Citrus and Herb Pot-Roast with Carrots and Parsnips

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My go-to way to cook a roast has been in a pressure cooker as of late, mostly because it is a quick way to transform a cheap hunk of meat into a delicious meal. There is something about what a slow and steady braise adds to the flavor of the meat that cannot be replicated in that method, however. Here is the recipe I use when I have the few hours to cook a roast the slow way (which unfortunately isn’t very often). It is best prepared in a cast-iron pot that can be used on the stovetop and in the oven. If you have never braised a roast before here are my tips – brown the meat well, and make sure to use a pot that has a tight fitting lid. You want the moisture within the pot to stay there, and it will result in a tender roast. Don’t be afraid to roast it low and slow – if you have the time, turn the temperature down and let it cook longer!

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Citrus and Herb Pot-Roast with Carrots and Parsnips
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Serves: 6-8
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 2-3 pound roast
  • 1½ teaspoons sea salt
  • ¾ cup bone broth
  • 2 tablespoons apple-cider vinegar
  • 1 orange, juiced
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 3 carrots, cut into 2-inch chunks
  • 2 parsnips, cut into 2-inch chunks
  • a few sprigs of fresh herbs (I used rosemary, thyme, and sage)
  1. Preheat your oven to 300 degrees. Heat the coconut oil in the bottom of a heavy-bottomed pot (ideally cast-iron) and brown the roast well on all sides. Turn off the heat, remove the roast from the pot and salt it well.
  2. Add the bone broth, cider vinegar, orange juice and bay leaf to the pot. Add the roast back and surround it with the carrots and parsnips. Generously sprinkle fresh herbs all over the roast and the vegetables.
  3. Making sure you have a lid that fits properly, braise the roast for about 2-3 hours in the oven, checking periodically to make sure there is enough liquid (you shouldn't have a problem if the lid seals well). It is finished when the meat is easily pulled apart with a fork. Serve with some of the juice from the pot poured over top.

About Mickey Trescott

Mickey Trescott is a co-founder here at Autoimmune Wellness and a co-teacher of AIP Certified Coach. After recovering from her own struggle with both Celiac and Hashimoto’s disease, adrenal fatigue, and multiple vitamin deficiencies, Mickey started to write about her experience to share with others and help them realize they are not alone in their struggles. She has a Master's degree in Human Nutrition and Functional Nutrition, and is the author of three best-selling books--The Autoimmune Paleo Cookbook, The Autoimmune Wellness Handbook, and The Nutrient-Dense Kitchen. You can watch her AIP cooking demos by following her on Instagram.


  • Christina says

    Sounds great and delicious!

  • I can guarantee you this will be the first thing I make when I am off my anti-candida diet! As good as I am getting at subbing, I just can’t picture this baby without the orange, carrots, or parsnips. YUM. And heck, I’ve been wondering for ages what I’m ever going to do with that fancy, dust-gathering cast iron pot I have….

    • Yes, the mild sweetness really makes this dish and is worth waiting for :). My pot has sat vacant for awhile since I got a pressure cooker, but I plan on using it a little more after how yummy this turned out!

  • Erin says

    I just put this in the crock pot for dinner. I think it will turn out really well. 😀

    • 319susi says

      Would did it go in the crock pot?

      • Mickey says

        Yes, it would work in the crock pot! I don’t know which temperature setting or for how long, but it would be comparable to a pot roast.


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  • lesley says

    Also, is this a dish that I should avoid until I get the Candid under control?

    • Mickey says

      I’m not sure, I would ask whoever is treating your for the candida what sort of foods you should be avoiding. I know some avoid starches while in treatment, others don’t.

      Good luck!


  • Heather says

    I have your cookbook and have made this…. It’s very good ! I actually prefer to leave the vegetables out and cook them separately ( with any pot roast recipe). In any case, there is something about the orange juice in this recipe that really adds great flavor. Thanks!

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    • Angel Basden says

      This recipe was amazing! So refreshing and tasty!

  • Stephanie says

    I really love this recipe and have been making it once a week. It’s amazing how simple and flavorful all of your recipes have been. Thank you for these. I am feeling so much better and not missing other foods in the way I have during an elimination phase before. For those of you that used a crocpot can you share the temperature setting and amount of hours you used for this recipe? Mickey, Would you mind sharing the steps for the pressure cooker? I don’t have as much time this wekeend and still wanted to make this. Thanks

  • Shannon says

    I have this in the oven now. I can’t wait. I added sweet potatoes.

  • Shannon says

    This was so good. I added sweet potosi yes to it and used dill and rosemary.

  • Nick says

    So yummy!

  • C says

    Perfectly delicious and satisfying.

  • Lisen Lundblad says

    Hi, I really can not bare Parsnips, could I use sweet pot?

    • Mickey Trescott says

      Hi Lisen, sweet potatoes won’t work here as they break down much too quickly. I’d try a harder root veggie like turnips or rutabega!

  • Julie DeAngelis says

    This is my FAV AIP dinner!!!! I have made it twice so far. I had never had a parsnip before. Who knew they added so much flavor!! I love the taste of the pot roast!! I can taste the fresh orange. And it’s pretty easy to prepare and make. This is hands down the best recipe!!! #lovethis #aip

    • Mickey Trescott says

      Julie, I am happy to have introduced you to the world of parsnips! Enjoy!

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  • Lisa Morales says

    You’ve done it AGAIN! Simply delicious and my husband, who is not on this AIP journey with me, is impressed again. I was worried that I would have to spend hours learning to cook differently, but everything I’ve made out of your book has been fantastic, and I cannot wait to share the tastes with my friends at dinner parties. That says a lot, as a couple of my friends are in the food industry, and I know they will love these new menu items as much as we do. Thank you so much!

  • Lauren Umbaugh says

    This fits the bill for dinner later this week – love that you have ideas for serving – will turn any leftovers into tacos! Anyhow, I not sure I’ve braised before.. can you clarify temp and time? Also would a le creuset pot be sufficient? Thanks so much!

    • Mickey Trescott says

      Hey Lauren! A Le Creuset pot will be fine! All the instructions about temp and time cooking are in the recipe. Enjoy!

  • Mary Unangst says

    I had to leave a comment. This is better than the sum of its parts. So unassuming, yet so delicious. I didn’t have an orange, so I used the juice of a lemon. My father-in-law (a picky SAD eater) raved about it!

  • Tracy Long says

    I have never bought a roast before. How do I know what kind to buy? There are so many different types. Thanks!

    • Mickey Trescott says

      Hey Tracy! This recipe is pretty flexible and works with a variety of cuts. I would see if your butcher has a roast of chuck, brisket, or round. If you let them know you are making a pot roast they should be able to help you find something! Know that the tougher, generally cheaper cuts work well for this recipe, so no need to spend more for something fancy. Good luck!

  • Lea says

    Is enamel coated cast iron okay to use or is it better to not use the enamel coated?

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