We weren’t alive in 1915. In fact, we’re not sure that we even know anyone who was that would remember their regular dinner. Regardless, when looking back to 1915, a lot of things have changed. This is especially true of food.
The last century-plus-one has given us menu items that families a century ago could have never imagined. No, we don’t get all of our nutrition from one small pill every day, but things certainly are different.
Mode has given us a great way to look back at how cuisine has changed over the years. The format? A video showcasing 100 years of family dinners in three minutes.
1915: Roast Beef & Franconia Potatoes
We’ve all eaten roast beef before, but what are those potatoes? Turns out that franconia potatoes are boiled to start. They’re then placed in a pan with the roasting beef, basting along with the fats from the meat itself.
1925: Chicken à la King
We’re not positive, but we think this translates to “Chicken, I’m a king.” No? Oh well. this dish includes green peppers and red pimentos, making it a favorite for some during the holidays.
It’s served over a bed of noodles or rice and topped with a creamy mushroom sauce. Very twenties.
1935: Creamed Chipped Beef & Buttered Peas
If you’ve yet to experience a restaurant self-designated as a “house of chipped beef,” we suggest you find one ASAP.
This dish is rich, classic, and, most importantly, delicious.
1945: Spam With a Baked Potato & Lima Beans
Oddly enough, 2016 has seen the advent of “high-end” Spam dishes. Well, guess what folks: Spam might just need to stay simple.
Some fried Spam along with a perfectly baked potato and steamed lima beans is about as simple as it gets, and with the state of the world in the early-to-mid-40s, simplicity made sense.
1955: TV Dinner
Technology is crazy, isn’t it? TV dinners were incredibly popular as, you know, televisions started to become fixtures in homes.
You can still buy oven-ready meals, but most of us prefer to order takeout and binge eat as we binge watch Netflix these days. It’s all the same concept.
1965: Chicken Kiev With Steamed Carrots & Potatoes
Chicken Kiev sounds Russian, doesn’t it? Funny that this one popped up smack dab in the middle of the Cold War. We digress.
Chicken Kiev is a piece of chicken coated with a combination of eggs and bread crumbs. You can fry it or you can bake it, and usually you’ll find it stuffed.
1975: Cheese Fondue
Do you actually like fondue? Oh, OK. Well, then … How 70s of you!
1985: Sloppy Joes With Macaroni & Cheese
Millennials know that the Sloppy Joe didn’t die off by the time the 90s came around. In fact, if your school cafeteria didn’t have a sloppy Joe day in the 90s it probably wasn’t technically a school.
A hit in the 80s and 90s, the sloppy Joe simply must make a comeback.
1995: Beef Tacos & Refried Beans
Centuries-old, traditional Mexican cuisine was quickly diluted by Americans to taco night, and more often than not most of the ingredients came from a packet.
This was especially true during the 90s. No, we’re not embarrassed that we loved it.
Sushi was, is, and always will be a thing. If you haven’t jumped on the sushi train yet, we feel bad for you. While it really blew up in the 2000s, we feel that it’s still on an upswing. Stay tuned to see what happens with sushi over the next ten years.
2015: Grilled Salmon Over Quinoa & Kale Salad
In order to combat the obesity epidemic, some Americans have gone into a state of uber-conscious healthy eating. When it comes to healthy eating, it doesn’t get much cleaner than salmon, quinoa, and kale.
From essential fatty acids to perfectly proportioned macronutrients and heaping doses of micronutrients, look to this meal for all of your health-focused needs.