Recently BJ’s launched a new way for busy families to serve fresh meals to their family. If you need dinner ideas this review is for you. I’ve tried six different fresh made meals at BJs.
If your local BJ’s Wholesale club does not have a deli, you won’t have the fresh made meals. This is a bummer for my locals at the Batavia store. It’s honestly worth the drive to Rochester or Buffalo for the meals, and the prices are cheaper at these stores.
Not to go to far into a rant but at Batavia BJ’s the Wellsley Farms Pure Maple syrup is $13.99, at Buffalo and Rochester stores it’s $10.99. I’ve noticed plenty of price increases like that.
When you go to BJ’s you will look for a cooler with all the fresh made meals in it. It looks like this.
I’ve noticed each club is different in what they carry. Each time I go the cooler seems to be expanding.
Here are some of the meals I’ve spotted at our clubs in Western New York. This month you can save $2.00 off any fresh prepared meal with the BJs coupon in your booklet expires 2/10/20 or add to your membership card here.
I grabbed the chef salad for my dad to bring to work, and he said it was really good. It’s quite large and would feed a family of four easily. The only problem with the ready to go meals, if you were going to bring to work or something, there isn’t any utensils or salad dressing. In a way I feel like if you are paying $10 for a big salad you should get a pack of dressing.
If you are bringing it home that’s one thing, but it’s not a grab, go and eat kind of thing.
Here are a few more of the options of fresh made meals at our BJ’s.
Over the last couple months I’ve tried six of the BJ’s fresh made meals. Scroll down to see what my family thought about those.
The first meal we tried was the Meatballs with sauce. It is $3.99 per lb. With the $2 off BJ’s coupon I paid a little over $10. I have a video of it below with how my kids liked it. We paired it with the Barilla Protein+ Noodles. The girls didn’t say anything about the noodles. Win for me. I talk about the noodles in the video below too.
If you don’t want to watch it, we all gave it a thumbs up.
THE VIDEO IS THE ONE BELOW THIS.
The next meal I tried was the chicken Cesar wraps. The kids didn’t try these ones just the adults. It was an easy thing to grab for a quick lunch for three of us.
My tip is always check the package for the freshest date. They seem to have a shelf life of 2-3 days once made at BJs. If you can get ones made that day, go for those. The wraps tend to get soggy the next day. It’s best to eat right away.
The price was $7.99 for four good size wraps. That works out to $1.99 per wrap. This is way less than what you would pay to grab it at a restaurant. It had a nice flavor and I’ve had it twice already.
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This is my favorite one! It is a lot of work to make a pot pie from scratch and to get the gravy just right. We enjoyed this after being sick with a nasty cold and it was the perfect meal.
It does look small but for a family of four it was just enough. Otherwise you may want to grab two for a larger family. I’ve gotten this one twice and the second time I let it sit in the fridge for 3 days after I bought it.
It wasn’t as good. The crust got too moist and didn’t bake as nicely. My suggestion is to eat it the same day or next day at the latest.
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It does beat the little frozen pot pies because of the gravy.
This was a thumbs up all around from the family on this one. It’s also become my go to when I’m need a break from cooking. It’s $6.99 and with the $2 off BJs coupon so worth $5.
BJ’s fresh made macaroni and cheese. If your family loves the restaurant creamy cheese mac and cheese, this is for you. All of these fresh made meals can be microwaved. We grabbed this for the kiddos on New Year’s Eve.
The thing that was nice about it, was we scooped out just enough for each child and microwaved it. This is because everyone wasn’t hungry at the same time. The next day it was easy to scoop out for a quick lunch.
I tried the Mac & Cheese recipe in the Ninja Foodi, and it was NOTHING like I expected. This one from BJs is the classic restaurant taste. Another kid loving meal that involves NO prep work. It was a thumbs up from everyone on this meal.
The next one we tried was the steak and cheese calzone. Looks are deceiving on this one. It’s a lot more filling than I thought. It was way more than we needed for one meal for our family. We got two meals out of this one. The kids were okay with it. Not their favorite. I thought it was really good.
And a fun meal to serve during a Football game party or any type of get together. I put ours in the oven to give it a nice crispy top. Most of the meals are all under $13 at BJs.
The latest meal we tried was only my husband and I. We went on a quick little getaway for a couple nights and being the frugal folks we are, bought one of BJ’s fresh made meals for our lunch. ( You can follow my lifestyle blog on Instagram for details and a post coming soon on how to plan a getaway for cheap)
This was the chicken and ziti and my husband and I both loved it. The price for four big chicken breasts with noodles and sauce is so much cheaper than taking the family out to eat for the same thing.
The sauce tasted like homemade. I was really impressed with this dinner. I would defiantly get it again. The price was $12.99. Again these prices compared to taking your family out are affordable.
I hope you find these reviews helpful. If you have tried any share with us below.
Have you tried any of BJ’s fresh made meals yet?
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