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Healthy Cumin Roasted Beets

by Julie Cohn

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I love fresh roasted beets.  Fun fact, when I was pregnant with my son, I had to have a fresh green salad every day with beets, peas, chickpeas, and sesame seeds in it.  Seriously, I could eat them like candy, they are so good!  Some people think beets taste like dirt, but my response to that is that they just have not tried the right beets.  I’m not talking about those beets you get in a can or vacuum-sealed package from the grocery store….they are not the “real deal”.  Nope.  Beets found at the grocery are plain old boring boiled beets. These Healthy Cumin Roasted Beets, on the other hand, are the real deal.  Farm fresh beets, slow-roasted in avocado oil to bring out their earthy sweetness, and dusted with smoky cumin to add just the right amount of heat.  A bite of these and you will never look at beets the same way again.  

Beets

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Beets do not get the credit they deserve.  Not only are they low fat, low in calories, and high in fiber, they are jam-packed with vitamins and minerals such as Vitamins A, B2 and B6, and C, Potassium, Manganese, and Folic Acid.  They also contain betalains, which are powerful antioxidants that fight inflammation and cancer, and dietary nitrates, which help increase blood flow and get oxygen to vital organs such as your brain.  I think beets are pretty super but many dietitians actually consider beets to be one of the world’s best superfoods!  

Beets were first used in ancient Mediterranean and Middle Eastern cooking, but today they are a staple in recipes around the world. Juiced in soups (borscht from Russia), layered on burgers (Australia), or chopped into a salad (Eastern European), beets add a touch of earthy sweetness to any dish.  I love beets in almost anything.  One of my favorite ways to use beets is in the sweet and spicy red horseradish my Polish family makes with beets and horseradish root.  

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Cumin

Not to be outdone, cumin has several health benefits of its own.  Native to Asia and the middle east, cumin seeds have been dried and ground into spice for thousands of years.  Rich in antioxidants, protein, and Vitamin E, cumin is known to keep bad cholesterol at bay, lower blood sugar, and improve digestion.   It is also packed with iron, has antibiotic properties,  and helps fight inflammation.  

Healthy Cumin Roasted Beets

Healthy Cumin Roasted Beets

Yield: 6
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

A CORK, FORK, & PASSPORT

Combined together with heart-healthy avocado oil, these Cumin Roasted Beets are a powerhouse of healthy and delicious! 

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. Fresh Beetroot 
  • 1 Tbsp. Avocado Oil
  • 2 tsp Ground Cumin 
  • 1 tsp. Sea Salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees and line a baking sheet with aluminum foil.
  2. Your pound of beetroot should have about 4-5 beets.
  3. Cut the stems off the beetroot, wash the beets, and cut into quarters or 3-5 inch cubes.
  4. In a small bowl add the cut up beets and 2 Tbsp. Avocado Oil; toss to coat.
  5. Place the beets on the baking sheet and sprinkle with the cumin and sea salt.
  6. Wrap the aluminum foil around the beets and place them in the oven.
  7. Roast the beets for about 30 minutes with the aluminum foil closed, then open the aluminum foil and roast another 5-10 minutes.
  8. Watch that the cubes do not burn. When you add a knife into the pieces and they are soft, remove from the oven and cool.
  9. Remove from the oven, allow to cool, then peel off the outer skin.
  10. Cut into small pieces and add to a salad, or eat them on their own.

Notes

You will notice that there is no sugar in this recipe. If you use fresh beets, you do not need sugar as the natural sugar comes out in the beets. If you would like to add a bit of sugar, lightly drizzle about 1 tsp. of honey over the roasted beets the last 2-3 minutes in the oven, before you remove them.

You can also use olive oil instead of avocado oil if you prefer.

Nutrition Information
Yield 4 Serving Size 1/2 cup
Amount Per Serving Calories 85Total Fat 4gSaturated Fat 0gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 3gCholesterol 0mgSodium 670mgCarbohydrates 12gFiber 2gSugar 9gProtein 2g
All nutrition information is approximate.

Looking for another healthy and delicious recipe?  Try these Cranberry Balsamic Marinated Olives

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