Honestly, I wasn't really sure what to expect form this recipe with the oatmeal being the odd factor for me. Well, I made as directed and added carrot, celery and some kale. It all came out quite nice and the oatmeal is very similar to adding barley flakes to a soup. I love the low calorie and sugar content. You could add pretty much anything your heart might desire and it would work here.
After extensive researching zatar leaves are wild oregano leaves, if anyone was wondering.