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Top 10 easy cheat’s recipes


Use our clever cheats and kitchen hacks to make a filling dinner or easy sweet treats. These super simple recipes make impressive meals in minutes.

Whip up an impressive Spanish omelette to share, hearty sticky toffee puddings or a plate of tasty gnudi in mere minutes with our clever kitchen hacks. Try our favourite cooking hacks and simple ideas to create a family dinner in a flash or a quick dinner party dessert.


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1. Cheat’s Spanish omelette

Spanish omelette cut into wedges

Break with tradition and try our incredible two-ingredient cheat's Spanish omelette. Serve up wedges of this Mediterranean-inspired treat with salad or in a chunky sandwich for a filling lunch. It's also delicious as part of a tapas platter. The secret ingredient? The humble crisp. Try it now, thank us later. 

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2. Spinach gnudi

Gnudi on plate

Turn four key ingredients into a mouth-watering Italian dinner for two. Make our cheat's gnudi in just 25 minutes using a bag of spinach, cheese and some breadcrumbs. Serve these delicious dumplings with a generous grating of parmesan and a drizzle of olive oil. Try our best ever gnocchi recipes for even more satisfying platefuls. 

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3. Black dhal

Black dhal with cauliflower in bowls

Our crowd-pleasing black dhal topped with spicy cauliflower makes for a filling family meal. This simple cheat's version uses pre-prepared puy lentils as a base and a creamy coconut milk sauce. Charring the cauliflower slightly in the oven enhances the toasted spices. Suitable for veggies and vegans, it's great for satisfying everyone's tastes. 

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4. Quick sticky toffee puddings

Puddings in dishes with ice cream

You can make one of our favourite classic puds in 15 minutes flat with our shameless recipe hack. Try our quick sticky toffee pudding the next time you need a family-friendly dessert in no time. Use crumbled chocolate muffins for your base, then whip up a simple toffee sauce and top with ice cream. Alternatively, grab a bar of milk chocolate and make our 5-minute mocha pots

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5. Easy laksa

Laksa with prawns in bowl

Craving something comforting that packs in plenty of flavour? Make a batch of our easy laksa, with aromatic Thai spices and a creamy coconut soup. You'll have one pan to wash up and a filling dinner on the table. Use a ready-made spice paste for a speedy shortcut. 

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6. Super quick ramen 

Ramen with egg in bowl

Rustle up a warming veggie supper in fifteen minutes flat with super-quick sesame ramen recipe. This healthy twist on a fast-food favourite is budget-friendly and perfect for a no-fuss dinner. Turn a packet of instant noodles into something special with the addition of some fresh veg, a runny boiled egg and a drizzle of chilli sauce. 

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7. Aubergine Parmigiana

Aubergines with cheese and tomato in dish

Hack your way to a classic Italian dish with just four ingredients and our cheat's aubergine Parmigiana. Assemble this hearty meal for two in minutes, leave in the oven and enjoy a bubbling, cheesy beauty. Serve with hunks of crusty bread or a homemade focaccia and a simple green salad. You're one step away from no-fuss dining perfection. 

8. Chicken tikka masala pizzas

Chicken tikka masala pizzas

Skip the time it takes to make pizza dough from scratch and try our alternative pizza base recipes. Try our chicken tikka masala pizzas, loaded on fluffy naan breads. The combination of spicy chicken, cooling yogurt and sweet mango chutney is hard to beat. Use up a plain tortilla and try our egg & rocket pizzas, or try a pitta, puff pastry or a halved baguette. 

9. Cheat's katsu curry

Katsu curry with rice in bowl with salad and pickles

Switch up boring breaded chicken and create a cheat's katsu curry with a moreish peanut sauce. Served with crunchy pickled cabbage, fresh salad and fluffy rice, this is an instant winning dinner. Want a speedy lunch? Shun soggy sarnies and try our katsu curry wrap. Satisfy your cravings for crispy chicken and curry spices with our best ever katsu curry recipes

Treat your tastebuds to more curries for when you're in a hurry with our quick curry recipe collection

10. Microwave chocolate cake

Chocolate cake with slice cut

You can make a mouth-watering array of sweet treats using one of our favourite pieces of kitchen kit. Make a squidgy microwave chocolate cake in just 15 minutes, complete with silky smooth ganache. Need a homemade gift in a hurry? Try our fast truffle fudge, made with just four ingredients. Or if you need a chocolate fix for one, whip up our innovative microwave mug cake and serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. 

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