Why the Diesel in your food you ask?

We're Dan and Kacie and Diesel Food is our grand creation! Kacie is a Pilates instructor and I am a Plant Based Recipe developer.  Our goal with Diesel Food is to empower the world by providing delicious healthy recipes, ideas for creating a strong body and tips for cultivating a sound mind!

We hope you have as much fun with Diesel Food as we've had putting it together!

Who's the crew?


My name is Dan and I hail from the great state of Montana. Currently, and for the foreseeable future, I live in this green wonderland that outsiders call, "Portland, OR."

Born and raised in a small Montana town, I attended trade school where I learned how to rebuild anything and everything diesel related. I worked on bulldozers, forklifts, cranes, graders...yes, basically everything. After graduation I took my newly acquired ‘Heavy Equipment’ degree and landed a pretty good gig at the local Freightliner dealership. At that point I was given the nickname Diesel.  In the first week my newly acquired nickname grew legs and started sprinting! That first year I had all but forgotten my actual name.

Fast forward 15 years; I left Freightliner, moved to Portland, became a ‘specialty’ diesel mechanic and then broke my way into an IT job. More importantly though during this time I learned how to feed myself. I learned that stiffness and sore joints don't have to be, "something that comes with old age." I learned that, "I'm just not flexible," is bullshit. I also learned how to listen to my body and what it was telling me.

Diesel Food is my way to share what I have learned with you in the hopes that you will share with someone or multiple someone’s you love in this life. Knowledge is free, let’s pass it on!


Hello, my name is Kacie! I’m a 25 year-old “super senior” at Portland State University currently pursuing a Liberal Arts degree. Liberal Arts degree? What does that even mean? Well I went from majoring in Environmental Science (worthwhile but not an action oriented discipline) to Business Administration (boring) to Computer Science (what was I thinking) to Communications (really 7 courses covers the discipline) to Pre-Med (a.k.a. I’m officially a science geek now) to I want to graduate before I’m 35 and only take classes that contribute to MY growth as a human. Pursuit of knowledge and acting upon knowledge is what drives me.

Understanding of how the body functions and how the body functions best is my passion and why I am so excited to contribute to Diesel Food! I’m currently pursuing my Pilates instructor license (licensed summer 2013!) and will pursue a yoga instructor license next. Along with functional anatomy experience I also have formal biology and chemistry training.

My (other) passion is contributing to a world without social and ecological injustice. Diesel Food’s philosophy aligns with this passion. Awareness of how our food consumption choices impact ourselves, our community and our global community allows us to make a conscious decision to choose foods that align with our values. Food is a vehicle for pursuing justice!