Soft meat, or slow-cooked meats, are options that require less chewing while still offering protein. Cutting the meat in small bite-sized portions helps to decrease the chewing time, especially when your child is in pain. Some soft meat choices include meatloaf, meatballs, pot roast, roasted chicken, soft-cooked fish, fish sticks and chicken nuggets. Vegetables that are cooked to a soft consistency or mashed, such as potatoes, carrots, squash and greens, add an additional food group to the meal. For carbohydrates, cook up some pasta, rice, risotto or couscous.