A week or two ago, we visited Utrecht with Thom's family to do a paleo breakfast and lunch workshop together. It was a gift from all the kids to my mother-in-law for Sinterklaas this past year. Thom and I got the times all screwed up, so we were a little late, but we had just enough time to help with the last steps in the recipes and enjoy a nice meal with the family and other workshop participants.

Thom's Dad made an awesome, little movie with clips from the workshop:

The workshop took place in one of Utrecht's famous canal wharf cellars on the Oude Gracht in a beautiful, sunny space with a long table ready to be filled with yummy, paleo treats. It was given by Jessica Young from Young Voedingsadvies. Jessica is a nutritionist and epigenetic therapist who offers workshops, courses, and counseling; particularly focusing on a paleo diet.

We made our way through to the back of the cellar where everyone was hustling and bustling to finish the recipes: courgette noodle salad, carrot cookies, mayonnaise, tuna salad, pumpkin soup, broccoli salad, chocolate bars, and tapioca/buckwheat pancakes. All paleo and made from fresh ingredients. We rolled up our sleeves, threw on an apron, and started helping with the last few slices, dices, and mixes to get everything on the table.

Once everything was ready, the table was full of beautiful sights, smells, and tastes. Everything was so delicious and super filling. Jessica did a great job of explaining all of the reasons to choose for a paleo diet. She answered everyone's questions about fast vs slow burning carbohydrates, choosing good fats, alternatives for cow's milk, wheat, and sugar.

My favorite part of the meal was the buckwheat pancakes. They were divine! Super soft and a perfect wrap texture. You could make up a bunch of these for the week to use in any kind of breakfast or lunch. You could fill them with tuna or chicken salad for lunch, scrambled eggs and sausage for breakfast, or some jam and nut butter for a nice sweet treat. Jessica was kind enough to share a recipe with me that I translated for all of you:

buckwheat-wraps

Buckwheat wraps

50 grams (1/4 cup) buckwheat flour
75 ml (5 tbs) almond milk + 75 ml (5 tbs) water
1 egg
1 pinch of salt
1 tbs oregano
coconut oil

  • Mix the flower with the salt and herbs
  • Add the milk + water mixture and mix with a whisk
  • Add the egg last and mix it completely into the dough
  • Heat up the coconut oil in a pan
  • Add half of your mixture to the pan and turn the heat down to medium-low so the wrap can brown slowly
  • Once the bottom is light brown, flip the wrap and cook the other side until light brown.
  • If making for the next day, you can already fill your wraps and roll them up. Keep them in plastic wrap in the fridge.

I think a workshop like this is great for anyone interested in a paleo diet. If you're looking for information and a nice hands-on introduction to paleo, Jessica's workshop would be a perfect start for you. If you're already pretty experienced with paleo, like us, then the workshop is also great for inspiration and getting new recipes for your arsenal.

Are you interested in learning more about paleo? Or do you have some nice recipes to share? Let me know in the comments!