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Herb roast on a budget

Herb Roasted Lamb or Beef

Chef Dawn Ludwig
This recipe is a flavorful, savory dish that the whole family will love. It’ll definitely feel like a special treat without the extra expense. Slow-cooking or pressure-cooking means you can make these ahead of time and have them ready when you get home for dinner.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 8 hrs
Total Time 8 hrs 15 mins
Course Main Course, Meat
Cuisine European
Servings 6 servings


  • Slow cooker OR pressure cooker


  • 2.5 lbs boneless shoulder roast (lamb shoulder or beef chuck; if using beef chuck, increase to 2.75 pounds to account for lower fat content)
  • 1 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tsp rosemary
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • 1/2 tsp sage
  • 1 cup red or white wine (we used white, but red would work)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground pepper


  • Heat the olive oil in a pressure cooker on the sauté setting or in a stovetop-safe slow cooker insert, Dutch oven, or slow cooker over medium heat.
  • Add the herbs and stir for a few seconds until fragrant.
  • Place the roast in the oil and cook, turning regularly, until lightly browned on all sides, about 5 to 10 minutes total.
  • Add the wine and water. Pressure cook for 70 minutes. (If using a slow cooker on low, cook on low for 8 hours or medium for 4 to 5. If using a Dutch oven, cover and simmer over low heat for about 2 hours).
  • The roast will become juicy and tender, resembling an almost stew-like consistency. The meat will be tender enough to easily shred as you stir it. This allows the juices to be distributed back into the meat. Truly delicious!


Swap 1.5 pounds of the meat for 1.5 pounds of tofu. Increase the oil to 3 Tablespoons and increase the spices by about half to account for tofu’s ability to absorb more flavor (Rosemary, thyme, and salt would increase to 1 teaspoon, while sage and ground pepper increase to 3/4 teaspoon). Stir in the tofu after the meat is browned, then cook as directed.

Nutrition (Herb Roast Only)

Fat: 31g
Carbohydrates: 1g
Protein: 24g
Calories: 400

Nutrition (Complete Meal)

As a Phase 1 meal, serve with a slow carbohydrate like a bowl of Split Pea Soup (Always Delicious pg. 161) and 1/4 cup berries for dessert (or, if still hungry, enjoy 1/2 cup berries topped with 2 tablespoons Whipped Cream - Always Hungry? pg. 230)
Fat: 32g (46%)
Carbohydrate: 41g (26%)
Protein: 37g (24%)
Calories: 620
Keyword Meat, Slow Cooker