Lesson that Sally learned from Rachael Ray:
When making a stew with eggplants, add and saute the other veggies first and then put the eggplant on top. This way, the other veggies share the oil and then emit their own liquids to cook the eggplant. If you add the eggplant first, it soaks up all the oil and you end up having to use a lot more oil.
I wish I had known this when I cooked eggplant a few weeks ago… it was like a sponge for oil!