Mom spends hours creating amazing culinary art to convince her son to eat her vegetables

Maleen Macatanga says she spends hours every day creating art from food to make her son’s meals look more appealing and encourage him to eat vegetables.

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Mom creates amazing dishes to convince her son to eat vegetables

As any parent will know, get your kids really excited eat vegetables It’s not always easy, especially if you want to make sure they get a variety of healthy greens on a daily basis.

And a mom has said that she tries so hard to make sure her son happily chews his food that she spends hours in the kitchen creating his dinner artwork.

Maleen Macatanga, 39, recreated paintings such as Mona Lisa as well as food-based versions of beloved characters like Winne the Pooh, all of which aim to get her nine-year-old son, Chase, to eat his veggies.

The tradition began when the family lived in the Philippines in 2017, and Maleen started back after having a broken lock in their home in Pennsylvania, USA.

Maleen makes culinary art to encourage son Chase to eat her vegetables


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She said: “Chase is a very picky eater, so I started garnishing his dishes. It worked amazingly, it really helped him try new foods and eat more vegetables.

“I started with Bento Boxes, then moved on to disc art. I took a short pause when we moved to the US because I had a lot on my plate, but with more time at home. During the pandemic, I started again.”

Maleen – who posts her creations on Instagram through her @ sorry.justhangry account – says the decoration of her creations takes at least half an hour, but if there are elements she also has to cook, making dinner for her son could take more than an hour.

Her creations include food-based pieces based on real art


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She added: “If I have to cook everything first, then like an hour, but only garnish is about 30 minutes.

“After that, I always have to take pictures, and my husband Jethro, 41, always jokes about it, asking if he’s been allowed to eat. But I love posting them on Instagram because they get such an amazing reaction. surprised.”

The mother also tries to use leftovers whenever possible so she never wastes food and insists she loves all dinners with her artwork equally.

Maleen also created beloved character art


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Her works can take more than an hour to make


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She said: “I just love them all and I get inspiration from all over the place for art. Obviously, it depends on the food that we have and the color mainly.

“I also always try to incorporate leftovers where possible to reduce food waste.”

Maleen’s creations often include rice shaped into various animals and faces, and vegetables like spinach and peas that look like grass.

And she loves to see reactions from other moms on social media, as they often ask her for tips on dealing with fussy babies.

She said: “I like the reaction from other moms mostly.

“I get a lot of comments asking me to teach them how I prepare the food that I make because they are facing similar problems. We all know how difficult it is to raise. a child who is a picky eater and looks for what they will eat.

“People always say I’ve inspired them, but the truth is they’ve inspired me.”

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