What part of the newspaper do you read first?
Not surprisingly, I read the sports section first.
I enjoy sports. I love doing sports. Probably I have an unhealthy passion for sports.
Football, tennis, athletics, soccer, basketball - not to mention triathlon - I pretty much want to know all about ut. Who’s doing good. Who’s doing O.K. Who’s doing bad.
After the sport section I usually go to the comics. The comics always amuse and relax me.
Which is a good state of mind to have before getting into the heavy stuff like World news, business, op-ed and all that kind of Jazz.
Let's talk about comics for a minute. I love - more like worship - Calvin and Hobbes.
It’s been my fave comic since I was 10 (i.e., since I was able to read and understand wittiness and humor!)
Calvin and Hobbes hasn’t been written since 1995, so I think I’ve read it all three (maybe four) times already.
I still read it. It still makes me smile, laugh, even cry sometimes.
Like when Calvin thought Hobbes had been robbed from his home, or when they found a dead bird, and thought they would understand the world better when they grew up.
I probably have every last Calvin & Hobbes book. Some date back nearly two decades and were purchased from yard sales or elementary-school book fairs.
Yet, every day I flip through the pages of the Times looking for Calvin & Hobbes comic strip.
If you have kids, I think you should let them read the Calvin and Hobbes — and if you’ve never read Calvin and Hobbes in the first place...it’s time to catch up my friends!
Calvin’s innocent wit and Hobbes’ matter-of-fact reactions to Cal’s absurd notions are kind of unique. Kids (and adults) can only benefit from it.
In addition, Calvin’s advanced command of English language had me running to the dictionary every couple of comics. There's nothing better than a six-year-old kid who ruminates on life using pentasyllabic words, to master the English language properly.
Calvin’s view of his surroundings is also remarkable. He will argue with his teacher about the education system (even if it is just to get out of doing his homework).
Still, Calvin stands up for his beliefs and will make his case against his educators, parents, anyone who crosses him.
I’ll ever found myself in a room with Bill Watterson (i.e., the author of Calvin & Hobbes), I would probably start shrieking or sob uncontrollably or wrap the man.
He would then call security and I’ll likely end up with a restraining order. So worth it though.
And you know what’s one the best thing ever? Reading Calvin & Hobbes while enjoying a delicious Greek Yogurt Panna Cotta with Blueberry Sauce — knowing that Calvin would probably give you a hard time for serving a panna cotta made sans panna (i.e., heavy cream).
But that’s the point of this blog, right? Make the stuff we love with a healthy twist.
So bring it on Calvin, I'm ready for you.
Regular panna cotta is made with (a lot) of heavy cream and sugar. It’s delicious and - unfortunately — not forgiving to your waistline.
This one right here, is made with Greek yogurt, milk, honey and gelatin.
Still very delicious, and waaaaay healthier.
Now, I know many of you are scared to use gelatin. Don’t be.
Making this panna cotta is easier than making Jello shots, for real.
It literally takes 10 minutes.
A totally foolproof procedure for a super delish, not to mention paleo-friendly panna cotta.
I added blueberry sauce on top (also in the bottom of each glass for that matters) because I thought it was a nice add-on. Feel free to play around though. Caramel sauce, hot fudge sauce, everything works with this uh-mazing Greek yogurt panna cotta. If there is a "one-size fits dessert", this is it.
You can prepare this ahead of time; it will keep in the refrigerator up to a couple of days.
It’s light, refreshing and totally awesome.
Serve it at a BBQ, brunch, beach side picnic or as a sophisticated dessert at a romantic dinner for two, you can't go wrong with this Greek Yogurt Panna Cotta with Blueberry Sauce...it’s Calvin & Hobbes approved!
Print this recipe!
Adapted from The Private Chef of Beverly Hills
1 ¼ cups / 300 ml milk (your choice, I used almond), divided
1 scant tablespoon OR 1 envelope OR 3 ½ sheets unflavored gelatin (I used Great Lakes)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
⅓ cup / 4 oz / 113 gr raw organic honey (I used Eco Bee Farms)
2 cups / 15 oz / 425 gr plain Greek yogurt
1 cup / 5 oz / 145 gr fresh blueberries
2 teaspoons raw organic honey (I used Eco Bee Farms)
½ teaspoon arrowroot powder*
2 tablespoons water
*arrowroot powder acts like cornstarch
In a small bowl pour ¼ cup of milk and sprinkle gelatin on top (if using gelatin sheets, put milk in a plate a lay sheets in it). Set aside for 10 minutes until gelatin becomes moist.
In a medium saucepan bring to a gentle simmer the remaining 1 cup milk. Add vanilla, honey and stir to combine.
Add the gelatin + milk mixture, and whisk vigorously until the gelatin is fully dissolved.
Remove the saucepan from the heat and stir in the Greek yogurt.
Divide Greek yogurt mixtures cotta into 6 glasses, bowls or ramekins or into a pudding mold.
Refrigerate for 3 to 4 hours, until firm.
The Greek yogurt panna cotta will keep for 2 to 3 days.
To make the blueberry sauce, in a small saucepan combine blueberries and honey over medium heat.
After about 5 minutes they will begin to soften and bubble.
In a small bowl mix arrowroot powder and water and then add to the blueberries.
Cook for further 5 minutes, stirring every so often, until sauce thickens.
Spoon over chilled Greek yogurt panna cotta, then have at it!
One serving without blueberry sauce yields 124 calories, 3 grams of fat, 19 grams of carbs, and 9 grams of protein.
One serving with blueberry sauce yields 143 calories, 3 grams of fat, 24 grams of carbs, and 9 grams of protein.