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Curry Pomegranate Protein Bowl

This recipe is simple and beautiful. It uses a lot of unique flavors that, when blended together, create an out-of-this-world taste sensation. You can substitute other roasted, salted nuts for the soy nuts and can use warmed berry jam in place of the molasses. —Mary Baker, Wauwatosa, Wisconsin
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. Cook: 25 min.
  • Makes
    6 servings


  • 3 cups cubed peeled butternut squash (1/2-inch cubes)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 small onion, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon curry powder
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 cup dried red lentils, rinsed
  • 1/2 cup salted soy nuts
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/3 cup thinly sliced green onions
  • 1/3 cup pomegranate molasses
  • 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 1/2 cup pomegranate seeds
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro


  • Preheat oven to 375°. Place squash on a greased 15x10x1-in. baking pan. Drizzle with 1 tablespoon oil; sprinkle with 1/4 teaspoon salt and pepper. Roast until tender, 25-30 minutes, turning once.
    Meanwhile, in a large skillet, heat remaining 1 tablespoon oil over medium-high heat. Add onion; cook and stir until crisp-tender, 4-6 minutes. Add curry powder, cumin, garlic, coriander and remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt; cook 1 minute longer. Add water and lentils; bring to boil. Reduce heat; simmer, covered, until lentils are tender and water is absorbed, about 15 minutes.
    Gently stir in soy nuts, cranberries, green onions and roasted squash. Divide among serving bowls. Drizzle with molasses and top with feta, pomegranate seeds and cilantro.
Nutrition Facts
3/4 cup: 367 calories, 9g fat (2g saturated fat), 5mg cholesterol, 327mg sodium, 60g carbohydrate (23g sugars, 9g fiber), 14g protein.

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  • Bob
    Dec 16, 2020

    This was a very unique recipe that pleasantly surprised. There are some odd ingredients that may prove difficult to find. The pomegranate molasses was a no-go at my store, so I took the advice of the recipe and substituted a raspberry/pomegranate jam that I found (very slightly diluted with some water and gently heated). I also couldn't find the soy nuts, so I substituted some salted/roasted pumpkin seeds that I found in my produce section. They were nice and gave the dish a subtle crunch. I almost gave up on the red lentils, until I checked the "Bob's Red Mill" section of my store and found them there. We had his dish with some warm rolls and really enjoyed it. It's somewhat rich with many interesting flavors- almost like a curry chili with a bit of a Latin twist. I will definitely make this again :)