DS is about to start reception but can't feed himself with cutlery. (He can use a fork if you stab it for him) I want to do him a packed lunch that he can eat as independently as possible. I have some ideas, but wondered if there's any I haven't thought of? DS gets bored of food easily so need to make it as varied as I can. My ideas so far are:
Cubes of cheese and pineapple, mozarella balls, cucumber, tomato, carrot, celery, lettuce
Quiche cut up into wedges
Slices of chicken, beef, turkey, lamb (he especially likes chicken or turkey rubbed in a bit of olive oil, black pepper, parsley and thyme, chicken or turkey with garlic and herb butter, lamb with mint)
He likes homemade potato salad, coleslaw, waldorf salad, florida salad but I think that will be too messy as well for school. Would coronation chicken or curried egg mayo work as a filling or again too messy? (He probably has the eating skills of a 12-18 month old?)
If his eating skils are so poor I would think he would struggle with some of the things you're suggesting-will he be able to open up the containers and seal them up again afterwards? Otherwise he'll be leaking stuff out of his lunchbox all afternoon
My DD (no SN) has packed lunches two days a week and I went to lots of effort for the first couple until she started begging me to give her "what the others are having". By this she meant something simple and quisk so she can eat and rush out to play with her friends. Today she had half a cheese and pesto sandwich, five Ritz crackers, a pot of grapes and a froob.
How much does your DS usually eat at lunchtime? I would plan on giving him about 75% of what he would usually have at home.
Well for breakfast at 8am he had a bowl of cereal, 10-10:30 was 1.5 rounds of beans on toast and at 1:30 2 babybels, cucumber, carrot, cherry tomatoes, some crackers with peanut butter, some strawberries and a yoghurt.
In his lunch box I have put a container of 1 orange, about 10 grapes and 5 strawberries, a babybel, a yoghurt, a banana, a sandwich, some fruit loaf and some raisins.
I think your best bet, mess wise, is to go for the drier options like the breads, rice cakes, cracker sort of things, and just vary the flavours as much as poss. He won't have that uch time to eat the spoony stuff anyway so I think sarnies and crackers are best!
Small pies, spring rolls and mini pizzas are what my DD likes as an alternative to 'boring' sandwiches. Occasionally at the weekends we make marmite twirls. A slab of ready made and rolled puff pastry, cut into strips, spread with marmite, rolled into either twirls or pinwheels and baked. She loves those.