'Yummy' dishes are not supposed to be easy, lol. If you ever travel to Turkey (and Greece) you will see that they make at least 40 different dishes with eggplants.
There are different varieties of course. Dark purple round ones (big and small), dark purple long ones (3-10 inches), white&purple striped long ones etc.
My favorite is what the Turks call 'karniyarik' (open abdomen) lol.
You take a few 4-6in long eggplants and cut off the leaves near the stem. Slit open lengthwise, spoon out the seeds (if there are any). Either fry them in a little oil for 1-2 mins, or just place them in the pan with some oil (lighter).
Prepare minced beef, adding salt, black pepper, some tomato paste or fresh crushed tomatoes etc. frying a little bit so the color changes, but do not overcook the beef.
Fill the eggplants (the abdomen lol) with the minced beef and place in a 2-3 inch deep baking tray. Cook in the oven until the eggplants are tender. Alternately, you can cook them over the stove. But make sure to add some water so they dont stick and get burned.
This meal is best accompanied by natural yogurt/cacik.