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Sticky Pomegranate Meatball Bowls

Sticky Pomegranate Meatball Bowls

Tangy pomegranates make for a scrumptious sauce for these meatballs, made even better with winter squash.  A fantastic one-bowl meal!

sticky pomegranate meatballs

Sticky Pomegranate Meatball Bowls

Servings 4 servings



  • 1 butternut squash or any winter squash
  • 2 Tbsp avocado oil
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp freshly cracked black pepper


  • 2 lbs. lean ground beef
  • 1 tsp freshly grated ginger
  • 1/4 cup freshly chopped cilantro leaves
  • 1/4 cup freshly chopped green onion white and light green parts
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp cracked black pepper
  • 2 cloves garlic chopped
  • 2 Tbsp avocado oil
  • 1/2 tsp toasted sesame oil


  • 1/4 cup coconut aminos
  • 1 tsp fish sauce
  • 1/2 tsp crushed chili flakes
  • 2 Tbsp rice vinegar
  • 1/4 cup pomegranate seeds
  • 1 Tbsp pomegranate juice
  • 1 Tbsp arrowroot
  • 1/3 cup beef broth

For Serving

  • 1/4 cup pomegranate seeds
  • 1/4 cup scallions thinly sliced
  • 4 cups cooked white rice


  • Preheat oven to 425°
  • Cut squash in half, scoop out the seeds. Slice into ¼” slices.
  • Place on a baking sheet & drizzle with oil, salt & pepper. Toss to coat. Cook for 15 minutes, until fork tender.
  • Meanwhile, combine ground beef, ginger, salt, pepper, cilantro, onion & garlic in a large bowl. Mix with hands until well combined.
  • Roll into 2” meatballs & set on a clean plate.
  • In a large skillet. Heat avocado & sesame oils over med-high heat. Drop meatballs in hot oil & cook until golden brown, 2-3 minutes per side. Transfer to a paper towel lined plate.
  • Pour off remaining oil from skillet & place back on stovetop. Reduce to medium heat.
  • Whisk aminos, fish sauce, chili, vinegar, pomegranate seeds & juice, and arrowroot in a small bowl. Pour into skillet & simmer.
  • Continue whisking & pour in broth to make thinner consistency. Add meatballs back into skillet & simmer for 3-5 minutes.
  • Divide rice, squash & meatballs into 4 bowls. Garnish with remaining pomegranate seeds & serve.


Recipe from The Define Dish.
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