A long time ago, I discovered Whole Foods’ 365 Everyday Value Organic Whole Wheat Pasta. Until then I was struggling to find pasta that was both 100% whole wheat and organic at a decent price. Not only could I not find it for a decent price, I couldn’t find it at all, in any store.
I can’t sing the praises of this product enough. A stickler about my health, I refuse to eat products made with white flour on a regular basis. I regularly turn my nose up at products labeled “Wheat,” as I’ve often found this to be a deception, as the product contained mostly white flour, and there was only a smattering of whole grain in it to trick the buyer into thinking they were buying a healthier product. The truth was they were paying a much higher price for something that was effectively the same as the typical white flour product right next to it which was selling for much less. Personally, I would sooner eat non-organic 100% whole wheat products than organic white flour products, if I’m forced to make a choice.
The selection of 365 Everyday Value Organic Whole Wheat is slightly limited; there is penne rigate, fusilli, spaghetti and linguine. I love them all, but I typically use the spaghetti and linguine on a regular basis, and save the other shapes for special occasions. There is also a 365 Everyday Value Organic white pasta, but I won’t touch it with a ten foot pole.
We have pasta night every Wednesday night, to keep the weekly menu simpler and easier to manage. So I generally plan a meal with spaghetti or linguine, pasta sauce, frozen vegetables, a touch of olive oil to keep the pasta from sticking to itself, and some margarine. For us, that’s a very full meal. I’m definitely happier if I can use Whole Foods 365 Organic products for pasta night than other products.
When I can’t make it to Whole Foods, I generally use Heartland whole wheat pasta products. Though not organic, I find they are very comparable in price and quality to Whole Foods Organic Whole Wheat Pasta. Heartland whole wheat pasta products are boxed, rather than bagged, and generally sell for around $.92 per package at my local Wal-Mart. However, 365 Organic Whole Wheat Pasta, at only $1.29 per package, is an incredible bargain. In both cases I’m getting a one pound package, but for only $.37 more I can have genuine organic whole wheat pasta boiling in my pot instead of something which is going to put pesticides and herbicides in my family’s body, and damage the planet. To me, that’s an incredible bargain.
Generally, since I can’t make it to Whole Foods every week, I’ll load up on 365 Everyday Value Organic Whole Wheat Pasta whenever we can make a trip. So I’ll walk out of the store with four dry-weight pounds of pasta for only $5.16, laughing my way to the car because I got such a great deal. Another great thing about this product is that the price just doesn’t fluctuate. It’s always been $1.29, every time I’ve gone into the store.
I particularly enjoy having 365 Everyday Value Organic Whole Wheat Pasta with 365 Everyday Value Marinara or Pasta sauce, which is far superior in quality to other organic pasta sauces, like Ragu and Prego, which are comparable in price. I also like to have these with 365 Everyday Value Organic vegetables, which are the same quality yet dramatically less expensive than similar organic products, such as Cascadian Farms’ organic vegetables.
This is an absolutely fabulous product, and I recommend that you run to your nearest Whole Foods Market to stock up on it at your next available opportunity.