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BARBECUE LUNCH PREP WITH ASIAN FLAVORS

By @inspirecookeat

If you’ve ever had busy weeks working but considered eating healthier, you would have likely heard of meal prep. For the uninitiated, meal prep involves bulk cooking meals at one go to last for the week. This kind of eating plan is popular with gym-goers and health-conscious eaters, due to the flexibility of being able to choose what goes into your meals. Prepping meals ahead of time also has the added benefit of being money saving, as food is purchased in bulk.

I would say the only real drawback to meal prepping is taking the time to cook them on a weekend for the week! The payoff is more than worth it though; as you can control your portions, have meals that are good for you, and are also easier on your wallet.

Inspirecookeat has partnered up with Liberty Patio to come up with a great meal prep idea that you can make on the grill! Try this meal prep when you have taken out your barbeque for the weekend with friends, or you feel like you’d want to make use of good weather. In our meal prep, we use store-bought Asian soup mixes (laksa, and tom yum, with no added msg) to boost flavor with minimal effort. Just pick your favorite brand, and you are good to go!

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Vegetables on the Grill for Meal Prep!

Using chicken breasts for this meal prep allows for quick, even cooking. It also allows the marinade to get into the meat quickly!

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Using Chicken Breasts for Easy Flavor and Quick Marination

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Charred Bok Choi


Barbecue Meal Prep with Asian Flavors

Punchy Asian-flavored marinades such as Laksa and Tomyum transform an otherwise ordinary chicken breast into an exciting mid-day meal! Combined with healthy veggies and complex carbohydrates for maximum post-workout satisfaction.

 Prep Time 20 minutes
 Cook Time 50 minutes
 Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
 Servings 5 portions
 Author Inspirecookeat

Ingredients

  • 3 large sweet potatoes washed and skins scrubbed
  • 2 large russet potatoes washed and skins scrubbed
  • 1/2 medium kabocha pumpkin seeded, washed and cut into large wedges
  • 2 large carrots peeled, washed, and halved lengthwise and across
  • 1 packet bok choi bunches sliced in half lengthwise and washed
  • 3 large chicken breasts skinless and boneless
  • 1 packet tomyum soup paste
  • 1 packet laksa soup paste
  • 2 tbsp cooking oil
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Preheat barbecue to medium heat.

  2. Rub sweet potatoes, russet potatoes, pumpkin, carrots and bok choi with cooking oil. Season lightly with salt and pepper.

  3. Halve chicken breasts by slicing down the middle, so that you get two flat pieces per breast. Mix half the chicken in a bowl with the tomyum paste, and the other half with the laksa paste. Cover and set aside to marinate.

  4. Place all vegetables except bok choi on barbecue grill and cook, covered for 30-40 minutes, turning once halfway, until everything is tender. Remove to cool.

  5. To cook chicken breast, increase heat to medium high, and cook for 3-5 minutes per side, until nicely golden, and the internal temperature of the meat reads 150°F (66°C). Remove and set aside to cool for packing

  6. Finally, to cook the bok choi, place the bok choi over the grill and cook, turning occasionally until the stems have a slight char, and the leaves start to wilt slightly. Remove from heat.

  7. Prepare 5 lunch containers, and distribute the vegetables evenly between them. Top with 1 chicken breast each (or more if you are hungry!). Once cooled, cover and store in fridge for reheating later in the week.

  8. Enjoy! (Later on..)

Recipe Notes

  • Use a variety of sweet potatoes (gold, purple, japanese) to mix things up!
  • The chicken breasts need to be of even thickness and flat to cook evenly on the grill. Pound them slightly to flatten if required.
  • When reheating, ensure all the food is hot. Reheating will also slightly wilt the bok choi, but this is desired.
  • Be sure to open the lid slightly for steam to vent when reheating in a microwave!
  • When grilling, the vegetables may not all cook at the same rate. In which case, remove the cooked ones, reposition the remainder and use the free space to cook the chicken!
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    Loving those Purple Sweet Potatoes

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    Ready for the Fridge!

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    Ready for the week ahead!

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    BBQLOVERS’ Note:
    All images and text credited to Eugene Chow. Check out the original post at inspirecookeat and follow him on Instagram @inspirecookeat for more grillin’ goodness!

    Find the Napoleon TQ285X TravelQ grill on Liberty Patio!

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Beer, Can?

The weekend was quite exciting for me as I finally made time to do something I’ve always wanted to try – ROASTING A BEER CAN CHICKEN ($24)!

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I started out by making a marinade with Soy Sauce, Minced Garlic and Melted Butter. Just mix it all together (blend it in a blender is best because the mince garlic can be a bit chunky for the marinade injector)! Once that’s done, I had to set up the beer can chicken roaster.

The Napoleon Beer Can Chicken Roaster comes in 2 parts – the pan on the bottom and the metal legs that holds the chicken up. Insert the ends of the metal legs into the holes of the pan such that the legs are standing up. Then, grab a can of beer (or soda) and empty out half the can. Squeeze this can into the middle of the pan and beneath the metal legs. After which, you can place the butt of the chicken over the standing legs and can. If you like, you can even put half an onion inside the chicken before you do this for some extra flavor.

I used the Napoleon basting brush ($14) to cover all of the chicken (don’t forget to get into all the nooks and crannies) with the marinade. After which, I inserted the marinade injector ($19.90) into a few different meaty areas of the Chicken.

