Lobster & Sweet Potato Corn Risotto w/ Sauteed Rainbow Chard

*warning*- I discuss the humane execution of a lobster, and there is a photo of one about to be executed. You've been warned!

If I could compile a list of the many ways my life has changed since beginning this journey to a healthier life style, it would be a novel in itself. The way I look at the world, enjoying the little things in life even more, taking advantage of this second chance I've been given. My doctors kept warning me of my risk for heart disease, diabetes, etc. I almost didn't fit into a roller coaster seat last year, yet I refused to change my eating habits.

I went from a size 18/20 to a size 14 since January 29th. As I tried on wedding dresses I watched my sisters jaws drop. Each dress looked better than the last until I found THE one. It is elegant, romantic, vintage looking and unique all at once. Going down from 255 to 207 lbs feels incredible. I feel like I can accomplish anything and am ready to take on the world. I have taken on new endeavors, an exciting internship and even a gig as a recipe developer.

Each time I visit the grocery store I stand in front of the lobster tank doe eyed pleading with just one look to take the crustacean home for a proper execution and plating. Well today it finally worked. Tim wanted to celebrate over my excitement in finding the dress I will become his wife in. Or maybe it was just an excuse to have lobster for dinner. Don't question it, just go with it. ;)

I felt a bit guilty when one of the lobsters stared me down while crawling towards my lens as I photographed him. He might have been plotting his revenge, or maybe just intrigued by his reflection on my lens, but he was the first to go. I watched him from behind the safety of my Canon, bracing himself as the knife humanely made its way between his shutting eyes. In an instant he was gone. We reassured their twitching shells that they had not died in vain. (And people say death and food aren't related).

They most definitely did not die in vain. This risotto was absolutely delicious. Simple, flavorful, filling and guilt free. Just the way I like it. Lobster risotto generally consist of arborio rice, cream, butter and cheese. Mouthwatering and creamy, but filled with plenty of fat, calories and carbs. This guilt free version is not only only made with fresh lobster but layered with even more flavor thanks to the addition of sauteed rainbow chard on top of the decadent sweet potato risotto.

Use the left over lobster meat and stock for making lobster bisque, lobster rolls, lobster salad, lobster pot pie, lobster grilled cheese, lobster mac and cheese etc. Enjoy!

* Only add a second lobster to this dish for 1 of 3 reasons: 1) extra claw meat for presentation 2) the extra shells for making lobster stock (lobster bisque base) or 3) just to have extra cooked lobster lying around. You can make this recipe using only one lobster, it just won't be as much fun. ;)

Lobster & Sweet Potato Corn Risotto w/ Sauteed Rainbow Chard

Nutrition Facts
356 calories
10.5 grams of fat
15.2 grams of carbs
2.9 grams of fiber
49.1 grams of protein
147% Vitamin A
117.5% Vitamin b-12
47.6% Zinc
40.3% Magnesium
35.9% Vitamin C 
Sweet potato, lobster and corn risotto
Homemade lobster stock
2 fresh cooked lobster claws
Sauteed Rainbow Swiss Chard

Lobster
2  1-1/4 lb live lobsters
3 bay leaves
10 black peppercorns
Water for pot
Salt for water
  1. Fill a large pot 3/4 of the way with water and bring to a boil.
  2. Humanely execute the lobsters and remove claws.
  3. Cook the claws for 3 minutes in boiling water, remove and place into an ice bath immediately.
  4. Add the remaining lobster shells into the boiling water to create your stock. Lower the heat to a simmer immediately and let it go for 45 minutes. Remove shells and place into ice bath to stop carry over cooking.
  5. Set lobster stock aside.

Sweet Potato, Lobster & Corn Risotto

1 medium sized sweet potato fine diced
1/2 shallot fine diced
1 clove of garlic diced
3 tablespoons of olive oil
1/4 cup of lobster stock
1/4 cup of lobster stock (separate)
1 lobster tail meat diced
1/4 can of canned corn meat (you may use fresh as well)
  1. In a large saute pan on low heat, add olive oil, garlic and shallots until they are translucent. 
  2. Add sweet potato and increase heat to medium high, stirring vigorously until the sweet potato becomes a golden brown color.
  3. Add lobster stock and cook the liquid out while stirring vigorously. When the pan is about to go dry, add another 1/4 cup of lobster stock, stirring vigorously. This is the risotto method of cooking.
  4. At this point your sweet potato should be getting soft, at this point, throw in chopped up tail meat and corn and cook until just heated through. 
Sauteed Rainbow Chard
1 tablespoon of olive oil
1 clove of garlic crushed
1 bunch of rainbow chard, no stems
  1. Over medium heat, slowly brown the garlic in a medium sized saute pan.
  2. Remove the clove of garlic. Turn off heat and slowly rotate the chard in the pan until just wilted.
You will have left over lobster and lobster stock, which you can use for lobster bisque, lobster rolls, lobster sushi or lobster mac and cheese among the many recipes you now have two important ingredients for. Enjoy!

