We're super excited about our new partnership with Insta-chef and savvy saver Mimi Harrison a.k.a. @beatthebudget. Mimi whips up full-on flavour, mouth-watering recipes that feed 4 people for just £4! So whether you are looking for a quick lunch or an easy dinner, you can rustle something up without breaking the bank.
We asked Mimi to share her top tips for shopping and cooking smarter...
Plan your meals
Mimi says: "This is the crux of beating the budget – if you fail to plan, you plan to fail! I take a list to the supermarket and never deviate from it."
Start with the basics
"I buy fruit and veg, lean but cheaper meat, such as pork loins or chicken thighs and store-cupboard staples like tins, rice and pasta, " Mimi adds. "Get the basics – then get creative."
Embrace batch cooking
"No, you don't have to spend all Sunday cooking!" Mimi tells us. "Pop a traybake in the oven and cook pasta and sauce on the hob. you'll have 8 meals ready in two hours."
Know your flavours
Mimi says: "Learn about seasonings and spices, then you make sauces and marinades to your taste. you'll never buy pre-prepped again. "
Try Mimi's recipes below to beat the budget!
ham, leek & sweet potato mini calzones
vegan tabbouleh-inspired pomegranate salad
If you're on the lookout for a light, budget-friendly dinner, you've found it! This Middle Eastern-inspired salad is bursting with fresh herbs, gem-like fruits and a cous cous base.
sweet chilli tofu with soy broccoli & rice
This veggie Asian-inspired dish is perfect for a weeknight dinner. Zero fuss and ready in 30 minutes!
prawn arrabiata pasta with charred aubergine
Get a fiery kick with this pasta dish. Smoky aubergines and juicy prawns result in a delish combo of ultimate comfort food.
spanish-style chicken traybake
This super-simple dish takes a Spanish twist on chicken and rice. Adding olives into the tomato sauce and parsley to the rice, this zingy dinner feels light and refreshing.
aubergine katsu curry
This veggie alternative to a Japanese classic is the perfect Friday night takeaway alternative. Crispy breadcrumbed aubergine slices and a simple curry sauce - yum!
Perfect for lunchtimes, these stuffed courgettes are packed with flavour! Combining pork mince, herbs and tomatoes, these boats are topping with mozzarella and baked until melted. Serve with salad or rice for a larger meal.
loaded vegetable lasagne
Gluten-free, vegetarian and under £1, this comfort-food fave is ticking all the boxes. Packed with veggies, this traditional Italian alternative gives the classic some competition.
Ham & Mushroom tortilla pizza
"A tortilla makes a brilliant thin pizza base – just add this classic topping with homemade sauce."
Kale pesto spaghetti with roasted tomatoes
"Cashews add creaminess to this veggie pesto, served with pasta and cherry tomatoes."
Pork satay curry
"Nutty satay sauce is the ideal match for lean pork steaks, and making it from scratch is easy."
Vegan butternut squash risotto
"This hearty dish of creamy rice and golden butternut squash takes a bit of time and effort to create, but the end result is well worth it..."
Sticky aubergine with crispy kale
Add umami flavours to these vibrant aubergine ‘steaks’ with a sticky soy and chilli marinade. This sticky aubergine dish is a perfect budget-friendly warmer.
Creamy cauliflower turmeric curry
Cauliflower and crunchy chickpeas add texture, to a zingy ginger sauce. This creamy curry is perfect for a veggie Friday night fakeaway!
Feeling inspired to beat the budget and try these dishes? Head over to Asda to pick up everything you could need.