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Cumin-roasted beets

Eating this deeply-hued root veggie could help improve performance in the gym.

In addition to containing anti-inflammatory phytochemicals, beets are rich in nitrates, which dilate the blood vessels and allow more oxygen and nutrients to reach the muscles. Try this preparation, which also features antioxidant-rich cumin, from Philadelphia-based recipe developer Robert Luessen.

Serves 4

This recipe is part of our meal prep series. Find the full guide here.



Photography by Jillian Guyette. Recipe development by Robert Luessen.

Ingredients

2 pounds beets, washed, stems and greens removed
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon cumin
Salt
Pepper

Directions

1.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Rub beets with olive oil, and season with cumin, salt, and pepper.

2.

Wrap each beat in aluminum foil and place on a baking sheet. Roast for 60 minutes or until fully cooked through (when a sharp knife pierces the beet easily). Set aside to cool completely.

3.

Once cooled, peel the beets and dice into 1-inch chunks. Place in an airtight container and store into the fridge.