29 comments:

  1. This looks stunning - but I know what you mean about guilt! Nevertheless, I think I'd go the same way ;) I've never had corn risotto, it sounds fantastic!

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  2. LMAO! Kym this post reminds me of when I had to cup up a lobster for my lobster mac and cheese! Omg it was a lot of work I had to have my boyfriend come in to help me. Anyways, I love this lobster risotto dish it looks amazing! Great work sweetie!

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  3. I'm happy with how much you've accomplished, Kym...and I am so excited to know that you've found your wedding dress! I can imagine how beautiful you will look in it!
    Btw, that's a gorgeous risotto! I haven't tried buying a whole live lobster. Preparing a dish from it seems a lot of work. You did a pretty good job, girl!

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  4. Oh my GOD does this look amazing. Indulgent. Delicious. Perfect. Thanks for sharing!
    -Jillian, www.zestandhoney.com

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  5. Can't wait to see a picture of you in your wedding dress, I am sure you will be stunning!
    This lobster looks wonderful. Great risotto for spring.

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  6. Congratulations on your amazing accomplishment and finding that perfect dress. What a great feeling that must be.
    This stunning risotto looks like the perfect celebratory dish!

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  7. Incredible! Congratulations on all of the things that you have accomplished & finding the dress!! Woohoo! That's exciting! What a delicious meal to celebrate with! The lobster is totally calling my name! YUM!

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  8. Beautiful pictures...I give you credit on the live lobsters... I just don't think I could do it...haha Looks so good tho

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  9. Oh my goodness this looks absolutely amazing. I love every component. Can I hire you to come make some for me? I like the new look of your site too, very classy!

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  10. Great dish. Flawless craft and execution. Love the presentation as well.

    Bravo.

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  11. This looks and sounds so amazing, trumped only by YOUR weight loss triumph. Kudo's on both accomplishments and congratulations on your impending nuptials. My wish for you is to be as happily married as I am! The only part I don't get is the concept of leftover lobster. No such thing in my world!

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  12. First and foremost, congratulations on your upcoming wedding, weight loss and other achievements. Way to go, girl!

    This is a fabulous dish!

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  13. That's a lot of weight to lose. If you've been eating like this AND losing that much weight, I'm doing it all wrong. :)

    This dish looks magical.

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  14. I love lobster but never had a chance to execute it haha. We're in same five star cooking group but this is the first time I visited your blog out of the challenge :D Great dish and execution, Ky!

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  15. This looks stunningly beautiful--oh, my! I will have to try this recipe for sure. Congrats on your weight-loss and your impending nuptials...sounds like you're on your way to a very happy future!

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  16. Ok, first of all, this looks freaking awesome! Second, I am so proud of you with your weight loss! I need to follow in your footsteps! And third, I also give you props for killing the lobster. I am still too freaked out to do it.

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  17. Congrats on finding THE wedding gown! I remember how it's like to finally find the one you love and it looks so perfectly fit in there. :-) Your lobster looks so delicious. I love the risotto too! Amazing skills to cook lobster on your hands!

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  18. Wow, this is a stunning risotto! Lobster, corn and rice--oh my. I have yet to kill a lobster, but I know the time is coming. Thanks for this post!

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  19. Sweet potato, corn, and lobster all in one dish? I don't think it would be possible to pack any more of my favorites into one recipe. This looks amazing :)

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  20. Congratulations on both your weight loss and your wedding! What a beautiful meal. I've yet to make risotto and my husband loves it. It's on my list now. :)

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  21. SO elegant and delicious, Kym!!!! And you will be such a BEAUTIFUL bride...congratulations on the new you!!! xo

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  22. Ummmm....This is a good way to lose weight and be healthy!

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  23. The combination of lobster, sweet potato and corn sounds amazing! 5 Stars!

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  24. I am about to drool over my keyboard - what an amazing recipe! So decadent and I love the flavor combinations. Maybe I'll make this for my boyfriend's birthday :D It sure would impress him!

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  25. delicious dish and flavourful post

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  26. beautiful job! congrats on finding your dress :)

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  27. Congrats on the weight loss and your new gig. I'm glad you found your wedding dress, I know you will be beautiful in your wedding dress.

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