Virginia Willis

Virginia Willis is a James Beard award-winning cookbook author, television personality, content creator, motivational speaker, and social media influencer. Learn more of her story…

Recently, her work has been inspired by her weight loss success story, Virginia has lost 65# and kept it off for 2 years “If a French-trained, Southern chef can do it, you can, too.” Check out the Press Page for articles and inspiration.

I believe you can eat foods that are delicious – even sometimes indulgent and decadent – and still lose weight to become healthy and strong. Why drive yourself crazy with long lists of foods you cannot have? Eat the ding dang cake. My recipes are for real-life healthy eating and weight loss that taste great. 

I am a real life walking example that this can be done. It’s changed my life. It’s not just about weight, it’s about feeling good in your body, taking care of your body, and living your best life. 

Progress is progress no matter how small. Don’t stop before you start. You can do it.  

Cooking with Virginia is packed with tips, techniques, and good and good-for-you  recipes for home cooks. 

Head over to Instagram for motivational tips and more food, fun, and fitness.

Bon Appétit, Y’all!



Virginia knows how to coax the most incredible flavor out of relatively simple ingredients; she truly understands the adage, “less is more,” and exemplifies it in her cooking. 

As an added bonus — beyond being fuss-free and delicious, Virginia keeps these simple sides feeling fresh, nutritious, and light. Because of her own journey with healthy eating and weight loss, Virginia is an enthusiastic cheerleader for others seeking to make lifestyle changes in the interest of feeling healthier and happier! 

Click HERE to see her slideshow of recipes —  and make sure to save and come back for more! 

ENTER TO WIN! Head over to INSTAGRAM to win a free copy of Fresh Start: Cooking with Virginia A Real Life Guide to Healthy Eating and Weight Loss PLUS a subscription to Allrecipes magazine! 

Cooking with Virginia

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Six Simple Summer Sides

Hot temps call for chill sides. Not necessarily “chill,” as in temperature, but most certainly  “chill” as in effort required! Puns aside, keeping the heat

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Are Blueberries Healthy?

Blueberries are more than healthy — they are a superfood! They are also joyful, conjuring thoughts of summer desserts like bubbling cobblers, purple-stained crusty pies,

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