This is fairly easy and delicious. If you like pot roast and gravy this is a close 2nd. I am not very good at measuring, so taste as you go and add extra salt, pepper, broth, Thyme, etc. a little at a time to suit your taste. I also don't always pay attention to how much time it takes to prepare or cook things but this is very forgiving. Please don't leave out the parsnips if you can help it. They are sweet and wonderful and in my opinion make the dish. It's still delicious with just carrots but more so with parsnips. This is a small/quickie version of my Mom's pot roast that I have received many, many compliments and requests for. The last time I served her pot roast to guests they didn't speak until they were almost finished eating. Love this with crusty bread, home made relish and a simple salad if you want.