds of delicious foods from all over the globe. Head to Greektown in Northern Chicago for delicious, filling, and inexpensive gyros. UpTown Chicago is home to dozens of authentic South East Asian restaurants.

Throughout the city, you’ll find food trucks full of menu items that fit your budget, including English pastys and Argentinian empanadas.

You can’t leave Chicago without trying one of the city’s world famous hot dogs. The meat is all-beef, the bun is covered in poppy seeds and it’s covered in condiments, except ketchup. Chicago hot dogs never come with ketchup on them. 

The best thing to do in the city is to just walk around! Chicago is filled with dozens of free parks to explore, including the popular Millennium Park and it’s crowd pleasing Cloud Gate. If you want a little history to go along with your walk, search iTunes for a free downloadable walking tour.

The Lincoln Park Zoo is one of only a few, free zoos in the country. Even though admission is free, you can still see world class animals including rhinos, tigers, giraffes and more!

Tiny Fey, Amy Pohler and much of the cast of Saturday Night Live got their start at Second City Improve. If you’d like to see some of the up and coming talent, each night (except for Fridays) Second City puts on a free improve set after the last performance of the night.

If you’re visiting Chicago in the summer, hit the beaches along Lake Michigan.

What are some of your favorite tips for visiting Chicago on a budget? Let us know in the comments!

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