4 Cooking Secrets That Will Keep You Sane This School Year

From overnight breakfasts to appealing lunches, here's how to keep your children happy and well-fed.

If the words "back to school" fill you with dread, take a deep breath. On this week's "Things Cooks Know," hosts Sarah Humphreys and Sarah Karnasiewicz discuss a few smart ways to feed your children healthy meals without completely driving yourself crazy.

1. Think about balanced meals over a bigger time frame. It's easy to get overwhelmed if you attempt to make every single meal perfectly portioned and representative of every food group. Instead, pay attention to how well they're eating over the course of the day or week. If they're hitting the major food groups most days, you're doing it right.

2. Make use of your slow cooker in the morning. You might think this genius kitchen tool is only reserved for big batch dinners, but you can put it to work overnight for healthy, quick breakfasts that are (almost) magically ready when you wake up in the morning. Not sure what to make? We have six brilliant breakfast ideas for you to try.

3. Freeze everything. Next time you make a big batch of pancakes or waffles for Sunday brunch, double the batch and save the surplus in the freezer. You can toast them on a busy weekday morning for a fun, homemade breakfast that is completely stress-free.

4. Make sure lunches have a lot of variety. If you give your children enough choice in their lunch, there's a greater chance that something will stick (and won't be traded for cookies). And yes—you can make a lunch out of miscellaneous leftovers. Feeling uninspired? Try themes, like breakfast-for-lunch, to switch things up.

Listen to the full episode below for more kitchen inspiration, and don't forget to subscribe on iTunes!