Elizabeth Banks Has Been Sending Her ‘Manny’ Easy Recipes to Make: ‘He’s Never Really Cooked’ (Exclusive)

February 24, 2024

is sharing her love of food with her “manny.”

star, 50, who hosted a happy hour with wine brand on Saturday at the South Beach Wine & Food Festival in Miami, tells PEOPLE she’s gotten inspiration for tons of recipes on Instagram.

“I started saving food inspo on [Instagram], and now all I get is food inspo. And to be honest, I’m cooking tons of stuff off Instagram recipes,” Banks says.

The actress, who shares sons Felix, 11, and Magnus, 10, with husband , also revealed that she recently hired a “manny” (a.k.a male nanny) and has been passing along her favorite recipes to him.

“He’s never really cooked anything,” she says. “And I’ve been sending him this Instagram account that’s, like, a five-ingredient meal from Trader Joe’s.”

“Just make it easy, go buy these five things and put them together,” she explains.

The actress went on to share that she loves food and is “actually a really good cook,” before showing PEOPLE some of her favorite recipe accounts, including one social media page that made one of her new favorite gnocchi dishes. 

Earlier this month, the Charlie’s Angels star celebrated her 50th birthday with fans by sharing a lighthearted showing herself having fun in a golden catsuit. In the clip, she could be seen pretending to do several sultry poses while making funny faces. 

In one shot, she posed with her leg up outside her home while wearing fuzzy slippers on her feet and even attempted a high jump in the air.

“Birthday suit ⭐️ #50,” she captioned the video. She added that she was “inspired by the best to ever do it,” though she did not reveal the person’s name.

Several of her celebrity friends wished her a happy golden birthday, including actress , who wrote, “Happy birthday Queen!!! You are a golden ⭐️.” commented, “Happy birthday hot stuff 🔥❤️.”

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Banks previously opened up about her newfound focus on in an interview with PEOPLE last year.

“You can get away with so much when you’re young — now I just realize that I can’t,” she said at the time. “My skin is a reflection of what’s going on with me holistically. So I’ve really tried to make my beauty routine more holistic. That means a little less drinking, a lot more sleep and a lot more hydration.”

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