Thank you to everyone who sent help yesterday after I asked for school lunch suggestions. I really appreciate them! I’m happy to report that the cream cheese & applesauce sandwich was a hit with both kids, although I think 50% applesauce makes the mixture too thin. I’ll try a 2:1 ratio next time, and I need to work on my cinnamon raisin bread technique too, since the bread was a little crumbly because I put the raisins too close to the edge.
Gina‘s suggestions have me thinking outside the box a little bit, and I’m wondering if Alex would have taken some cold pasta bolognese leftover from Tuesday night’s dinner, or if he’d eat some cold pizza rolls. He also loves shredded chicken in pita, but that’s a meal that usually takes him some time to eat, and time really seems to be a huge issue for him.
It rained all day today, so the kids ate in the classroom instead of going to the cafeteria, and Alex said that he has plenty of time to eat when they eat in the classroom. (Probably because they don’t have to head to recess on the playground after eating when it’s raining outside.) And indeed, he said he ate everything today. So I’m making it a priority to give him easy to eat foods. For us, that means mainly finger foods, but hopefully as the school year progresses, he’ll get the hang of eating quickly (but just at school – I don’t want him wolfing down food at the dinner table!).
As I get the hang of what to pack for lunch, I’ll take some photos and share my what’s working for us. I do like the bento-style of packing a lot, and I do it even with sandwiches.