Remove stems from eggplant; halve lengthwise. Sprinkle with salt; let drain colander for 45 minutes. Rinse; pat dry. Brush cut sides of eggplants with 1 tsp of the oil. Bake on baking sheet about 40 minutes until tender. Scoop out pulp, leaving 1/2 inch thick shell; chop pulp.
In Dutch oven, heat remaining oil over medium heat and cook onions until softened, about 10 minutes. Add garlic and tomatoes; bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, uncovered for 25 to 30 minutes or until thickened. Stir in chopped eggplant, parsley, lemon juice and salt and pepper to taste. Spoon into eggplant shells; bake on lightly greased baking sheet in 350F oven for 20 to 30 minutes or until very soft. Sprinkle with cheese (if using). MAKES: 6 SERVINGS