WHAT THE HELL IS A FUNERAL POTATO? why is it called something so off-putting? could it sound ANY more unappetizing? is it just me?!
This makes me think of the South. i think this is a thing in the American South and Midwest. There's a whole range of comfort food casseroles that people bring to gatherings like post funeral meals...cheesy broccoli and rice casserole comes to mind too.
Anyway, I made this today because, well, cheesy taters and cauliflower. It's really tasty!
We eat this dish in the South, but we call it "potato casserole." I think Funeral Potatoes is a Utah/LDS culture thing and their version is a little different from ours. I have to admit that I grew up absolutely loving it so I'm excited to try this recipe for a healthier version.
Anyways, to weigh in on the diet book vs cookbook of healthy recipes, I would say that this book is definitely not as useful as a cookbook as AFR is. The diet info is not really scientific, more like "This worked for me, so try it." There is a greater diet info:recipes ratio, plus this book has a ton of smoothie recipes and some healthy dessert recipes, with just a few meal recipes, while AFR wastes no space on smoothies, snacks, apps, etc, and features almost exclusively food you would eat as/in a meal. However, there are enough recipes that I'm interested in to justify the $6.49 kindle price for me. I would say the main dish section specializes in Americana comfort food that happens to be extremely heavy on the veggies - I have cookbooks that show me how to throw together a super healthy stir fry, curry, or stew, but not so much a cheesy casserole, which is the only reason why I kept this one.
I bought it open to but not invested in the meal plan, and found that the meal plan really will not work for me at all, even for a week. My issues with it, basically:
-Very little protein for breakfast and often dinner. Many recipes have no significant protein component, especially the smoothies. I know opinions vary but I need protein at breakfast.
-Not much warm or solid food during the day. You get a smoothie for breakfast and a soup and salad for lunch. The dinners look pretty hearty but I want something warm and chewable before dinner!
-The soup and salad pairings make no sense to me. You're supposed to eat a black bean burger salad with lentil soup, falafel salad with quinoa tabbouleh with quinoa minestrone, tofu egg salad with tofu laksa...the ingredients are redundant and the flavors often don't match at all.
-The prep time would absolutely not be doable for me without doing most of it on the weekend meal prep day. (The above redundancy would make sense if you were actually making all this food the day of eating it but there's no way most people could. Unless most people are skipping off to make homemade crackers for their afternoon snack and bringing mini food processors to work to whir a quick salad dressing.)
-Despite that time and effort, you're still eating really basic and repetitive food like smoothies, salad, soup, crackers, casseroles with no side dish for dinner, etc. You could use the same basic smoothie-soup-salad template with a fraction of the prep time (say, by making two versatile dressings and some mix-and-match salad ingredients instead of three entirely different salads with dedicated dressings) or you could use the same amount of prep time and eat gourmet, varied meals. I mean, you make an applesauce snack cake and eat only one portion the entire month.
I definitely wouldn't give someone this book as an introduction to a plant-based diet, I think they would find it time-consuming, boring, and unsatisfying. I'm sure you could work around all of my complaints above, but that kind of defeats the purpose of a meal plan.