Breakfast Biscuit III

The puzzling "breakfast biscuit" category has acquired a new member: Kellogg's Nutri-Grain Breakfast Biscuits (Apple Cinnamon or Chocolate Chip Crunch), bringing to four the number of ways you can get a Nutri-Grain bar. (The other three are the seven soft-baked Nutri-Grain breakfast bars, three Harvest Bars and two Fruit Crunch bars.)

Mr. Tidbit has previously tried twice (following the introduction of BelVita Breakfast Biscuits from Mondelez and that of Nature Valley Breakfast Biscuits from General Mills), to understand exactly what makes something a breakfast biscuit. Given this new example, he now concludes that a breakfast biscuit is a thin, cookie-like item not sweet enough to be a cookie. In this case, each not-cookie (two to the 1.4-ounce packet, five packets in the box) features a lot of very visible oats, and the two-biscuit packet contains just 8 grams of sugar. By contrast, Nutri-Grain's simultaneously (and confusingly) new apple cinnamon flavor Harvest Bars come five (thicker) 1.76-ounce bars to the box and feature an apple-purée filling, so one bar contains 16 grams of sugar.

Fried Green Giant

There were already quite a few ways to get your frozen vegetables from Green Giant, including some with seasonings, sauces and even rice or pasta. The newest is a substantial departure from all of that: It's five kinds of Green Giant Sautes — vegetable mixtures that you fry in a little oil, then add (in four of the five cases) the contents of a seasoning packet, and in every case top with the contents of a packet of garnish. Examples: Thai Coconut — carrots, red bell peppers, snap peas and edamame, seasoned with ginger, lime and chili spices and topped with peanuts and coconut — and Chipotle Harvest — sweet potatoes, red beans, zucchini, spinach and red bell peppers, seasoned with chipotle pepper and topped with roasted pumpkin seeds.

As if to underline how different they are from other Green Giant offerings, the Sautes come in a bag that, except for a Green Giant flag at the top, isn't green: It's brown!

At one discount store, where other Green Giant frozen vegetables ranged from $1.49 for a 10-ounce box (15 cents an ounce) to $2.07 for 12-ounce bag (17 cents an ounce), the 10-ounce Sautes were $2.69 (27 cents an ounce).

Al Sicherman