This post is sponsored by The Beef Checkoff. All opinions are my own.
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.
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.
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!
Dark green spinach adds color and texture.
I served these beauties with yellow rice. Don’t all those beautiful colors make the plate pop?
- 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
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
- Slice butternut squash neck into 8 1/4-inch pieces. Peel. Save remaining squash for other recipes.
- Core and slice apple into 1/4-inch pieces. Leave skin on apple.
- 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.
- While squash bakes, slice steaks into 1/4-inch pieces. Lightly pound with mallet for even cooking.
- 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.
- Fry 2 to 3 minutes per side until reaching desired doneness. Place steak pieces on plate to rest before assembly. Set pan aside.
- While steak rests, sauté spinach in pan drippings to wilt for about 1 minute.
- Assemble on individual plates. Layer squash, beef, spinach and apples. Repeat.
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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!
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