There is no escape...believe it or not. Mathematics is everywhere.
I do not grade homework. I do walk around and check it in. We discuss the homework and then I have a short four question quiz. I just write the problems on the board and I only grade three of the problems. The last question is "bonus." The quiz problems are always parallel to the homework problems.
This accomplishes two things:
It rewards the students for doing the homework.
It helps the students build up their confidence with their test taking skills. Because the quiz is over a small amount of material, it helps eliminate "test phobia."
I hope this helps.