About Donna Fasano

USA TODAY BESTSELLING AUTHOR DONNA FASANO is a three-time winner of the HOLT Medallion, a CataRomance Reviewers Choice Award winner for Best Single Title, a Desert Rose Golden Quill Award finalist, a Golden Heart finalist, and a two-time winner of Best Romance of the Year given by BigAl's Books & Pals Review Blog. Her books have sold nearly 4 million copies worldwide and have been published in two dozen languages. Her books have made the Kindle Top 100 Paid List numerous times, climbing as high as #5. View website

Quinoa Salad #Recipe by @Donna_Fasano

Quinoa Salad RecipeQuinoa Salad. I can hear you now. Kwin-what? A highly nutritious and gluten free seed, quinoa (pronounced  KEEN-wah) is originally from the Andean region of South America. It has a mild, slightly nutty flavor that makes it a great substitute for rice or couscous. Quinoa is packed with nutrition; it’s an exceptional source of protein, containing all eight amino acids, which makes it an excellent option for people looking to reduce their consumption of meat. Quinoa a good source of dietary fiber and contains B vitamins, calcium, phosphorus, and iron. Quinoa Salad is easy to prepare, tastes great, is gluten free, and is very versatile.

One note, check the package! If the quinoa you purchase isn’t pre-rinsed, you must rinse it in a fine sieve to remove the bitter-tasting saponins.

I’m the kind of cook who opens the refrigerator and asks, “What’s for dinner?” This recipe is perfect for me as I have used any combination of the veggies listed below to prepare this salad. Whatever is on hand, that’s what I use.

First, cook the quinoa: Bring 3 cups of water to a boil and add 1 ½ cups of quinoa

Turn down the heat and simmer for 10 minutes, then turn off the heat and let the quinoa sit for five minutes.

While the quinoa is cooking, prepare your vegetables. Choose at least three of the veggies listed below, four is better, five is YUM! The mix of cooked and raw vegetables adds to the great texture of this delicious salad.

  • 1 cucumber, peeled, quartered and chopped
  • 2 fresh tomatoes, chopped
  • ¼ cup Kalamata olives, pitted and sliced
  • 1 cup fresh broccoli florets, raw or lightly sautéed in olive oil
  • 1 cup carrot, raw, shredded
  • 1 cup leeks, sliced and lightly sautéed in olive oil
  • 1 cup fresh sugar snap peas, raw
  • 1 small jar of marinated baby beets, drained
  • 1 cup fresh cauliflower, raw or lightly sautéed in olive oil
  • ¼ cup sliced scallions
  • 1 cup frozen baby peas, thawed
  • 1 cup red, yellow, or green bell pepper, seeded and sliced
  • 1 or 2 small zucchini, quartered and chopped, raw or lightly sautéed
  • 1 avocado, peeled and chopped
  • 1 jar of marinated artichoke hearts, drained and sliced thin
  • 1 can chick peas, rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup snow peas, raw
  • 1 cup fresh asparagus, chopped (raw if it’s thin, or lightly steamed if it’s thick)

You get the idea! Any vegetable will work. Use whatever you like.

Other optional ingredients I’ve used (choose 1 nut/seed and/or 1 cheese):

  • ½ cup of walnut pieces
  • ½ cup pecan pieces
  • ½ cup sunflower seeds
  • ½ cup pine nuts
  • 8 oz. mozzarella cheese, cubed
  • ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • ½ cup feta cheese, crumbled

Ingredients I always use in this salad:

To assemble:

Stir together the quinoa, parsley, salt, pepper, and your choice of vegetables/nuts/seeds in a large bowl. Serve warm or at room temperature or chill for several hours. I always get rave reviews when I bring this salad to potluck dinners or family gatherings. Enjoy!