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Leave the chicken to soak up the marinade for a bit and use this time to light up the grill. I put the grill (Napoleon Lex485RSIB) at medium heat on 2 of the burners and I used my Napoleon Heat Resistant Gloves ($75) to place the chicken and roaster between them. It’s such good protection that I wasn’t afraid to get anywhere near the fire!

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I closed the hood and left it there for about 25-30 minutes, opening it up every 7 minutes to check on the chicken and to baste it with the marinade so it keeps moist and tasty. I also used a smoker cup ($45) with beer flavoured wood chips ($20) from Axtschlag to give it a smoky flavor.

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When the chicken was done, I took it off the grill and used the Napoleon Digital Thermometer ($29.90) to make sure (it’s done when the internal temperature is at 165 Degrees Fahrenheit or 75 Degress Celcius). It was so tender and juicy because of the marinade that had been injected into it, and the skin was crispy all over because it was exposed to the flames all around. Overall, it was a very delicious chicken and I would do it again!

To purchase any of these products, check out libertypatio.com or visit Butcher’s Dog (Great World City), Zac Butchery (Chun Tin or Figaro St) or Decofix (Serene Centre).

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Jack of All Grills

Have you been looking for a grill that has it all… the looks, the features, the compactness…. with a price tag that won’t break the bank? Well, hold on to your hats because I think I’ve found it.

The Liberty Chef Pro is a 3 burner gas BBQ that has everything I look for in a BBQ.

Firstly, size is always an issue for me. I don’t like a BBQ to be too in your face, especially in an apartment balcony. This BBQ is small for a 3 burner unit, and on top of that, it has one collapsible side table.

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It comes with a warming rack and a motorized rotisserie.

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I love that it comes with 2 cast iron grills and 1 cast iron hot plate. I don’t use the hot plate that often, but it’s so good to have it there for when you have eggs, veggies or anything that crumbles.

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The side burner is so handy for sauces and soups. You practically have an outdoor kitchen in this machine.

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The downside to this BBQ is that you can’t fit the standard Singapore sized gas tank inside the cabinet. The cabinet is really very small. But I never recommend putting it inside anyway for safety reasons. I always have it stored outside, under the side table or behind the BBQ. It comes with a rain cover so you don’t have to worry about keeping it outdoors.

The Liberty Chef Pro is available from Liberty Patio at $999. This price is inclusive of delivery and assembly, rain cover, gas hose and regulator, and 1 year warranty. 

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Got Wood? BBQ Smoker chips, wood planks, sawdust and more!

Recently, I’ve been getting a lot of enquiries about where to find smoker wood chips in Singapore. Most people either don’t know where to find them or if they know where to look, it’s just too unaffordable.

I’ve found the easiest and most affordable place to get my BBQ wood products is from Liberty Patio, because it also has the widest range I’ve seen so far.

You can get everything from Wood Chips to wood planks, grilling papers to herb boxes.

You’ll be able to find more famous BBQ brands such as Char-broil and Napoleon that charge about $14 per bag of woodchips, to gourmet brands that specialise in smoking products like Axtschlag and Best of the West.

My personal favourite is the new brand on the market — Axtschlag. Hailing from Germany, Axtschlag offers one of the widest ranges of BBQ wood products I’ve seen.

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New to Singapore, Axtschlag has flavours like Hickory, Apple, Wine, Beer, Whiskey, Beech, Alder and Cherry.

I’m absolutely crazy about the artwork on the packaging that teaches me how to use the products. The sassy lady is such a fun addition to the whole BBQ scene!

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I love the sassy artwork on the Axtschlag packaging.

Axtschlag carries more unique flavours such as Walnut, Wine, Strong beer and Whiskey. These go for $20 per kilo.

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Axtschlag’s gourmet flavours include Wine, Walnut, and Beer. $20 a KG.

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Other Axtschlag products include sawdust and grilling planks.

Looking for Sawdust and Grilling planks? Sawdust costs $18 a bag, and grilling planks start from $28.

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My favourite products in the Axtschlag range – Herb boxes!

Herb boxes and their refills keep this brand interesting. You can get them for meat or fish. These 30cm boxes contain herb mixtures of boldo leaves, rosemary, sage, lavender, red chilli, curry leaves OR birch leaves, lemon balm, lemon, dill, carrots, corn flower. Just place the food you’d like to smoke on these boxes and watch as the flavours take over once the smoking begins.

These are $32 a box, and $15 for the herb refill.

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Lastly, Axtschlag also carries grilling papers for $18 a packet. Each packet contains 8 pieces of wood paper. Just tie the wood paper around the prepared food and put them on the grill to smoke. Cherry flavour is my favourite with thai prawn paste chicken wings.

Check out all these items on Liberty Patio.

Till my next post! Enjoy Smokin’ on your grills!

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Pre-Order the New Napoleon TravelQ’s!

I’ll be heading to Portugal tonight, but before I go, I just wanted to squeeze in a little update on the new products hitting Singapore in February 2015.

Liberty Patio has now opened up the pre-orders for the new Napoleon TravelQ 285x, Napoleon TravelQ Pro285 and Triumph T495. Will these make it into our top 10 favourite balcony BBQs this year? Also back in stock are the LEX485, Triumph T410, T325, LE3, Charcoal Kettle PRO22CK-L, and a bunch of other BBQ accessories.

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Watch this space for my reviews on the new models once they arrive on our shores.

In the meantime, check out more details here: http://www.libertypatio.com/

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