June 23, 2014

Garlic Scapes and Rice

Scapes have become my very favorite part of growing our own garlic. The texture is somewhere between asparagus and green beans, with a bright yet mellow garlic flavor... so good! My cooking has still been trending towards the lazy. I promised to share a recipe when we ventured beyond hard boiled eggs, but then I figured I'd just go ahead and show how we do eggs. 

This is a wildly simple dish for lunch or a light dinner. I try to sit down with the kids for a quick hot lunch like this a couple times a week. It's so little effort and is particularly fun when we get to eat treasures from our very own garden (Little Smith definitely is more willing to try things that he actually  planted... I may even resort to fibbing on occasion!).

Garlic Scapes and Rice: serves two adults or one adult, one three year old, and one baby
  • four hard boiled eggs, peeled and halved
  • 2 c cooked short grain brown rice
  • 5 garlic scapes, trimmed and cut into 3/4" pieces
  • 1 inch piece of ginger, peeled and grated
  • 2 tbs olive oil
  • 1 tsp toasted sesame oil
  • 1 1/2 tbs nutritional yeast or soy sauce
  • 2 tbs minced basil (I used Thai and purple varieties)
  • few splashed of brown rice vinegar
Prepare hard boiled eggs (my favorite method is to put them in a heavy pot, cover with cold water, bring to a boil, then turn off heat and let sit for 10-15 minutes. Remove and run under cold water).

Cook rice and set aside. Heat olive and toasted sesame oils over a heavy bottomed skillet. Add the garlic scapes and saute for about three minutes, until tender. Add grated ginger. Add cooked rice and toss to combine. Add soy sauce and minced basil (reserving a pinch for plating). Remove from heat. 

Spoon rice mixture onto plates, top with reserved minced basil, and add a splash of brown rice vinegar and halved hard boiled eggs to each plate.

It's always a bonus when all of us can eat the same meal without any tweaks or modifications. I think we may have the only baby who actually enjoys using a bowl and doesn't toss it around (at least for now!) and it's kind of the most adorable thing ever to see her mini portions. 

The perfect lunch for three, if I do say so. I must admit that the baby chewed her scapes more than she actually ate them, but she also went back for more eggs, so it all worked out. The best part is that we have plenty more scapes to cook up this week. If anyone has any favorite recipes, I am all ears!


  1. This looks so good! And seeing Baby R with a mini bowl of it just makes me so happy. Of COURSE she eats from a little wooden bowl and doesn't throw it anywhere. She is, after all, the world's best baby (and cutest)!

  2. I don't think I've ever had scapes. They look delicious-- and I love me a nice hard boiled egg!