This Mom Who Makes The Coolest Plates Of Food For Her Kid Deserves Instagram Stardom

phonto-18__1376238063_142.196.156.251I’ve been very vocal about the fact that sites like Pinterest make me feel like a total mom failure because I suck at all things crafty. In the same vein, I don’t think I could ever pull off the plates of food that Samantha LeeĀ makes for her kids – but her adorable website and how-to instructions make me want to try.

I started my very first Bento making in December 2008, when I was heavily pregnant with my second daughter. It was to let my elder daughter to eat independently after the arrival of her younger sister. I was very lucky and blessed that my creations never failed to impress my elder daughter and it made her looked forward to the next meal. Now, she has her little sister fighting over which character they should get during mealtime. It makes meal time extremely fun.



Some of these designs are just over-the-top my God I could never pull this off. But the way in which she makes the designs is such a cool idea. I may not be able to craft a Despicable Me Minion on a meatball covered in cheese, but I could use her technique to pull off a design a little more my speed. Like the letter “L” or a triangle or something. My toddler is easily impressed. With me as a mother he kind of has to be.

Each of these step-by-step recipes has ideas that you can steal, even if you can’t make the plate in all of its glory. Anyone can make the little salad island the little Minions above are sitting on. What a cute idea. Lee claims to only use simple ingredients and kitchen tools everyone has around the house.

In an interview with Today Moms, Lee explained that she started making these creations to deal with a daughter who was a slow eater. She was looking for “ways to encourage her to eat more independently.” Her trick worked. I think some of these techniques would be fantastic for picky little eaters – assuming they just don’t start playing with their food and entirely forget to eat it.

Her photos have earned her over 200,000 Instagram followers. If you take a couple minutes to look over her work, you’ll understand why.

(photo: Samantha Lee/

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