Attention New Moms!

As told to Kate Meyers

Actress Kim Raver wants you to benefit from her sleepless nights: Here, the difficult (and wonderful) lessons she learned about taking care of yourself while taking care of your kids.

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Recipes for new moms

Kim's mom, Tina Raver, shares some of the meals she made for Kim right after Leo was born.

Veal or Chicken Paillard

2 large slices of veal or chicken breast, cut 1/8-inch thick
Flour, for dredging
3 tablespoon olive oil or butter
1 clove garlic, chopped
Salt and pepper, to taste
1 lemon (juice one half, slice other half)
2 tablespoon capers, drained, chopped
2 tablespoon parsley, chopped
3 tablespoon hot water

Put veal slices between sheets of plastic wrap one at a time and pound with a meat mallet to even out thickness; dredge lightly in flour. Heat a large frying pan over medium-high heat. Add olive oil, then garlic. Fry both sides of meat until golden. Season with salt and pepper and add lemon juice, capers, 1 tablespoon of the parsley, lemon slices, and 2 to 3 Tbsp hot water. Let it bubble up, then cover pan and cook 2 minutes, so meat is cooked through (make sure there is liquid left in pan). Turn off heat and let pan stand 5 minutes with lid on. Add the remaining parsley and serve (or store for next day).

Easy Meatloaf

1 medium onion, chopped
3 celery sticks, chopped
3 carrots, sliced
1/2 green or red bell pepper, chopped
1/2 (10-oz) box sliced mushrooms
2 tablespoon parsley, chopped
2 tablespoon soy sauce
1/2 pound ground veal
1/2 pound ground beef
1/2 pound ground pork
Salt and pepper, to taste
1 tablespoon mustard
1 small can tomato sauce

Heat oven to 350 degrees F. In a large frying pan (coated with oil or cooking spray, unless nonstick), sauté onion, celery, carrots, pepper, mushrooms, and parsley until soft and wilted. Add soy sauce and continue to stir, cooking for a total of 8 to 10 minutes. Put meats into a large mixing bowl and mix with salt, pepper, and mustard. Add vegetable mixture and stir until well blended. Put into a meatloaf pan. Cover meat with tomato sauce. Bake 45 to 60 minutes. Serve with green beans and boiled new potatoes.


Reprinted with Permission of Hearst Communications, Inc. Originally Published: What Every New Mom Must Know

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Peter July 11, 2012 | 5:16 AM

Megan !This beautiful piece of art is your micarle .. the beginning of a new life! Congratulations! Enjoy each day .. don't loose a moment of the excitment, joy and happiness of one tiny, tiny beautiful little blessed infant .. she's a real person already! My wishes for much happiness and good health for the three of you ..I thank Alexandra for keeping me posted on the girls I had learned to love and adore thruout your childhood, and adusthood .. thank you for sharing beautiful Jennifer with me .. God bless you ..A reminder .. Giovanna as you know is better known as Alexandra's Mama G and until this day AND all the tomorrows she will always be my very special loving Princess, my Alexandra. I do miss her so .. but each night I hold her so dear to me ..I just know you are learning that feeling already, having Jennifer .. each day your love will be more glorious than yesterday .. more greater tomorrow .. how wonderful for all the mysteries of life the tomorrows will bring ..Love you a bunch, Meggan .. always g xoxo

ireen October 01, 2008 | 11:57 AM

being a great actress, a great spokesperson for Unicef, and also a great mom, the multiple-identity has made Kim more attractive. I think everyone should join the Unicef program with Kim. http://drink1give10 For the good cause!!

layla September 17, 2008 | 4:56 AM

My friend just sent me this site and I am so thankful. I am a new mom by 12 days. My little Jonathan is truly a miracle as I had a lot of complications going into this pregnancy all the way till the end. He came a month early and is already very strong headed. I read #2 regarding new moms... I almost started to cry... and laugh at the same time! I'm so thrilled that I'm not alone. You're notes a re so helpful. Keep em cmoing! =)

Mom September 15, 2008 | 3:49 PM

hi

Sara September 15, 2008 | 3:24 PM

Just thought you might like to read this. I opened it today and thought of you.....

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