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Gluten and Dairy Free Thanksgiving-Sausage Leek Stuffing

A family favorite with a twist for those with food  allergies/sensitivities.

Ingredients:

One loaf GF bread sliced into small cubes (12-18 ounces

One lb sweet Italian sausage

Two Tbs olive oil

¼ cup vegan butter (plant based)

½ large onion chopped (3/4 cup)

Four Leeks (3/4 cup)

Three stalks celery chopped (1 cup)

Two cloves garlic minced

One tsp dried thyme

½ tsp ground sage

Parsley to taste

¼ – ½ tsp ground pepper

Salt to taste

Two eggs

One and ½ cups chicken stock

Directions:

Preheat oven to 300 degrees F.

Place cubed bread onto a rimmed baking sheet and drizzle with olive oil. Add a pinch of salt and toss to evenly combine. Bake, stirring every 10 minutes, for 30-35 minutes until dry and slightly toasted and let cool.

In a skillet, over medium to low heat, add butter and melt. Add onions/leeks, celery and ¼ tsp salt and cook until completely soft (about 15 minutes). Add garlic, thyme, sage, pepper and ¼ tsp salt and cook for another 1-2 minutes; remove from heat and set aside.

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Heat the chicken stock on the skillet until simmering. Place the eggs in a bowl and whisk to combine. Slowly add hot stock to eggs, starting with just a few Tbs while whisking constantly.

Place all ingredients together in bowl and mix together. Poor into a greased baking dish and cover tightly with tin foil.

Bake covered for 30 minutes, uncover and cook for another 15 minutes until golden on top.

Happy Thanksgiving!!

Mason Fullerton for #LifeWithoutLimits

Below is a success story submitted by patient Mason Fullerton. His journey reminds us how important engaged, focused PT care is. 

“My name is Mason Fullerton and I have Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome – a connective joint and tissue disorder.

I have been getting physical therapy since I was ten months old, and now I am 8 years old. At Excel I have been working on my balance and strengthening my ankles because I was falling a lot. I have been at Excel for 3 months. I like Excel because we started out seeing how my ankles are and they built up my strength before I started running, so I would have energy. At my old PT, they would just say run 3 laps for 3 minutes. They didn’t push me too hard. Now I am having fun! I get to throw footballs and do stool racing. I look forward to going to each session and I used to hate going to my old PT.

After 6 weeks of Excel my orthopedic doctor said I improved a lot! That was the first time my mom and I ever heard that! Thanks Excel.”

Mason is pictured with the Jenkintown team of Meredith Mayes, Dan Reppert and Danielle Veacock.

Yolanda Anderson for #LifeWithoutLimits

Below is one of many success stories, contributed by our patient, Yolanda Anderson. Her recovery inspires us to do what we do. Go Yolanda!

1. What made you consider Physical Therapy?

I was referred by my Orthopedist.

2. How have your perceptions/expectations changed since beginning treatment with Excel?

I should have sought treatment sooner. My therapist not only helped to treat my injuries but taught me preventative exercises that I could do at home on my own.

3. What has been the best part of your recovery?

I am now able to participate in physical activities without any pain, such as running and strength.

4. What can you do now that you couldn’t do before starting therapy?

Long distance running. Prior to coming to therapy I couldn’t run past two miles without knee pain. Now I can run a full marathon.

Below is a note from Yolanda about her experience:

“I was experiencing minor knee pain off and on while running. The pain worsened and I was diagnosed with IT band syndrome. I began receiving Graston and ART techniques at Excel along with exercises to strengthen my hips. I was advised by my physical therapist to stop running as the pain persisted. After a month or so, I was able to gradually start running again while continuing treatment. I have completed many running events since the start of my treatment, including a full marathon. I’m happy that Desirae was able to help me get back to pain free running.”

–Yolanda Anderson