This Is the Amount of Food It Really Takes to Feed the 19-Person Duggar Family for Just 1 Day
Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar have 19 kids. Their reality TV show, 19 Kids and Counting, ended in 2015, but they’re still busy raising their younger children. While it might seem like meals would be absolute chaos, through the years they developed a system that worked. It involved purchasing a lot of food — and going to their favorite restaurant as often as possible.
Here are few examples of what it takes to feed such a large family, their weird food obsession (page 6), and how much they typically spend on groceries alone each month (page 7). If you think you spend a lot on food, just wait.
5 pounds of bacon
This might seem like a lot of processed meat, but there are many mouths to feed. According to Today, they typically buy turkey bacon — which is slightly lower in calories and fat — than bacon made from pork. On average, this amount would mean everyone gets two servings of bacon at breakfast.
Next: The kids probably aren’t too happy about this side dish.
3 pounds of green beans
Whether they’re under 10 or approaching 30, the Duggar kids are just like all of us: They have to eat their vegetables. That’s how green beans likely ended up on the shopping list. And they’d probably taste pretty good sautéed with leftover breakfast bacon.
Next: You’d think they’d get tired of eating this all the time.
4 pounds of spaghetti
Pasta seems to be a common staple in the Duggar household, as they consume 4 pounds of it on average every day. It’s probably a cheap way to keep everyone fed. And if it’s whole grain pasta, they’re definitely not lacking in healthy carbs.
Next: Dessert definitely isn’t off-limits in this house.
2 pans of brownies and a gallon of ice cream
From what we can tell, the Duggars maintain a fairly healthy diet for such a plentiful family. But that doesn’t mean they don’t splurge on dessert. Today reports part of their monthly grocery bill includes a daily gallon of ice cream to share, as well as the ingredients to make plenty of brownies for everyone.
Next: Their favorite restaurant isn’t one you’d expect.
They eat Chick-fil-A every chance they get …
In addition to their impressive grocery list, the family eats out frequently — and they have a favorite restaurant. The Duggar children grew up celebrating nearly every special occasion at their nearby Chick-fil-A, according to In Touch Weekly. That’s a lot of chicken at one table.
Next: Is this a weird — or totally normal — food obsession? You decide.
… And plenty of pickles
Apparently, the entire Duggar family is obsessed with pickles. Michelle Duggar ate them religiously while pregnant. And they make their own at home. There’s even dill pickle ice cream waiting for a taste, combining two of some of their favorite things.
Next: Your grocery budget probably doesn’t even come close to theirs.
It costs a few thousand dollars just for groceries
The Duggars reportedly set aside $3,000 every month to spend on groceries, according to Today. They make one big monthly trip — plus smaller weekly trips to replenish things that don’t last as long in storage or that they go through quickly.
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