Ever wonder how much gluten-free flavor you can put into one Bolay bol? I tried doing the math, and the answer I got was a lot. If you are looking for gluten-free lunch options, we got you. Just for fun, we’ve gotten together a list of our top 5 Bolay bases, veggies, and proteins to see what we can do with them.
We’ve given you tips for a healthy lunch, so you know to build your lunch around great sources of protein, add some fiber to keep hunger at bay, and drink plenty of water. Now we’re going to talk about how to add flavor to this healthy foundation, featuring Bolay’s top 5 bases, veggies, and proteins as their main ingredients. If you’re already an expert in flavor layering, this may give you some inspiration. If not, here’s a look at how to think about combining flavors.
Here’s a quick list of the top 5 and their nutritional elements. Because, of course, at Bolay flavor and nutrition go hand in hand.
Top 5 Bolay Bases
Jasmine Rice – a good source of fiber, thiamine, and niacin (vitamins B1 and B3)
Cilantro Rice Noodles – gluten-free rice noodles, antioxidant-rich cilantro
Hot Asian Sweet Potato Noodles – a good source of fiber and a rich array of vitamins, especially B and C
Kale Yeah Salad – a good source of fiber, antioxidants, and vitamin K, just to name a few
Forbidden Black Rice – rich in antioxidants, a natural detoxifier, gluten-free, and a good source of fiber
Top 5 Bolay Veggies
Broccoli – an excellent source of vitamins K and C, folate, potassium, and fiber
Balsamic Mushrooms – fiber, protein, selenium (immune system support), non-animal source of vitamin D
Herb Roasted Potatoes – fiber, potassium, calcium, magnesium, vitamin C, and vitamin B6
Brussel Sprouts – fiber, vitamin K, vitamin C, vitamin A, folate, and manganese
Cajun Sweet Potatoes – fiber, iron, calcium, selenium, B and C vitamins
Top 5 Bolay Proteins
Spicy Thai Shrimp
Mizo Glazed Tofu
Steak Au Jus
Jasmine Rice, Ginger Broccoli, Lemon Chicken
When building a bol, the base is your foundation. It not only sets the tone but supports the rest of your flavors. For this bol, I’m beginning with jasmine rice because it has a sweet, nutty flavor and a soft, moist texture. It goes great with the ginger in the broccoli and the acid provided by the lemon chicken. Of course, this isn’t the end when we’re creating healthy lunch options for work. Add some Garden Green Beans to bulk up your bol. Minted tomatoes are the perfect way to add a little more zest. Carrot ginger dressing brings the flavors together. Your lunch will be the envy of the office.
Hot Asian Sweet Potato Noodles, Brussel Sprouts, Mizo Glazed Tofu
If you like something a little bit spicy and a little bit sweet, start with a base of Hot Asian Sweet Potato Noodles. Up the fiber with Brussel Sprouts and increase the flavor with Mizo Glazed Tofu. Ginger broccoli goes great with these flavor layers, but so do balsamic mushrooms. Which way you go is your choice. Add some freshly chopped cilantro for that little tingle on your tongue and Ginger Carrot dressing for a bit of zing.
Forbidden Black Rice, Balsamic Mushrooms, BBQ Chicken
I may be going out on a limb here, but I’m going to suggest building a bol with forbidden black rice, balsamic mushrooms, and BBQ chicken. The sweet, nutty flavor, almost like the deep flavor tones of roasted nuts, goes well with just about anything and stands up perfectly to the piquant flavors of BBQ Chicken. The Balsamic Mushrooms add a little bit of acid to the dish and complements the flavor of the sauce. Add some Power Beans and Minted Tomatoes to round out the flavor profile.
Cilantro Rice Noodles, Cajun Sweet Potatoes, Spicy Thai Shrimp
Cilantro is an essential ingredient in Thai cooking, so of course, Cilantro Rice Noodles go well with Spicy Thai Shrimp. Cilantro adds a bright, citrus-like flavor to dishes unless you have the dreaded cilantro gene. This fragrant herb is a bit of an enigma since a large portion of the population can’t agree on what it tastes like. Few herbs cause such strong emotions, you either love it or you hate it. But for now, we’re going with love it.
Cajun and Thai flavors meld together with the addition of Cajun Sweet Potatoes and give the entire bol a spicy, sweet, and savory flavor. Freshly chopped cilantro brightens the flavor, but if you prefer to cool it down, add some Avocado for a creamy finish, heightened by Carrot Ginger sauce.
Kale Yeah Salad, Herb Roasted Potatoes, Steak Au Jus
Have you ever had a steak salad? It’s kind of unusual and kind of amazing. The crunchy, earthy flavor of the kale with the sweetness of carrots and raisins are the perfect foil for Steak Au Jus. Herb Roasted Potatoes add a layer of earthy, herby flavor. Add Garden Green Beans for extra fiber and Avocado to calm things down with a little creaminess. Bring it all together with the sweetness of Carrot Ginger Sauce.
Join the Flavor Revolution
Based on spices and flavors that represent cultures around the world, our bases, veggies, and proteins put a world of flavor into one bol. We all have our favorites, and the combinations you can make are limited only by your imagination. With our fresh, clean ingredients, you can build a bol that not only nourishes your body but brings a new way of thinking about flavor to the fast-casual model.
When you are looking for healthy bowls options near you, remember that you can create a fresh and flavorful bol at Bolay in Boca Raton or any of our other locations. Stop in or order online to get the best gluten-free lunch options available.