Student Staples: Your food shop essentials
We're sure that moving to uni has been pretty stressful...
One thing that should be top of your priority list though is food - it's always a priority to us anyway.
Trust us, once you've got your cupboards stocked and fridge full, it'll make your future shopping trips and mealtimes much easier and cheaper! Here are our recommended essentials:
Porridge oats are one of the best breakfasts you can have at university. They'll give you all the brainpower you need, they're healthy and one box will last 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. Trying to watch your carbs? Opt for brown pasta instead.
Rice is cheap, easy to use and very filling. It can be used in loads of different dishes and one bag of rice will last a very long time. Make sure you ask Mum and Dad to buy the biggest bag!
Potatoes in the cupboard? Dinner is looking good! You have a choice of baked, boiled, fried, mashed or roasted. Sweet potatoes are a great alternative to white potatoes and are packed with vitamins.
Onions are the base of pretty much every sauce/meal 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 the tissues handy...
Tins can stay in the cupboard for months so get them all stocked up. We think the essentials are chopped tomatoes, sweetcorn, tuna and baked beans, so get plenty of each.
Eggs can be eaten in so many forms that are all easy to prepare 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?!
Oil is something that you (aka your parents) should splash a bit more cash on. Extra virgin oil or coconut oil are good for you and better tasting. If you want the lighter option, sprays are best for that.
Herbs and spices can 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.
Now is your time to become the Masterchef of the family - happy shopping!