Beef Apple and Squash Napoleons #WeekdaySupper

This post is sponsored by The Beef Checkoff. All opinions are my own.

Beef Apple and Squash Napoleons

Beef Apple and Squash Napoleons layer juicy beef, sweet apples and butternut squash with sautéed spinach into a delicious stack.

This recipe is part of our Sunday Supper “Beef as Part of A Healthy Plate” partnership with The Beef Checkoff.

The Beef Checkoff

Making beef part of your healthy meal choices is very easy. When it comes to choosing healthy proteins, lean beef is a delicious and healthy choice. It’s also a perfect partner for fruits, vegetables and whole grains, making it even easier to enjoy a balanced diet.

Beef Apple and Squash Napoleons create a quick and easy way to build a healthy plate with beef in less than 30 minutes! Your family and friends will feel like royalty. You can sit back and smile knowing you presented them a well-balanced meal that they will love.

It starts with the beef.

beef napoleon steak

I chose to use thin slices of beef tenderloin steaks instead of ground beef in these tasty stackers. Lean beef cooks so quickly that it’s a natural protein choice  for a busy weeknight meal.

The Beef Checkoff website offers an Interactive Butcher’s Counter to help you find lean cuts for quick meals.

Beef pairs well with fall flavors like mellow butternut squash and crisp, sweet apples.

I sprinkled a bit of brown sugar and cinnamon on top to draw out the natural sweetness of butternut squash. Did you also know that cinnamon goes great in beef dishes? So tasty!

squash apple napoleon bake

Dark green spinach adds color and texture.

I served these beauties with  yellow rice. Don’t all those beautiful colors make the plate pop?

Beef Apple and Squash Napoleons

beef apple squash napoleons


Beef Apple and Squash Napoleons

Yield: 4 servings


  • 2 (8-ounce) filet of sirloin
  • 1 Tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 apple, (Gala, Fuji, Honeycrisp or other firm sweet apple)
  • 1 medium-sized butternut squash
  • 1 cup baby spinach
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 Tablespoons brown sugar
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Slice butternut squash neck into 8 1/4-inch pieces. Peel. Save remaining squash for other recipes.
  3. Core and slice apple into 1/4-inch pieces. Leave skin on apple.
  4. Toss squash and apple slices in 1 Tablespoon olive oil and arrange in single layer in baking dish. Sprinkle with cinnamon and brown sugar. Bake 10 to 15 minutes until cooked but still firm.
  5. While squash bakes, slice steaks into 1/4-inch pieces. Lightly pound with mallet for even cooking.
  6. Preheat large sauté pan or frying pan over medium-high heat. Season steak with salt and pepper. Add a small amount of oil to the pan and heat.
  7. Fry 2 to 3 minutes per side until reaching desired doneness. Place steak pieces on plate to rest before assembly. Set pan aside.
  8. While steak rests, sauté spinach in pan drippings to wilt for about 1 minute.
  9. Assemble on individual plates. Layer squash, beef, spinach and apples. Repeat.
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Follow the Healthy Meals with Beef Pinterest Board for a variety of ways to serve and tips on preparing beef.

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Sunday Supper Movement

Enjoy all these great beef dinner ideas for your Weekday Supper menu!

Monday: Beef Kofta Sandwich with Tzatziki from Bobbi’s Kozy Kitchen.
Tuesday: Beef Apple and Squash Napoleons from Cindy’s Recipes and Writings.
Wednesday: Sauteed Sirloin Tips with Mushrooms from Palatable Pastime.
Thursday: Beef Enchilada Stuffed Acorn Squash from Food Done Light.
Friday: Coriander Crusted Steak Salad from Whole Food | Real Families.

Try using lean beef in other Weekday Supper recipes like stir-fry, pasta dishes and salads. I can’t wait to see your creations! Please share some of your ideas in the comments below!

