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The latest episode of Garner's “#PretendCookingShow" teaches us to make salads that are actually satisfying.

Jennifer Garner knows a thing or two about keeping meals interesting. When she's not busy running her new baby food brand, the actress and mother of four shares cooking tips as part of her "#PretendCookingShow" series on Instagram. Blessing all those who regularly munch on a bowl of greens for lunch, Garner shared her go-to salad formula that not only tastes delicious, but also keeps remarkably well for weekday work lunches.

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Jennifer proves, yet again, she's just like us in sharing that her salads were once "limp carrot shavings and too-cold tomatoes." But she's come up with a foolproof method for making salads that are filling, full of texture, and long-lasting (bye, wilted iceberg).

Garner tends to favor seasonal ingredients, but her formula always stays the same: fresh greens, raw vegetables, a mix of grains or a hearty protein, a generous dose of satisfying fats, and just a splash of dressing.

The only thing we can can find wrong here is her form—Jen, sweetie, watching you slice that avocado in your palm is making me sweat. Haven't you heard what happened to Joy Behar?!

More of Jennifer Garner's easy tips and tricks on Instagram:

Jennifer Garner/Instagram

But I'd like to thank our new favorite cooking show host (seriously, when is someone going to get her off Instagram and onto a real network?!) for showing me how easy it is to make salad fun again. Like me, Garner is a big fan of chopped salads (so “you aren’t battling a dinner plate-sized hunk of lettuce every other bite") which makes following her directions truly easy: simply toss your choices into a bowl and go to town!

Here's Jennifer Garner's recipe formula for the ultimate salad:

1) Start with a blend of greens: Kale, peppery arugula, a sweet butter lettuce mix, or Swiss chard all work here.

2) Chop or julienne a mix of raw or roasted vegetables to add texture (you can skip the croutons!): Green beans, broccoli, bell peppers, butternut squash, or Brussels sprouts would all be great for adding crunch.

3) Add a generous serving of healthy fats: Roasted almonds (or any nuts), some cheese, or creamy avocado all add satiety, so you won’t be starving at 3 p.m.

4) Pick a protein: Try a scoop of quinoa, tofu, sliced chicken, or as Jennifer says, "whatever else sounds good."

5) Keep your dressing simple: Either straight olive oil (a great choice if you buy these high-quality, flavorful options) with a squeeze of lemon, or a straightforward vinaigrette. Make a big batch to portion out over the week and you'll avoid soggy lettuce.

Jennifer Garner and Her Mom Share the Family Cornbread Recipe: “It Tastes Like Home”

Jennifer Garner&rsquos Pretend Cooking Show has brightened our day more times than we can count, especially in quarantine. In the latest episode, she and her mom gift us their family cornbread recipe. And TBH, it looks pretty damn amazing.

In the four-minute Instagram clip, Garner video chats with her (read: adorable, hilarious) mom, who helps her tackle the signature recipe, created by Jennifer&rsquos grandmother. And from what the caption tells us, she always does.

&ldquoI call my mom every time I make cornbread&mdasheven though I&rsquove written the recipe in every notebook, even though I am sure I could toss it together in my sleep. Maybe watching this will show you why, perhaps, I just like to call my mom. &hearts️ This cornbread takes no time at all, is incredibly forgiving, and is an every other day staple at my house: perfect to fill in a dinner, perfect for a snack, perfect for breakfast. Plus, it tastes like home. I hope you love it as much as I do. &hearts️&rdquo

Memorial Day Cookout: 16 Recipes for a Foolproof Feast

It seemed like Memorial Day would never come, but the unofficial start of summer is finally here! Celebrate with a foolproof feast. Whether your hosting a backyard BBQ or taking a dish to a potluck, these grilling recipes, summery salads and simple sweets have you covered.

Made with puréed fresh raspberries, this refreshing lemonade has a fruity flavor and vibrant pink color. GET THE RECIPE

This recipe was inspired by the popular Thai Crunch Salad served at California Pizza Kitchen. It's made with crisp Napa cabbage, crunchy vegetables and edamame but it's the creamy peanut dressing that makes it so good -- I guarantee you'll want to put it on everything! GET THE RECIPE

These chicken skewers marinated in honey, lime juice and Sriracha are every bit as good as they look -- and if you haven't tried Sriracha, the Asian hot sauce named after the coastal city of Si Racha in Thailand, this is the perfect recipe to taste just how delicious it is. GET THE RECIPE

Nothing says summer like Peel n' Eat Shrimp, and they're as easy to make as they are fun to eat. Here, I've prepared them Maryland-style: simmered in beer and Old Bay with homemade cocktail sauce on the side. GET THE RECIPE

