20 Recipes Jennifer Garner Has Made on Instagram That Prove Her Pretend Cooking Show Needs to Be Real

If you aren't following Jennifer Garner on Instagram by now, you're missing out — seriously. While she's known for always keeping it real with her followers, she's probably most popular for her recipe videos. She calls it her "Pretend Cooking Show," and in between her hilarious commentary and the peeks at her stunning kitchen, Jen makes some seriously delicious food.

From breakfasts staples like homemade bagels to delicious dinners like flaky fish sticks, Jen is making it easier than ever to say "goodbye" to our favorite cooking shows and "hello" to simple and speedy recipes (but also, someone please get her a Food Network deal). Take a look at some of the best recipes she's shared with her followers, and be prepared to get cookin'!

— Additional reporting by Haley Lyndes


Homemade Bagels

Build your own breakfast with this homemade bagel recipe. You'll be making the dough yourself, so get your kneading knuckles ready!


Melissa Clark’s Spicy, Garlicky Cashew Spread

This vegan spread is perfect for turning a boring meal into something delicious and delightful. Put it on everything (and I mean EVERYTHING) to spice up your meal and pack a punch with flavor.


Ina Garten's Chicken Chili

Complete with chicken, garlic, and plenty of veggies, this hearty and healthy meal is sure to fill your entire household up. It can also easily be made vegan by substituting the chicken for black beans. That's a win-win!


World's Best Popcorn

Nothing pairs better with a movie than some freshly popped popcorn. Throw some peanut oil and popcorn kernels in a pot, crank up the heat, and get popping!


Fresh Mint Ice Cream

Chill out with this delicious mint ice cream. With fresh ingredients like mint leaves and raw sugar, you can enjoy a treat without worrying about any added preservatives.


Chocolate Chip Bread

Sometimes you just need to start your day off with something sweet. Slather on some peanut butter to really satisfy your sweet tooth.


Exie Mae Garner’s Sweet Potato Pudding

You'll want this dish on the table at your next Thanksgiving dinner. Jennifer shared her family recipe for Sweet Potato Pudding on Ina Garten's show, Barefoot Contessa, and we've been drooling over it ever since.


Great Salads

Jennifer's secret to great salad making is choosing a variety of ingredients, chopping them up, and throwing them together in a bowl. Combine them with your favorite dressing and voila! Lunch is served.


Fast Fish Sticks

Embrace your inner kid with these fast fish sticks. All you need is a pound of tilapia, panko bread crumbs, cereal bread crumbs, and some cooking oil, and you're set.


The Best Chocolate Sheet Cake. Ever.

Who on Earth doesn't love chocolate? Combine it with cake and you've really got something magical. Bake this decadent dessert as a way to treat yourself, you won't be disappointed.


Best Chocolate Pudding

Everything in life was simpler when our only concern was whether or not chocolate pudding would be served for dessert in the cafeteria at school. Now you can enjoy chocolate pudding at home anytime!


Pass-It-Back Snack: Oatmeal Bars

These pass-it-back snacks make on-the-go snacking supereasy, no matter where your day takes you.


Beet Chips

"Beat" your junk-food cravings with these naturally delicious beet chips! Slice up your beets, coat them in oil, give them a sprinkle of salt, and you've got a tasty treat.


Kale Chips

Kale doesn't have to be something you force yourself to eat despite the way it tastes. Make it enjoyable by turning your stalks of kale into crispy chips.


Huckleberry English Muffins

Despite the name, there aren't actually any huckleberries in this recipe. However, you will find fluffy, floury goodness.


BeWell Smoothie

With superfoods like chia seeds, blueberries, and almond butter, this smoothie will leave you feeling satisfied. Add protein powder for an added health bonus.


Pumpkin Bread

If Jennifer's kids can make this recipe, you can make it, too. The ingredients are very simple and straightforward, and the bread only needs 50 minutes to bake before it's served!



These pretzels are soft and delicious, and they put anything from the grocery store to shame.



Aside from her singing, Jennifer's pizza-making skills are on point in this video. Plus, she invites a special guest who owns a pizza shop, so you know it's good.


Ina's Lemon Chicken

This is a favorite of Jennifer's, and we can see why. This skillet-roasted chicken is made with lemons and can be paired over almost anything (like rice or salad) for a delicious taste.