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Cheat’s recipes

Try our easiest ever cheat's recipes to make dinners or desserts in a flash with minimal effort. Use our top cooking hacks to create speedy meals.

16 ratings 4.4 out of 5 star rating

This speedy version of the classic Japanese noodle soup makes a delicious everyday dinner or warming lunch - and it's low in fat and calories too

30 mins
Easy
3 ratings 2.7 out of 5 star rating

Transform a bag of spinach with this cheat's gnudi, gnocchi-like dumplings made with cheese instead of potato. You only need four ingredients and 25 minutes

25 mins
Easy
Vegetarian
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1 rating 5.0 out of 5 star rating

This simple, speedy tortilla is perfect for satisfying cheesy cravings and makes an ideal lunch or easy supper. Top with crunchy onions and gooey gruyère

30 mins
Easy
16 ratings 4.3 out of 5 star rating

Versatile, low in fat, and made from storecupboard stables, customise these spicy noodly according to taste - or convenience

40 mins
Easy
19 ratings 4.9 out of 5 star rating

Transform ready-made breaded chicken steaks into a speedy Japanese-style supper with a spicy, nutty curry sauce

40 mins
Easy
10 ratings 4.7 out of 5 star rating

A cheat's way to create that classic Italian dish, aubergine Parmigiana, with just four ingredients and no fuss. Assemble this family-friendly meal in minutes

1 hr and 2 mins
Easy
Vegetarian
0 ratings 0.0 out of 5 star rating

This sugary cake traditionally uses dough similar to croissants. Making them from scratch is a challenge, so we've come up with this simple cheat's version

50 mins
Easy
Vegetarian
5 ratings 5.0 out of 5 star rating

If you're eating gluten-free or dairy-free, try this delicious dhal topped with spicy cauliflower as a filling dinner or as a smaller side dish

35 mins
Easy
Vegan
Gluten-free
4 ratings 4.5 out of 5 star rating

No need for tricky breadcrumbing and deep-frying - these creamy baked garlic Kievs are really easy to assemble

35 mins
Easy
Gluten-free
8 ratings 4.2 out of 5 star rating

Save time by using ready-made pastry and custard powder for this easy Manchester tart – it still has all the lovely flavours of this classic northern dessert

55 mins
Easy
Vegetarian
4 ratings 4.5 out of 5 star rating

Raid your storecupboard and rustle up this cheesy bake with a creamy sauce and tortilla wrap 'pancakes'

45 mins
Easy
1 rating 3.0 out of 5 star rating

Try our take on larb, a Southeast Asian dish traditionally made using minced meat. Here, we've used sausages to make things a bit simpler, but it's still full of authentic flavours 

20 mins
Easy
2 ratings 4.0 out of 5 star rating

If your bananas are on the verge of being overripe, peel them, pop them in an airtight container and freeze them to make this delicious dessert, quick as a flash

10 mins
Easy
Vegetarian
5 ratings 4.4 out of 5 star rating

An easy blended sorbet with vibrant Thai basil and spicy ginger. Try serving with a drizzle of vodka or white rum

5 mins
Easy
Vegan
Gluten-free
6 ratings 4.9 out of 5 star rating

Need a pudding fast? These four-ingredient pots taste as good as they look and will save the day in under 20 minutes

15 mins
Easy
29 ratings 3.6 out of 5 star rating

Edwina Hanslo's delicious and super quick chocolate cake with a creamy ganache is the perfect choice for busy mums

15 mins
Easy
6 ratings 4.9 out of 5 star rating

This show-stopping cheesecake makes an impressive ending to any dinner party, buffet or barbecue. Prepare up to a day in advance.

25 mins
Easy
33 ratings 4.5 out of 5 star rating

Discover a shameless shortcut to this family favourite pud

15 mins
Easy
16 ratings 4.5 out of 5 star rating

This quick, make-ahead dessert is perfect when having a night in just the two of you

15 mins
Easy
1 rating 5.0 out of 5 star rating

Transform frozen cauliflower and broccoli into a classic veggie side dish that takes just 10 minutes to prepare

30 mins
Easy
Vegetarian
12 ratings 4.1 out of 5 star rating

A classic recipe with a cheat's method – just pop this in the microwave for speedy results. It's high in fibre and folic acid, and low in fat

25 mins
Easy
Healthy
Vegetarian
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