Made with bulgur, fresh herbs, chopped vegetables and buttery chickpeas, this Middle Eastern-style salad is like a bulked-up tabbouleh. GET THE RECIPE

These burgers are tender, juicy and full of flavor -- just like the ones served at your favorite steakhouse. GET THE RECIPE

Grilled asparagus and grilled red onions are both fine dishes on their own, but together they're even better. The distinct green flavor of slightly charred asparagus marries beautifully with sweet caramelized onions. GET THE RECIPE

If you prefer a burger that's a bit healthier, try this one. The secret to making them juicy and flavorful is to add Italian turkey sausage, a trick often used with meatballs. GET THE RECIPE

Light, crunchy and refreshing, this salad is the perfect summer accompaniment. GET THE RECIPE

This is my basic, go-to grilled chicken -- perfect for a quick weeknight dinner or cookout -- and so versatile. You can serve the fillets on their own (kids love them), topped with cheese on a toasted bun or, as I often do, sliced over a salad. GET THE RECIPE

If an empty bowl is the sign of a good dish, this dip adapted from The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook is a sure winner. It's tangy, delicious and full of bright summer flavor. GET THE RECIPE

These flavorful shrimp are perfect for entertaining -- either as an appetizer or main course -- because all of the prep is done ahead of time. All you have to do when your guests arrive is throw the skewers on the grill. But be forewarned: people will eat more than their fair share. Make extra! GET THE RECIPE

These tender and sweet cornbread muffins are the perfect side to any outdoor feast. My kids love them so much that I'm constantly swatting their little hands away from the bread basket so they don't fill up. GET THE RECIPE

A few pantry staples and some fresh strawberries are all you need to make this delicious, foolproof cake. And it's so simple, you can have it in the oven in 15 minutes! GET THE RECIPE

With their crisp and buttery shortbread crust, tart lemon filling and powdered sugar topping, these lemon squares are as pretty as they are delicious. They also freeze beautifully, so you can make them ahead of time. GET THE RECIPE

If you've been searching for the perfect brownie recipe, look no further. I promise you, this is it! The recipe comes from Nick Malgieri's Chocolate cookbook, an excellent resource for all things chocolate. GET THE RECIPE

This Is the Pioneer Woman Recipe Jennifer Garner Swears By

Host ree Drummond, as seen on Food Network's The Pioneer Woman, Season 14.

Jennifer Garner is back with another episode of #PretendCookingShow, and she’s making Ree Drummond’s Chocolate Sheet Cake. "It just works every time," says the actress. It’s clearly not Jenn’s first rodeo. She’s labeled the recipe "great" in her copy of Ree’s cookbook. This time around, though, there is one hiccup: Jenn has a fresh manicure which causes some drama when she needs to open a fresh bottle of vanilla extract.

"It must happen to Ina all the time. Her nails are always perfect," says Jenn.

(Thankfully, her manicure makes it through the recipe smudge- and chip-free.)


Ree Drummond's Chocolate Sheet Cake for Food Network

Photo by: Tara Donne ©2012, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Tara Donne, 2012, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Jenn does make a tweak to the recipe, though. Ree’s recipe calls for two cups of all-purpose flour, but Jenn only adds one and a half. We’re not sure what the reasoning is, but Jenn seems pretty confident in her adjustment, even commenting that she could dip a batter-coating spatula in a glass of wine. You do you, Jenn.

No more soggy salad: Packable salad recipes

Keep things interesting by substituting a healthy salad for your kid’s usual lunch.

A delicious salad featuring your child’s favorite vegetables is a nice alternative to the good ol’ peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Many kids, however, won’t touch a salad that hasn’t been doused with dressing, which can make the meal soggy.

Avoid soggy salads with a GladWare To Go lunch container. The salad dressing travels in a special cup that snaps into the lid and keeps it separate from the salad until your child is ready to add it. Try it with one of these delicious dishes:

Athlete Food Greek salad

Mom and professional triathlete Rebeccah Wassner knows what wholesome foods are needed to power her body. Together with her twin sister Laurel, she shares favorite recipes and fabulous tips on the Athlete Food section of their Wassner Twins blog.

Wassner likes her food editor’s version of the traditional Greek salad. “This is the salad to make if you want to pack a week’s worth of vegetables into one bowl,” she jokes. Along with the plentiful vegetables are feta cheese, olives, anchovies and more. Now that’s a power punch!

Get the Greek salad recipe from the Athlete Food blog >>

Strawberry mandarin orange chopped salad

Get your kid to eat spinach by adding some strawberries and oranges! The flavorful recipe from Ceri Wilkin’s RecipeDoodle blog combines fruits and greens for a colorful, kid-approved lunch salad.

