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Just like homemade, only not by you

Meals from DiSH in Andover include (from top) Chicken broccoli penne, Tuscan chicken scampi, and an assortment in the refrigerator case. Small size dishes serve three and run about $15; large portions, designed for six, are about $30.

Photos by Mark Lorenz for The Boston Globe

Meals from DiSH in Andover include Chicken broccoli penne. Small size dishes serve three and run about $15; large portions, designed for six, are about $30.

Mark Lorenz for The Boston Globe

Tuscan chicken scampi, one of many dishes made by DiSH.

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If you’ve ever wished you could come home and find a nice dinner in the fridge, ready to heat or prepped to cook, nothing too fancy, just family-friendly, tasty, good quality food, DiSH, in Andover, may be what you’re waiting for. Here’s how it works: Customers go to the DiSH website and order selections from the current menu, which changes monthly (small size dishes serve three people and run about $15; large portions, designed for six, are about $30). The refrigerated meals can be picked up at the shop or local delivery is arranged. If you’re not the plan-ahead type, you can just stop in and pick out meals from the refrigerator case.

The model trumps takeout, says DiSH’s Lea Savely, because you heat the food on your own schedule, making it taste closer to homemade. Savely calls them “high-quality home-cooked meals that are easily finished at home.” We concur. Meatloaf is juicy and flavorful, a simple classic version, and homey mashed potatoes are a satisfying accompaniment. Tangy chicken piccata also hits the spot; green beans on the side (priced separately) are snappy fresh. These are just the kind of meals you’d make at home — if you had time to make meals at home. DiSH, 22 Andover St., Andover, 978-475-2991, www.dinnerbydish.com.

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