What is a ‘sprig’ anyway?
A sprig of thyme. A sprig of rosemary.
I’ve spriggin’ bleached the bottoms of my favorite sweat pants walking through a puddle of bleach in the driveway. . . .
That kind of thing.
Well, not that last kind of thing, but I couldn’t resist.
It seems that in the kitchen, a generally acceptable measurement for a sprig is this: a leafy branch of an herb plant that is between 2 and 4 inches long.
That helps with the recipe below.
Now as far as spriggin’ bleaching my pants. . . well, there’s nothing I can do to bring them back, but the word has made me consider trying to clean up my language by inserting outdated kitschy sayings into my vocabulary so I can scrap the bad ones.
Like a smoker replacing nicotine with gum.
I’m thinking along the lines of “Heavens to Betsy!”, “My word!”, and, “Goodness gracious!”
Ugh. I don’t know. It just doesn’t seem like it would do the trick.
It seemed like a good idea for a minute.
Let’s make beans instead.
Lighter BBQ Baked Beans From Scratch (and quicker too!)
Using better bacon and much less sugar, these beans are healthier, delicious and quick to boot!
- 6 center-cut bacon slices
- 1 cup finely chopped onion
- 7 thyme sprigs (plus extra for garnish, if desired)
- 4 garlic cloves, minced or pressed
- 1/2 cup fat-free, lower sodium chicken broth
- 1/3 cup packed dark brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon prepared yellow mustard
- 1 teaspoon white wine vinegar
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
- 1/8 teaspoon ground red pepper
- 3 (15 ounce) cans organic navy beans, drained
- 1 (8 ounce can) unsalted tomato sauce
Preheat broiler to high.
Cook bacon in a 10" frying pan over medium-high heat until crisp.
Remove bacon from pan with tongs and set aside on paper towels. Reserve the drippings.
Add onion and thyme sprigs to drippings in pan; saute three minutes. Add garlic and saute one minute. Stir in broth and remaining ingredients; reduce heat to medium and cook, uncovered, 10 minutes or until slightly thick, stirring occasionally. Discard thyme.
Remove from heat. Crumble bacon and stir it into the beans.
Broil 4 minutes or until bubbly and edges are crusty.
Slightly adapted by Sara from Cooking Light Magazine, July 2013
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