Coconut is a great alternative to tofu (which is almost as bad as cattle rearing in terms of soil erosion and clear cutting of forests). You can use coconut in so many ways. I love it raw of course in green salads, fruit salads, coconut pouridge, and on its own. But if you fry it up in a pan with a little olive oil and sea salt the flavour is incredible! Add it to your pasta dishes, rice dishes, salads, stir-fries and in anything you can think of. Even my friends who eat meat love it and make it for themselves. You don't have to be afraid of coconuts anymore because if you look below I will show you how to open one!
How to open a coconut and get all the "meat" out the EASY WAY!
Drain the water out by digging a knife into the softest black spot at the top of the coconut (there are 3, but one is soft). Then use a hammer to repeatedly hit the center of the coconut while turning it in your hand. It will crack down the center. Use a pear knife to cut little pieces out of the nut. You do this by pressing (like in the picture) down into the pulp of the coconut all the way, and then flicking the knife to one side which will pry the piece loose. If you are doing it right it will only take you a couple of minutes to get the whole thing out!