Sunday Supper MovementJoin the #SundaySupper conversation on twitter on Sunday! We tweet throughout the day and share recipes from all over the world. Our weekly chat starts at 7 pm ET. Follow the #SundaySupper hashtag and remember to include it in your tweets to join in the chat. To get more greatSunday Supper Recipes, visit our website or check out our Pinterest board.

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One-Pot Gourmet Gardener #Review #Giveaway

one-pot gardener
Chances are that you have made a few soups, stews and casseroles using one cooking vessel. Have you ever thought about growing your own meals in one pot?
In The One-Pot Gardener, Cinead McTernan takes your meals from garden to table in a step-by-step adventure.
As a gardener I can appreciate the growing tips and selections McTernan uses to create her one-pot gardens. As a cook, I know having most of your fresh ingredients handy is a blessing.
A great example is Baba Ganoush. McTernan lays out the dish from start to finish. She fills you in on best plant variety, soil, companion herbs to grow. A recipe follows that utilizes the one-pot planting. You could say it’s a type of Baba Ganoush kit!

I can’t wait to make Hummus Three Ways this Holiday season. One of many recipes I find intriguing.

One-Pot Gourmet Gardener helps gardeners of all skill levels obtain a meal that is in part grown then cooked with the one-pot style.

These wonderful recipes and garden tips are brought to life by gorgeous photography of Jason Ingram and illustrations by Becky Clarke.

Gardeners, home cooks and even bloggers will learn a thing or two about garden-to-table meals.

Try your hand at winning a copy in the Rafflecopter below! Good luck!

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Foodie Friends Friday Linky Party #167

Welcome to another fun Foodie Friends Friday Linky Party!
Please share your recipes, crafts and DIY projects with our friends!
Before we get started let’s say, “Congratulations” to last week’s winners!

You can find the links to our Host Favorite Picks here at Daily Dish Magazine!
click for fun ideas

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Bewitching Brownie Bars #FilltheCookieJar

Bewitching Brownie Bars setting

It’s a crime how good these Bewitching Brownie Bars taste! Chocolate, cinnamon and gooey butterscotch swirled on top. Sprinkles. Don’t forget the sprinkles!

This month we are about to #FilltheCookieJar with Halloween favorites!

Every month our #FillTheCookieJar cookie loving group meets to share our best cookies and bars to fit the theme. This month we will be sharing cookies that remind us of Halloween fun and shenanigans!

Thank you Cynthia Landrie from  Feeding Big at for hosting this fun event!

Bewitching Brownie Bars start out as ordinary chocolate brownies. Then add some cinnamon for fall of course. I piped a swirl of melted butterscotch morsels on top. Pull a knife from the center to the edge to create a web effect.

Bewitching Brownie

Add some sprinkles for color. I bought some from the bakery department where I shop.
So festive right?

brownie crime scene

Serve Bewitching Brownie Bars at your next Halloween party. Adult enough to serve with a dark beer or mixed drink. Equally good with warm apple cider or hot cocoa. Guaranteed that your guests will have a howling good time!


Bewitching Brownie Bars

Yield: 9 to 12 bars


  • 2 squares unsweetened chocolate
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup butterscotch morsels melted
  • 1 teaspoon shortening
  • sprinkles for decorating


  1. Melt chocolate and butter together in a double boiler. Set aside to cool.
  2. Whisk together flour, baking powder, salt and cinnamon.
  3. Stir sugar into cooled chocolate and butter pot. Temper eggs into chocolate mixture.
  4. Add wet to dry ingredients.
  5. Pour batter into well buttered 8x8-inch pan.
  6. Melt butterscotch and shortening together in the microwave until creamy. Cool slightly and place in baggie.
  7. Cut small tip off baggie. Swirl butterscotch on top of batter. Drag knife from center to create web effect.
  8. Add sprinkles. Bake at 350 approximately 30 minutes until inserted toothpick comes out clean.
  9. Cool on rack before cutting into bars.
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Enjoy all these fun Halloween cookies and bars from Fill the Cookie Jar Party!

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