For Molly Sims, cooking with her three kids is all about making food fun—and it starts at the supermarket. “My kids love going to the grocery store with me,” says the actress, model, and author of Everyday Chic: My Secrets for Entertaining, Organizing, and Decorating at Home. “When we’re there, I put together a scavenger hunt for them and they have to do things like weigh apples on the scale.”
Once they get home, she divides up the cooking tasks: Brooks, 5, is old enough to put seasonings on chicken; three-year-old Scarlett “kills it with the salad spinner”; and 16-month-old Grey gets the job of supervisor. Molly places him on the counter so he can hang out and snack and keep an eye on the action.
Whenever she’s feeding her little ones, Molly looks for ways to make the food more kid-friendly. “I’ll cut their sandwiches, pasta, or fruit into funny shapes,” she says. “If there’s something that I can turn into a star, I’ll do it.”
All of this fun ultimately serves a more serious purpose: raising enthusiastic eaters. “I started to introduce a variety of foods to my kids at an early age,” she says. “Now they’ll pretty much eat everything in our fridge.”
"If you want your kids to eat more adventurous things, start early," says Molly. "And even if they don't like something the first time, try it again. Also, give them some control. My kids love to eat off their superhero plates and pick out their favorite colored forks."
"To get my kids involved, I let them pick their food from our garden," says Molly. "We have tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, herbs, all types of lettuce, and even a kumquat tree. Brooks and Scarlett are great helpers."
Molly's Moroccan Chicken with Green Olives & Lemon
Don’t assume that your kids won’t like something because it’s not classic kid food. Molly’s kiddos gobble up this mildly spiced Moroccan chicken dish.
Molly's Greek-Style Chopped Salad
Recipe: Try Molly's Greek-Style Chopped Salad