Give your mornings a powerful jump-start with spicy breakfast sausage that includes digestion-stimulating spices like fennel, allspice, and cayenne. Adding a small amount of cayenne can have also have beneficial effects on the heart, blood vessels, capillaries, and blood pressure.

DAIRY-FREE, GLUTEN-FREE, NUT-FREE, QUICK

SERVES 4 | PREP TIME: 10 MINUTES | COOK TIME: 10 MINUTES

1 pound ground pork or turkey (preferably naturally raised)

1 small onion, minced

1 cup minced red bell pepper

⅛ to ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper

⅛ to ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes

½ teaspoon ground allspice

½ teaspoon whole fennel seeds

½ teaspoon sea salt

½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

2 tablespoons olive oil, divided

4 eggs, whisked

4 gluten-free soft tortillas

1 bunch fresh cilantro, washed well, dried, and coarsely chopped

1.Heat a 10-inch skillet over medium heat.

2.In a small bowl, combine the ground pork, onion, bell pepper, cayenne pepper, red pepper flakes, allspice, fennel seeds, salt, and pepper. Mix well without overworking.

3.Add 1 tablespoon of olive oil to the skillet and add the spiced meat. Use a wooden spoon to break up the meat while it cooks, allowing the meat to brown slightly.

4.When browned, push the meat to one side of the pan. Add the remaining 1 tablespoon of oil to the pan and add the eggs.

5.With a spatula, quickly turn the eggs as they cook, combining them with the browned meat and vegetables.

6.Arrange the tortillas on a large cutting board and divide the meat/egg mixture between them. Sprinkle with a generous amount of cilantro.

7.Fold the bottom of each tortilla up and then follow with the sides, leaving the last side open.

8.If you aren’t serving all 4 burritos at once, wrap them individually in parchment paper and refrigerate. They can be eaten cold or at room temperature within 3 days.

MAKE-AHEAD TIP: If you cook your spicy sausage and peppers on a Sunday afternoon, breakfast on the weekdays will be a snap!

HERB PROFILE

CAYENNE PEPPER

Fresh peppers, dried peppers (whole or ground), red pepper flakes

SAFETY CONSIDERATIONS: May be contraindicated for people who suffer from heartburn, gastric reflux, or sensitive stomach

TASTE/ACTIVITY: PUNGENT/HOT/DRY

PROPERTIES: Anticancer, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, diaphoretic, hypotensive

USES: Strengthens heart and circulatory system, treats diabetes, lowers cholesterol/triglycerides, aids weight loss, thins/loosens mucus in lungs and sinuses

SUGGESTED PREPARATIONS: Seasoning for eggs, meats, salsas, soups, and stews

ESPECIALLY GOOD FOR: HEART, BLOOD VESSELS, CIRCULATION

The compound that makes cayenne pepper (and all hot peppers) hot is capsaicin. Capsaicin stimulates circulation of blood in the body, strengthens the heart muscle and entire circulatory system, reduces blood pressure, and produces a phenomenon known as thermogenesis, a metabolic process that aids in weight loss.

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