This video gives a quick look at what we used to cook over the past 100 years

It literally starts with meat and potatoes — roast beef and Franconia potatoes, to be exact. Mode created a video that charts the history of U.S. dinners over 100 years.

In 1925, things got a little fancier with chicken à la King. The post-war years of 1945 brought Spam to the table, and things don’t really take a departure until 1955 with the TV dinner. It’s interesting to see just how many varieties of meat plus starch plus green thing the video shows. Fast forward to 1985, and many a childhood dinner are represented with a sloppy Joe and macaroni and cheese (from a box, of course). While a little diversity is shown with taco night in the ’90s and sushi in the ’00s, it isn’t until 2015 that things get uber-healthy, with grilled salmon, quinoa, and kale salad on the menu.

What’s interesting is the advances taking place behind these meals. Though there were a few companies making frozen meals before them, Albert and Meyer Bernstein’s Frozen Dinners Inc., founded in 1949, really got the trend going. They were aluminum trays with three compartments, one each for meat, potatoes, and vegetables, according to the Library of Congress. Swanson started calling its product TV dinners, and its first — a turkey, stuffing, peas, and sweet potatoes dinner — cost a pricey 98 cents. It actually started as way to sell the company’s surplus of turkey it had leftover from Thanksgiving, but it took Gerry Thomas, a company salesman, to redesign a Pan American Airways single-compartment aluminum tray into Swason’s three-compartment tray. By 1954, families were eating over 25 million TV dinners, in front of their sets, a year.

The video doesn’t touch much on the microwave version of the TV dinner, but that appliance didn’t become common until the early to mid-1970s.

As for the 2015 meal, it might not be something you cook nightly, but with the advent of ingredient-delivery services like Blue Apron and Hello Fresh, it’s definitely something we can see making it onto tables more often. Pair that with techniques like sous vide that are going more mainstream and tons of options for creating indoor gardens, and the potential vision of a typical 2025 meal starts to take shape.

Apple

Apple’s Netflix competitor Apple TV Plus headlines a barrage of new services

Apple's It's Show Time event in Cupertino, California, is officially over, with the tech giant announcing a new video-streaming service to compete with Netflix and Amazon, a new way to subscribe to paid news outlets, and more.
Home Theater

Hulu vs. Amazon Prime Video: Which streaming service is best for you?

It's hard to dispute Netflix's leadership in on-demand streaming video, it's not alone. Two great alternatives are Amazon Prime Video and Hulu; each with its strengths and weaknesses. Which one is better? We pick the winner.
Smart Home

Update your kitchen with the best refrigerators you can buy in 2019

There are tons of factors that go into buying a fridge, from size and capacity to color. It takes lots of testing and research, but we've chosen the best refrigerators to get you started, regardless of what you're looking for.
Movies & TV

Stranger Things season 3 is coming! Here’s everything we know so far

With a sophomore season as strong as its first, Stranger Things is now moving on to season 3. Here's everything we've learned so far about the Netflix series' upcoming third season, premiering in July 2019.
Deals

Suck up the savings with these vacuum cleaners on sale for $100 or less

Keeping your floors clean around the home is a constant chore. To help make things a whole lot easier, we've picked out some great vacuum cleaner deals available right now, from full-sized upright models to robot vacs.
Smart Home

Is your coffee maker hiding mold inside? Here's how to clean it

Are you a coffee drinker? If you brew your coffee at home and you don't clean your machine, you could be drinking mold, yeast, and other bacteria. Here's how to clean your coffee maker.
Deals

Walmart drops prices on Google Home Hub and Lenovo smart displays

Walmart slashed the prices of Google Home smart displays for two highly regarded Lenovo models and the original Google Home Hub. We can't think of a better way to improve your smart home setup and these deals can help you save up to $100.
Deals

Amazon lowers Echo Dot cost and slashes price of the Dot and Smart Plug bundle

Amazon just unleashed extraordinary price cuts on third-generation Echo Dot smart speakers. The Alexa device is back in stock following the blowout sales last holiday season. The Echo Dot is the best-selling Alexa smart speaker worldwide.
Smart Home

These best outdoor security cameras will keep porch pirates at bay

Worried about porch pirates stealing your packages, or intruders entering your home? Always be in the know about who or what is on your property by installing one of these outdoor security cameras.
Smart Home

Your Instant Pot can do it all. Research says it has another important function

Researchers at Dakota State University tested a variety of pressure cookers for sterilization and found that Instant Pot provides enough pressure and heat to kill off food-spoiling bacteria.
Smart Home

Need some help? Here's our handy step-by-step guide on how to Airbnb your home

Getting ready to make your home a great rental? Here's how to Airbnb your home with the right amenities, insurance, supplies, and everthing else that you need. Use this guide to get started without making beginner mistakes!
Deals

Dyson sale shatters prices on vacuums just in time for spring cleaning

Steep price cuts on Dyson vacuum cleaners for the spring cleaning season help you save money on the tools you need to do the job. We've found the best discounts on Dyson vacuums from Amazon and Walmart and put them all in one place.
Deals

Amazon slashes prices on Echo devices that play Alexa’s sweetest-sounding music

Amazon slashed prices on Alexa-controlled Echo devices with the best music sound quality. All Alexa smart speakers stream music, but some sound better than others. Save on Echo Plus and the Echo Sub bundled with Echo and Echo Plus speakers.
Emerging Tech

Awesome Tech You Can’t Buy Yet: Robotic companions and computer-aided karaoke

Check out our roundup of the best new crowdfunding projects and product announcements that hit the web this week. You may not be able to buy this stuff yet, but it's fun to gawk!