05/21/2012 09:37 am ET Updated Feb 24, 2014

12 Ways Egg Whites Can Lighten Up Your Meal

Egg whites are one of those amazing ingredients that can completely transform your food. Whether it's for breakfast or dessert, egg whites can lighten up a dish like nothing else. Depending on the consistency you're going for, you can whip whites into soft or hard peaks, or you can simply substitute them in for yolks, no whipping necessary. Even replacing a few eggs with egg whites can lighten up a dish enormously.

While people often think of egg whites for desserts, they're also really great in savory recipes as well. Here are 12 recipes made lighter with egg whites.

(And if you need a handy tool to help you separate the whites from the yolk, this "Yolk Fish" is the most adorable egg separator we've ever seen.)

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