And no salad is complete without the right dressing. Wilkins also shares her recipe for an amazing honey dressing that’s the perfect tasty complement!

Get the salad and dressing recipes at Recipe Doodle >>

Roasted beet salad

Have salad, will travel. Portable salads work for Jennifer Fontaine, editor and blogger at Her super-easy beet salad features walnuts and Gorgonzola and takes just 5 minutes to prepare. And it’s easy to pack &mdash in fact, Fontaine has taken it along on a number of family camping trips!

Get the recipe at the Mommy Hiker blog >>

Chicken Parmesan salad

What kid wouldn’t love a salad featuring crispy chicken tenders? Spoonful, a Disney-sponsored family blog, shares a delightful idea for a chicken Parmesan salad that packs up nicely for a take-to-school lunch. Marinated mozzarella, breaded chicken tenders and mixed salad greens combine for a nutritious, kid-pleasing lunch.

The Running Sneakers Jennifer Garner Can't Stop Wearing

Plus, they're currently on sale! Grab them in one of two color combos.

Jennifer Garner knows a good thing when she sees (or tries, or tastes) it. After all, she introduced us to the perfect natural sunscreen, the world’s comfiest bra, and this drool-worthy Bolognese.

That’s especially true when it comes to wellness, as she’s consistently opening our eyes to new workouts and—via her #PretendCookingShow on Instagram𠅊 slew of healthy, delicious recipes—this foolproof work salad is seriously a game-changer.

Naturally, we take notice when the actress (who, at the age of 47, is arguably in the best shape of her life) takes a liking to a particular workout brand, especially when she’s opting for the same pick over and over again, despite having access to every expensive option available.

Cue the Newton Fate 4 Sneaker (Buy It,, which the actress has been spotted wearing (and that’s just by paparazzi) on at least 12 occasions while logging some serious steps exercising and running errands all over Los Angeles in recent months. (She’s even been seen rocking matching sneakers𠅎ven down to the color combo—with her friends. #WorkoutTwins.)

The running sneaker is available in both men&aposs and women&aposs styles, each with two distinct color palettes (Garner has both the Violet/Sky Blue and Silver/Violet), and designed with the brand’s signature Action/Reaction technology and Newtonium cushioning for responsive, 𠇏ull-foot” support and protection. In addition, it boasts a reflective logo and breathable upper (especially valuable during evening summer runs) and stretch panels for added comfort and mobility. (Related: The 2019 Shape Shoe Awards Have a Pair for Every Occasion)

The fourth installment in the Fate series has a five-star rating on Newton’s website, with reviewers hailing the design as “light,” “soft,” “springy” and 𠇍urable,” making it the quintessential running shoe.

And this isn&apost the first time Garner&aposs been seen sporting Newton&aposs running shoes. She’s also had serious moments with her Newton Women’s Gravity 8 in Blue/Lime (Buy It, $175, and Newton Women’s Distance 8 in Orange/Blue (Buy It, $155,—so it appears she&aposs super brand loyal. (Looking for the right running shoe for you? The Best Long-Distance Running Shoes)

Grab your own pair, originally priced at $140 but currently on sale via the official brand site and Amazon, before they sell out. 

Can you cook corn in the husks?

I wondered if it would be easier to remove the husks and silks after cooking the corn, so I tried cooking corn in the husks in my Instant Pot. What I found was that it wasn’t any easier to shuck the corn after it was cooked. The corn was too hot to handle when it first came out of the pot, so I had to wait for the corn to cool. When the corn was cool enough to shuck after cooking, I was in a rush finishing up the rest of our meal and trying to get dinner on the table.

It’s much easier to get dinner on the table when you remove the husks and silks before cooking the corn, and you can prep your corn ahead earlier in the day to save time later. If you really want to cook corn in the husks, you should add one minute to the pressure cook time.

Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Garner Were Spotted Getting Flirty at the Beach

Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Garner were spotted spending time together at the beach.

TMZ says Bradley and Jen looked pretty flirty.

Now that Bradley Cooper and Irina Shayk are no longer together, it looks like he just might be moving on with another lady. Sadly, it is not me (*sobs*), but I fully approve of Bradley's choice nonetheless. Take a deep breath because the woman is none other than. Jennifer Garner! Surprise!

While we were all minding our business yesterday, Bradley and Jennifer took a lovely trip to a Malibu beach, which sounds innocent enough. But according to TMZ, who scored the pics right this way, things looked a little flirty. Of course, a pair of recently single adult friends can go to the beach together without it being a

, so let's suspend disbelief for now. In the meantime, feel free to gush over how cute Jennifer looked while playing with Bradley's adorable daughter, Lea de Seine Shayk Cooper.

