Chef talk_ lesley harb of fast n fresh

Lesley Harb, a chef and restaurateur behind the Fast N Fresh (32 S. Juicy baked chicken tenders Osprey Ave., Sarasota, 702-2900; 8105 Cooper Creek Boulevard, University Park, 315-4500; and 8138 Lakewood Main St., Bradenton, 462-2650; concept, has been whipping up refreshingly healthy meals since her first eatery opened in Sarasota in 2009. Baked chicken tenders panko buttermilk She sources seasonal, and often local, ingredients for her salads and wraps, and delights in serving handcrafted dressings and in-house grilled meats.

A: Everything I know is self-taught, with the exception of an amazing week I spent taking a course at the Culinary Institute of America in New York for my 40 th birthday. Baked chicken tenders temperature The restaurant business is quite a leap from my previous life as a registered nurse, though those skills do come in handy on occasion. Baked chicken tenders time Growing up, my rural Alabaman grandmother was probably my biggest culinary influence.

Homemade chicken fingers with flour She loved it when her family was home for the holidays and it was her mission to make sure we were fed well. Homemade chicken fingers with panko There is something innately satisfying that comes from creating a meal and having the people you love devour it. Homemade chicken tenders batter To this day, I get a kick out of seeing bowls come back to the kitchen as clean as a whistle.

A: Fast N Fresh opened in The Shoppes at UTC in April 2009. Homemade chicken strips with bread crumbs Our vision has always been the same: to offer fresh food fast. How to make chicken fingers with flour These days, everyone is on the go. How to make chicken strips without eggs We wanted our place to be a place where people could create their own meal exactly how they wanted it. How to make chicken strips for salad Face it, we are all a little picky and that is okay. Chicken finger sub calories You can come to one of our restaurants and never have the same meal twice, unless you want to. Calories in two chicken tenders Over the last seven years, Fast N Fresh has grown and evolved to include three locations and a new menu with Grain Bowls.

A: Our Summer Pecan Salad blends the sweet, crunchy and chewy. 4 chicken tenders calories It has spinach, Gorgonzola cheese, freshly sliced strawberries, glazed pecans, dried cranberries and our house-made raspberry vinaigrette. 4 fingers crispy chicken calories The Turkey Bacon Ranch Wrap is a low-fat, whole wheat wrap with romaine lettuce, shredded cheddar, tomatoes, bacon crumbles, Boar’s Head Ovengold turkey, freshly sliced avocados and ranch dressing. Baked chicken tenders recipe easy And the Bali Bowl is made with Basmati rice, spinach, purple cabbage, mango, sliced red peppers, green onions, carrots and our house-made coconut-peanut sauce.

A: Fast N Fresh has been, from the beginning, an original. Chicken fingers recipe To this day, people come in and are blown away by the fact that they can be the chef and design a salad, wrap or grain bowl how they like it. Baked chicken fingers Whether they like just a little dressing, or want freshly squeezed lemon and olive oil, we will happily do that. Homemade chicken fingers We also have our produce delivered daily. Grilled chicken tenders recipe We use local produce, when seasonally available, and we slice, dice and chop almost all of our toppings. How to make chicken fingers The meats are grilled in-house and we also make most of our dressings.

A: Because food is so photogenic and what we do is so visually appealing, I have been teaching myself food photography. Baked chicken strips recipe It started with a Nikon D7000 camera and an inexpensive lens. Chicken fingers calories But, much like an addict, it has evolved into the acquisition of a macro lens that makes my heart go pitter-patter every time I take it out of my camera bag. Baked chicken fingers recipe Now I have a permanent studio setup next to our kitchen at home so I can quickly shoot menu items as I create them.

For the salad: toss the ingredients in a large bowl. Fried chicken fingers Reserve some peanuts, sesame seeds and wontons to use as garnish on top of the dressing.