Cheating certainly doensn't mean any reduction in flavour or quality of the finished dish: all it does is free your time up by using a brilliant shop-bought ingredient. What could be simpler?

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Lobster RisottoServes 4 as a starter or 2 as a main course

Lobster Risotto

Doesn't this sound like the height of luxury? Well, it is and, thanks to a secret ingredient, plus ready-prepared lobster tails in brine, it's a risotto that anyone can make in minutes.

A Very Quick MoussakaServes 2-3

A Very Quick Moussaka

This brilliant moussaka will give your guests the impression that you've been cooking for hours, when in fact - thanks to a raft of ready-made ingredients - all you've done is a quick assembly job.

Coconut and Lime Jellies with a Puree of Mango and LimeServes 4

Coconut and Lime Jellies with a Puree of Mango and Lime

Coconut, lime and mango are all ingredients found in Thailand and, not surprisingly, this easy cheat dessert would slip down really well after a fiery Asian curry.

Gnocchi CarbonaraServes 4

Gnocchi Carbonara

You've heard of spaghetti carbonara - well, here's an unusual twist on that Italian classic. All you need is five ready-made ingredients for a supper that has plenty of wow factor!

Cheat’s Chocolate TrifleServes 8

Cheat’s Chocolate Trifle

Made in moments, this trifle is a real treat for chocolate lovers. And even complete beginners can make this, as all it involves is a quick trawl round the supermarket and an assembly job.

Cheat's Chocolate Rum GateauServes 8

Cheat's Chocolate Rum Gateau

This recipe looks so impressive that your guests will think you've spent all day in the kitchen. Little do they know that this is a quick and easy recipe that you can make in advance, then just sit back and wait for the compliments!

Aubergines Stuffed with MoussakaServes 4-6

Aubergines Stuffed with Moussaka

Moussaka with a twist here, as Delia uses minced lamb to stuff aubergines in her own version of a Greek classic.

A Summer Trifle with Raspberries and Raspberry PureeServes 6

A Summer Trifle with Raspberries and Raspberry Puree

No cooking here - just an assembly job involving ready-made custard, trifle sponges and a few other magic ingredients. You'll end up with a trifle that will be loved by everyone!

Easy Mince PiesMakes 24 plus

Easy Mince Pies

Those who find pastry difficult to make will love this recipe, where everything is put into a food processor for quick and easy pastry so you still have the superior flavour of home-made, but without the hassle!

Traditional Raspberry TrifleServes 6-8

Traditional Raspberry Trifle

Using fresh raspberries for this luscious trifle makes it even more of a treat, with trifle sponges, raspberry jam and custard adding the other dimensions. You could even use a ready-made custard if short of time.

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