If you're scratching your head trying to figure out how the heck these two are even friends, remember that Bradley and Jennifer starred opposite each other for two seasons on ABC's spy thriller, Alias. Just look at their chemistry!

Following Bradley and Irina's breakup, an Us Weekly report shared that they were both ready to find love again. “They want to date, and won’t be shy about meeting people or being set up,” their source said. “They’re closing a long chapter of their lives, but they’re ready to see what’s next.”

When Martha and Jennifer Garner Made a Summer Feast

They caught up over next-level BLTs and peach pie on Facebook Live.

Martha welcomed a very special guest in the studio yesterday: actress Jennifer Garner. Together, they cooked up the perfect summer lunch, answered questions from fans on Facebook, and compared notes on everything from raising their own chickens (they both have French Marans in their flocks) to their favorite desserts (both appreciate a well-made chocolate chip cookie, especially with a little flaky salt on top and as the base of an ice-cream sandwich!). Luckily, Jennifer is no stranger to multitasking: in addition to her many filming projects-she recently finished shooting Camping, a comedy series for HBO, and has an action movie called Peppermint coming out in September-she&aposs also the cofounder and chief brand officer of Once Upon a Farm, an organic baby food company.

First up on the menu was a peach potpie (which our test kitchen declared the dessert of summer 2018!). Martha had Jennifer cut the puff pastry while she prepared the filling. Martha&aposs tips: cognac or Sauternes instead of bourbon would also be delicious with the peaches, any leftover puff pastry can be used to make tiny peach pies, and clingstone peaches, which are available earlier in the season than the freestone variety, are harder to cut (this made Jennifer feel better about not being able to slice them perfectly).

Martha then walked Jennifer through breaking down lobster for the bacon-lobster-tomato sandwiches (from our July/August cover!). As Martha meticulously extracted the lobster meat from the shell, Jennifer said, "The first time I met you, you said if you weren&apost doing what you&aposre doing, you could&aposve been a surgeon." Martha replied, "If I could act, I would be doing that, not this!"

Jennifer Garner's Foolproof Salad Is Perfect for Taking to Work - Recipes

Yesterday we questioned a recent People report detailing Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner’s activities over the weekend, when they celebrated their 9th wedding anniversary. I wondered if the PR was being laid on too thick. It’s possible that Garner and Affleck are just too famous at this point to avoid it, but there’s something questionable to me about all these stories coming out in the wake of Affleck’s gambling mini scandal.

Now there’s a follow-up story and it begs the same question: is this too much? These two are of course big stars and it looks like someone from the restaurant in Michigan spoke to the press. Does that mean that the restaurant staff are breathlessly giving the press details or that a PR person is crafting a narrative? This job has made me cynical. (I’ve always been like that.)

So People, US Magazine and Radar have stories about Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner’s anniversary dinner. People’s platitudes make it sound like their source is in the Affleck camp while Radar states that someone at the restaurant spoke to them. They even have the guy’s name. I’m including People’s article below.

For Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck, nothing says “happily married” like a steak and seafood dinner.

The down-to-earth actors celebrated their ninth wedding anniversary Sunday with a cozy dinner at Bistro 82 in Royal Oak, Michigan — not far from where Affleck, 41, has been filming Batman vs. Superman in Detroit.

“They looked like a great couple. They paid a lot of attention to each other,” a restaurant source tells PEOPLE, adding that the stars shared “a great bottle of wine” at the local hot spot.

Also on the menu: steak, salad, and oysters. And Batman proved he’s a meat and potatoes kind of guy, telling staff that the french fries served with béarnaise sauce and parmesan were the best he’s ever had.

Garner, 42, and her hubby noshed on the French fare for about an hour and a half, ringing up a food bill around $150. The parents of three were both dressed casually (she in a black dress, he in a button-down and jeans) and thanked the bistro’s workers as they left smiling, another diner tells PEOPLE.

“Everyone was freaking out in the restaurant,” says the source. “I was starstruck.”

After seeing Hollywood’s cutest couple eating fries at your local haunt, who wouldn’t be?

People: “Hollywood’s cutest couple” and “happily married.” It does just look like a case of the outlets’ different styles. Radar named their source at the restaurant and included more factual and down to earth quotes like “They were very low key” and “They were dressed very casually, just like anyone else at the restaurant.” So I do think it’s just someone at the restaurant going to the press. If you take it at face value, it’s a nice story about a couple reconnecting. Plus I just did a search on the restaurant, Bistro 82′s, social media accounts and they’re posting to Facebook and Twitter about this so it looks legit. This story makes me hungry for french fries and oysters.

Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner are shown in January and February, 2014. Credit: FameFlynet, WENN and Pacific Coast News

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