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Your first food shop

By sophiebk 12 Aug 2020

Here are our recommended essentials to get in that all important first food shop. We would recommend doing this before you arrive, but if you don't get round to it  there are big supermarkets near our Halls at ASDA Smithdown RoadTesco Liverpool One and Aldi St Johns.

Porridge oats are one of the best breakfasts you can have. They'll give you all the brainpower you need, they're healthy and one box can last you AGES. 

Pasta is one of the most versatile (and easiest) ingredients. Whether it's spaghetti, penne or macaroni, it'll only take 10-15 minutes to cook. If you're trying to watch your carb intake then opt for brown pasta instead and make sure you get some tasty sauces to keep these interesting. 

Rice or Lentils are cheap, easy to use and very filling. They can be used in loads of different dishes and one bag of either will last a very long time. 

Potatoes in the cupboard? Dinner is looking good! You have a choice of baked, boiled, fried, mashed or roasted. Sweet potatoes are also a great alternative to white potatoes and are packed with vitamins.

Onions are the base of many meals so you should always have plenty in your cupboard. Once you know how to chop an onion, you've got a skill for life. Just keep some tissues handy...

Tins are great for some essential vitamins when you can't buy fresh. The most important ones to have are chopped tomatoes, sweetcorn, tuna and baked beans, so get plenty.

Eggs can be eaten in so many forms that are all easy to do and they keep for about 4 weeks in the fridge too. How do you like your eggs in the morning - boiled, poached, fried, baked, scrambled or in an omelette?

Herbs and spices can take your meal from 0-100 real quick! Get your cupboard stocked up with versatile ones like basil, thyme, chilli flakes, fajita seasoning and paprika and watch your food be transformed with flavour.

Salt & pepper can be easily forgotten but they really complete meals by adding taste to your cooking or boiling water to give vegetables or pasta some savoury flavour.

Snacks will be key over the first few days to keep you going! It's a busy time so make sure you treat yourself with some of your favourite treats. Biscuits are always a great way to break the ice when you first meet your flatmates too!

You can also see some of our easy recipes here and we will update these throughout the year if you need some inspiration!