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Beef Roast with Turnip Greens


This is my favorite time of year when the slow cooker is in use often and hot soups and comfort meals are the standard. I love a good slow cooked beef roast all year, but I actually crave it on cold days when I can get home and into warm layers for a few hours of down time.

Slow cooker beef roast is so easy. Once I decide on the usual vegetables—onions, potatoes, carrots-and decide which gravy to use-broth or wine based-all that’s left is arranging it and turning it on. And I’m the first to say that sometimes the standard “roast potatoes gravy” gets a little boring. A few years ago, I received a copy of the new Cooking Light cookbook.


It has the updated Principles of eating healthy.


And better yet, it has amazing recipes.


Like Beef Roast with Turnip Greens.

I have never put turnip greens in my pot roast. But I knew I wanted to try this! And this would be my first attempt in substituting flours so my version would be gluten-free. I used gluten-free all-purpose flour like Bob’s Red Mill 1-to-1 gluten-free flour.

Beef Roast with Turnip Greens

Beef Roast with Turnip Greens

Yield: 10
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 8 hours
Total Time: 8 hours 20 minutes

This slow-cooker roast recipe is healthy and delicious! This is my updated gluten-free version. Note: Cook time is 8 hours on LOW. 


  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour , about 3/4 cup (I substituted GLUTEN FREE flour)
  • 3 lbs boneless chuck roast, trimmed
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 pound fresh turnip greens, trimmed and coarsely chopped
  • 3 cups 2-inch diagonally cut parsnips (about 1 pound)
  • 3 cups cubed peeled Yukon gold potatoes, about 1 pound
  • 2 cups cipollini onions, peeled and quartered (I used frozen pearl onions)
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 cup dry red wine
  • 1 14-ounce can fat-free, lower-sodium beef broth
  • 1 tablespoon black peppercorns
  • 4 thyme sprigs
  • 3 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 bunch fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • Thyme sprigs, optional


  1. Place flour in a shallow dish. Sprinkle beef evenly with salt and pepper; dredge in flour.
  2. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add oil to pan; swirl to coat.
  3. Add beef; sauté 10 minutes, turning to brown on all sides.
  4. Place turnip greens in a 6-quart electric slow cooker; top with parsnips, potatoes, and onions. Transfer beef to slow cooker.
  5. Add tomato paste to skillet; cook 30 seconds, stirring constantly. Stir in wine and broth; bring to a boil, scraping pan to loosen browned bits. Cook 1 minute, stirring constantly. Pour broth mixture into slow cooker.
  6. Place peppercorns and next 4 ingredients (through parsley) on a double layer of cheesecloth. Gather edges of cheesecloth together; secure with twine. Add cheesecloth bundle to slow cooker.
  7. Cover and cook on LOW 8 hours or until beef and vegetables are tender.
  8. Discard cheesecloth bundle. Remove roast from slow cooker; slice. Serve with vegetable mixture and cooking liquid. Garnish with thyme sprigs, if desired.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 426Total Fat: 19gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 94mgSodium: 409mgCarbohydrates: 30gFiber: 5gSugar: 5gProtein: 32g





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I loved the addition of the greens! The wine and beef broth helped tone down the bitterness. They were tender but still had a bite to them, which is my favorite texture for greens. Now I have a new standard for beef roast. Thanks, Cooking Light!

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