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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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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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Top 10 Balcony BBQs

I’ve lived in an apartment for most of my life but I’ve been lucky enough to have had a decent-sized balcony where we could store a three burner gas grill. However, if space is a real issue for you (especially because we live in Singapore!) but you’re still dying to get your hands on a BBQ, I’ve come up with a list of my top 10 favourite BBQs for your balcony!

1. Napoleon Portable Stainless Steel Marine Grill PTSS165P

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The Good: This petite Napoleon grill was designed for usage on a yacht, so not only is it made with high quality stainless steel that’s more resistant against humidity, you can attach it to any railing with the optional rail mount accessory – you don’t actually need a counter top to use this nifty machine.

The Bad: It’s tiny! I mean, really, it’s very, very small! It’s only 21 inches wide. That said, it is only 21 inches wide. So if your balcony is fabulously tiny, this could be the BBQ for you.

2. Masport Piha

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The Good: The Masport Piha folds down and can be wheeled around as though it were a suitcase. This makes for easy storage if you’re not planning on using the BBQ all the time and don’t want to clutter up your balcony. You can even take it around in your car. I can fit it in the boot of my Vios. That’s how compact it is!

The Bad: This BBQ uses a single “U” burner. I’ve found that the heat distribution from the burner isn’t that even across the cooking surface. But unless you’re going to be cooking for a whole lotta people, this shouldn’t be too much of a problem.

3. Napoleon TQ2225PO Travel Q Portable Propane Grill

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The Good: The Napoleon TravelQ packs quite a bit of punch in it’s burner considering that it’s a portable grill. You can get the optional foldable stand too instead of using your own counter top, which makes packing the grill away so easy. I love the solid cast iron grill and the fact that you can switch between gas cartridges and LPG tanks.

The Bad: The gas cartridge adaptor doesn’t work very well with Singapore cartridges. Not sure why, but I think it’s because our cartridges run a bit small. Anyway, you get more bang for your buck using the LPG tanks (works with both 4.5kg or 12.7kg tanks).

4. Liberty Sizzle Top

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The Good: The Liberty Sizzle Top grill is an electric glass top BBQ made from Schott Ceran German glass. There are 2 electric burners below, and the temperature level can be adjusted by using the knob and goes up to 250 degrees. This grill is really easy to clean, and you can use it both indoors and outdoors. It even comes with an optional stainless steel cart with removable side tables.

The Bad: While the temperature is easy to control, this is still an electric grill, and many BBQ lovers aren’t fans of the electric types as they aren’t seen as the traditional way to BBQ (i.e. with fire).

5. Napoleon Prestige P308RB

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The Good: The Napoleon Prestige P308 is perfect if you’re looking for a solid grill that can still fit in your balcony. It has 2 foldable side tables and an exceptionally narrow depth area. The quality of the fire box is impeccable, made from aluminium casting, instead of the regular stainless steel stuff. It also comes with a back burner and motorised rotisserie unit, which is unusual for a 2 burner grill.

The Bad: This BBQ runs a bit on the pricey side because it is made in Canada and had to be shipped directly from there, so the cost of bringing it all the way to Singapore was high.

6. Liberty Ball Grill

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The Good: The Liberty Ball Grill is a cute little charcoal BBQ that sits pretty on most balcony tables or counter tops. Perfect for intimate evenings!

The Bad: Apart from the cuteness, this is really your basic charcoal BBQ. There’s not much to it, and not recommended for the serious grill aficionado.

7. Napoleon Charcoal PRO22K-L

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The Good: The Charcoal PRO22K-L comes with a solid cast iron grill. And when I say solid, I mean, really heavy duty stuff. I love the design of this grill, both sleek and practical that shows a lot of thought went into putting this BBQ together. For example, when opening the lid, you’ll realise that it is attached at an angle that doesn’t require you to pull it back so you avoid running your arm across the heat.

The Bad: It’s actually not that small. It will fit in most balconies, but it’s really just a regular-sized kettle BBQ. Like I said before too, the grill is very solid, which means it’s heavy. If you’re a tiny person, you might have trouble lifting it up when you want to adjust the level of the grill from the fire.

8. Masport Charcoal

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The Good: The Masport Charcoal has many features such as the warming rack, foldable side table and adjustable charcoal grate which come in very handy during the grilling session. Also, it has a rectangular cooking area which many users prefer to the standard circular ones (I’m not sure why though).

The Bad: It doesn’t have as solid a frame as the Napoleon Charcoal Pro. Having said that, it is a two-thirds the price of the latter.

9. Liberty Kokomo Mini

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The Good: Ever wanted a kamado-style BBQ but never had the space for it? The Liberty Kokomo Mini is a small scale version of the ceramic bbq grill. It’s such a wonderful grill for experimenting recipes with because you can grill, smoke, sear and even bake with this BBQ. The ceramic shell of this grill allows the barbecue to maintain very high and very low temperatures with the help of the top and base vents.

The Bad: As with all kamado-style BBQs, the shell is really thick and leaves less room for the cooking area. So it looks like a bulky item, even though the cooking area is really only 11 inches.

10. Liberty Kitchenette 3

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The Good: The Liberty Kitchenette 3 is a wonderful countertop gas grill. It’s a good size for entertaining up to 10 guests, and comes with 2 cast iron grills, 3 stainless steel burners and flame tamers. You can even work with a contractor to have it flushed into a nice BBQ structure as a built-in gas grill.

The Bad: It doesn’t come with an optional stand so you’ll need a countertop to place it on.

All grills in this post are available from Liberty Patio.

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