Mum-of-10 reveals very detailed meal plan for her huge brood

MANY of us struggle to think ahead and plan meals for just a few people, but one family-of-12 has impressed people with their meticulous food preparation.

Alicia and Josh Dougherty, from Pittsford, New York, have 10 children and carefully coordinate their meals.

The Dougherty family of 12 take a lot of feedingCredit: Tiktok / @doughertydozen

Mum Alicia takes time to plan her meals each week and write out the ingredients she needs

Mum Alicia takes time to plan her meals each week and write out the ingredients she needsCredit: Instagram/@doughertydozen

In a recent Instagram post, mum Alicia showed her cupboards packed full of giant cereal boxes and the fridge stocked with industrial sized milk cartons.

She then displayed her weekly meal plan with chicken on Monday, tacos on Tuesday and Friday’s as the designated pizza day.

Alicia then displayed her weekly planner for the whole family with a more detailed outline of what would be in each dish.

She then set about writing a shopping list based on her menu, dividing the list into pre-typed sections like “meat”, “frozen” and “dairy”.

The family have cupboards stocked full of food for their 10 children

The family have cupboards stocked full of food for their 10 childrenCredit: Instagram/@doughertydozen

Alicia and Josh Doughtery are from Pittsford, New York and they have 10 children

Alicia and Josh Doughtery are from Pittsford, New York and they have 10 childrenCredit: @doughertydozen

Alicia carefully plans the family's menu for the week

Alicia carefully plans the family’s menu for the weekCredit: Tiktok / @doughertydozen

Fans expressed their amazement at her levels of organisation.

Alicia regularly shares exactly what a grocery haul for a family-of-12 looks like.

From huge cartons of chips and condiments in bulk, a typical shop often involves multiple trolleys full and comes to roughly £425 – but it varies week to week.

And with each child favouring different snacks, Alicia is forced to stock up on a wide range of treats – and she isn’t shy about the amounts either.

They regularly share their bumper food shops with their instagram followers

They regularly share their bumper food shops with their instagram followersCredit: Instagram/@doughertydozen

The happy family of 12 update their Instagram regularly with snapshots of family life

The happy family of 12 update their Instagram regularly with snapshots of family lifeCredit: @doughertydozen

What’s more, Alicia revealed that she has to visit the supermarket almost every day to stock up on items she forgot or that they just ran out of.

The busy mum also shared what Sunday dinner looks like in their household and the eye-watering amount that’s required.

Detailing what’s involved in a pasta and meatballs dish, the mum-of-ten explained that they typically go through three pounds of pasta, sixty meatballs, four jars of pasta sauce, 16 pieces of garlic bread and a whole bag of frozen corn – for just one meal.

Understandably, Alicia revealed that “once upon a time” she would have made the pasta sauce and meatballs herself, but life got that much busier with ten kids and she just doesn’t have the time.

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