Weddings in the Time of Coronavirus by @Donna_Fasano

Last year, I received a Save The Date card for a huge destination wedding of a family member that was to take place this month. But then COVID-19 hit our country hard and large gatherings were prohibited. The bride and groom have decided to postpone their wedding until 2021. This young couple are going to wait a whole year to tie the knot! I feel so bad for them, but what else could they do?

The question got me thinking about weddings during the pandemic. People have to go on with their lives, right? Or is everyone postponing their nuptials? THOSE questions had me going to Google to do some research.

It seems that lots of couples have put off their weddings. But others have decided to elope… just the two of them. Hey, when LOVE calls, ya gotta do what ya gotta do! Others are settling for what are called “mini-monies,” which are miniature ceremonies that include guests of only 10 family members and friends. The important thing to these people is the “getting hitched” part and they’re not too hung up on the size of the guest list. Even though they must settle for a minimalist approach now, they can always plan a bigger celebration later.

Do you know a couple who was planning a wedding? Did they cancel? Or did they decide to go for it?

This month, I’m offering my book, THE WEDDING PLANNER’S SON, for just 99¢ for Kindle readers. Click the cover below and you’ll be taken to the Kindle Store.

7 Inspiring Quotes About Speaking Up for What is Right

7 Inspiring Quotes on Standing Up for What is RightI have always been awe-struck by those who are smart enough to speak out using indelible words that have the ability to change the hearts and the behaviors of others. Here are seven inspiring quotes about speaking up for what is right. Have you found inspiring quotes that motivate you to live a better life?

“Strong people stand up for themselves; stronger people stand up for others.” ~Suzy Kassem

“Where you see wrong or inequality or injustice, speak out, because this is your country. This is your democracy. Make it. Protect it. Pass it on.” ~Thurgood Marshall

“The only people who are angry at you for speaking the truth are those who are living a lie. Keep speaking the truth.” ~Unknown

“We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented. The opposite of love is not hate, it’s indifference.”  ~Elie Wiesel

“As long as poverty, injustice and gross inequality persist in our world, none of us can truly rest.” ~Nelson Mandela

“In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.” ~Dr Martin Luther King Jr

“In a world that demands you obey the wrong rules, being rebellious is right.” ~Jenna Galbut

Feel free to add your favorite inspiring quotes in the comment section.

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To celebrate Mother’s Day, I am offering readers my 2-book duet set, FALLING FOR A SINGLE MOM, on sale for just 99¢. Two books for under a buck? You can’t beat this deal. Click on the cover to be taken to the Kindle Store.

7 Inspiring Quotes

Wishing you and yours health and happiness.

Library Apps – Free eBooks, Audiobooks @DonnaFaz

During this time of self-isolation, I have wondered what I might be able to do to be helpful. My local library is closed so I have been using my local library via its various library apps. I have been enjoying audiobooks, but there are also ebooks, magazines, and movies available for you to use. All free of charge. I thought I would alert people to these library apps and how to use them.

First, find your local library’s website online, and if you don’t have a library card, apply for one online. It costs nothing for you to apply for a card/account. The “apply now” button on my library’s website is easy to find:

Library Apps

Second, find the link on the website that allows you to download an app. Some of the apps available on my county library’s site are specifically for children which is great for those of you who have children at home. Other apps give you access to movies, magazine, and newspaper, just to name a few of the available resources. The “downloading and streaming” apps on my library’s site were easy to find:

Library Apps

I have also downloaded an app called Libby that allows me to search my library directly from my iPhone (rather than going through the library’s website). If you have an iPhone, click the Apple App Store icon, search for the library app used by your library, and click “get.” Libby and Overdrive are two very popular library apps. Once you have downloaded the app onto your phone, click it to open. Then log in, using your library account number. There are thousands of ebooks, audiobooks, magazines, and other reading material, all free of charge. And there is no risk of late fees and charges because, when the material is due for return, it is automatically removed from your app.

Library apps are easy to use, and best of all, they’re free! I hope you find this information helpful, and please remember to STAY HOME AND STAY HEALTHY.