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Nancy Schaeffer’s Love of Pink…and Green

Nancy Schaeffer; image courtesty of DCT

For the past decade Pinkalicious, the sassy and outspoken character created by sisters Victoria and Elizabeth Kann, has been entertaining young girls through her antics and imagination. Through her love of pink and many hard-learned lessons, Pinkalicious Pinkerton constantly reminds readers why it is important to think before you act.

cut Brussels sprouts; image courtesy of DCTShow Director Nancy Schaeffer is a big fan of the joy in Pinkalicious’ heart, but knows that a balanced diet beats eating too many of Pinkalicious’ pink cupcakes any day. As Schaeffer is prepping veggies, she talks about the importance of everyone eating a rainbow of colorful food. She said, “One of DCT’s doctor friends suggests putting it in these terms: If you have a pet, you want to feed your pet healthy food, and occasionally a few treats.  So do the same for yourself—healthy food and a few treats.”

She knows dessert is great, but doesn’t like eating sweets when she’s too hungryNancy Schaeffer chopping sweet potato; image courtesy of DCT because it upsets her stomach. The fix? “I’d rather eat something healthy then have some treats,” said Schaeffer.

“Lunch is my favorite meal of the day. I love lettuce when it’s in a good salad, and I usually have one for lunch,” said Schaeffer, whose favorite foods include sweet potatoes, roasted veggies, and, yes, a piece of dark chocolate for that something sweet. While Nancy hopes everyone will come see PINKALICIOUS, THE MUSICAL (and enjoy a cupcake) while at the theater, she also wanted to share one of her favorite healthy recipes with you. Enjoy!


Nancy’s Roasted Veggies

Feeds family of 4

Prep time: 15 minutes

Cook time: 30 minutes


3 heads broccoli

2 medium-sized sweet potatoes

1 pound Brussels sprouts

8 ounces sliced mushrooms (optional)

3 tablespoons olive oil

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon pepper

ingredients; image courtesy of DCTPreheat oven to 400°. Cover two (2) baking sheets in foil. Peel skin off sweet potatoes (optional) and cut into 1″ cubes. Rinse Brussels sprouts and broccoli florets in cool water. Cut Brussels sprouts in half. Trim broccoli florets into bite-sized pieces. Spread all across across baking sheets. Add olive oil, salt, and pepper, and mix. Cover with foil.



Roast veggies on baking sheet in 400° oven for 23 minutes. Take baking sheet finished veggies; image courtesy of DCTout of oven and remove foil. Add sliced mushrooms to veggie mix and stir. Recover baking sheet with foil. Cook for additional 7 minutes.

Remove baking sheets from oven, and let veggies cool for 5 minutes before serving.


275x275_pinkPINKALICIOUS, THE MUSICAL runs Now through – July 17, 2016. Recommended for ages 5 and up. Tickets and more information: dct.org/plays/

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