**Update: This contest is closed. Please scroll down to the bottom for the winners. Thank you for your participation.**
All of my life I have wanted to be an actress.
What the…?!?!? Where did that sentence come from? This site is about gluten-free lifestyle stuff.
Stay with me here. I’m getting to that.
So, back to actress-thingy. Since I was a little girl, I dreamed of going to Hollywood or New York and becoming a super-huge, famous actress. But, when I became an adult, I got caught up in life, and one day I realized I was not pursuing my dream. (Dreams are good. Pursue them. Just a little PSA.)
But, I realized I needed to learn one major thing before I could go after my dream of becoming an actress…
How to wait tables.
That’s how the joke goes, right?
“I’m an actress.”
“Really? What restaurant do you work at?”
So, I decided to learn to wait tables at one of my favorite restaurants when I was a little kid… The Spaghetti Factory!
I know they have Spaghetti Factories all over, now, but the first one was actually in my hometown, Portland, OR. And, for those of you that have been to one, (before going gluten-free, obviously) you know they can be addicting. Tons of pasta and bread for a really cheap price. And it was so good.
Well, try working there.
Yeah, I worked there for a little over a year. Since this was in the mid-90s, and I have only been gluten-free since 2006, I was a mess. I lived on the pasta and bread because it was even cheaper if you worked there.
The problem I have now is that I do have fond memories of Spaghetti Factory. Showing up to a super-long line but watching Charlie Chaplin movies while we waited for a table. Eating bread and pasta until I was bursting at the seams. And then ice cream showing up. I’m not a big fan of spumoni, but it was ice cream. Who cares what flavor it was?
Anyway, all of this is leading to… comfort food. We all have certain foods that are comfort foods. For me, one of them was my mom’s clam sauce rip-off recipe over spaghetti and pretending I was eating at Spaghetti Factory.
While I prefer the more traditional white clam sauce, now, pasta is still a comfort food. I think it is that way for a lot of people. And, finding good, gluten-free pasta isn’t the easiest thing to do. There are some great gluten-free pasta brands out there, but they are a bit expensive. Let’s face it, those are not the brands that go on sale at the local grocery store for 2 for a $1, you know?
Well, I was sent a sample of a really good, gluten-free pasta that doesn’t break the bank. It’s called Heartland Gluten-Free Pasta, and it is available at Walmart for around $2 a package.
I was a bit skeptical when we received this pasta to try. (Yes, Heartland sent me a free sample to try. Disclosure done.) We have had some pretty mushy, clumped together gluten-free pasta along our journey, so I figured one this inexpensive was probably going to be like that.
Well, I was pleasantly surprised when we made it, and it was quite tasty. And, it held its shape. Not mushy or clumpy at all. In fact, it seemed like regular pasta.
Heartland also makes sure their pasta is gluten-free. You can read their allergen statement here, but basically it says that they thoroughly clean their equipment before making the gluten-free pasta. Then, they swab test the surfaces for gluten before they proceed. After the pasta is made, they test it for gluten making sure to stay under the 20ppm requirement.
Verdict: For those who are on a budget (aren’t we all?) and want to have some great tasting pasta like they used to, Heartland is a good choice.
And, so others can try Heartland Gluten-Free Pasta, they gave me some product to giveaway. This giveaway will have three winners. The first winner will receive a package of Heartland Gluten-Free Spaghetti, a package of Heartland Gluten-Free Fusilli, two coupons for free pasta, and one coupon for 55 cents off. The second winner will receive two packages of Heartland Gluten-Free Spaghetti, one coupon for free pasta, and one coupon for 55 cents off. And, the third winner will receive two coupons for free pasta, and three coupons for 55 cents off.
Now, let’s go over how to enter…In the comments below, let me know what pasta dish you would make if you were one of the winners. That easy.
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Until later, here’s to…Living better, easily!™
PPS – The giveaway for the Heartland Gluten-Free Pasta and coupons ends February 8st, at midnight, PST has ended. The winners are listed below. I will email the winner, and you will have 48 hours to get back to me. After which, if I have not heard back from you, another winner will be drawn.
First #19 – Julie!
Second #50 – Karen!
Third #35 – Marsha A.!
I have emailed the winners, as well as left replies on their comments to try to reduce any confusion if there are duplicate names. Below is an image of the random numbers drawn.